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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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Pros
"The PoE capability of Catalyst Switches is great for using WAPs and other PoE equipment, such as security cameras.""I like everything about Cisco Catalyst Switches. It's both stable and scalable.""One main feature with Cisco is you know you are going to get a very good switching infrastructure that is secure.""These are a proven technology and I haven't had any problem with them.""The warranty and continued firmware support are most valuable.""Technical support is always very helpful and fast to respond.""I have found this solution to be extremely stable.""The configuration is easy."

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"NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it.""Overall, I would say the solution has been quite stable.""The installation is straightforward, it took a couple of hours.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""The solution is easy to use and is good for management control.""Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.""I have found the system to be very intuitive, functional, and they have great technology.""The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing."

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Cons
"The switches could be improved.""The solution offers a bit of complexity and you need a specialized workforce.""In terms of what could be improved, more integration is the main thing they should be focused on.""The solution could improve by having a video IP feature.""We would like the solution to be more stable.""Their price should be improved. They are a little bit expensive.""Their price should be cheaper. We lose a lot of work because of the price that they have.""The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS."

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"We have been satisfied with the technical support. They were able to solve our problems. However, they could be faster.""The technical support could use some improvement.""NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar.""They have to work more and more on the integration for public cloud services and have cyber security platform integration.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""Some configuration maximums are limiting to the user, especially when it comes to the deployment of very, very large environments.""Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses.""Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support."
  • "The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000."
  • "The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium."
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
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  • "The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
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    The solution is easy to implement and quick to deploy.
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    The licensing costs vary. If you buy a lot, the costs are lower, however, if you only need a few, the costs are very, very high. You can also pay for additional support that guarantees four-hour or… more »
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    I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere.
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    Overview
    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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    Sample Customers
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
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    University12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Retailer19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Large Enterprise67%
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 99 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 25 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.4, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Cisco FabricPath, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra and Cisco SD-WAN. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX report.

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