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"Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is easy to use and it has good technical support.""The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities such as routing with the channel.""Its performance and reliability are valuable.""When it comes to switching routing, we have no doubts about Cisco.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the ability to manage the switches and the ability to have a certain level of familiarity with setting up and configuring the switches.""We have found it to be scalable. We have approximately three million subscribers.""In terms of most valuable feature, I would say the user interface."

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"Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""The technical support has been very good.""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support."

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"Better manageability and ease of use would be an improvement.""It'll also help if it can support more network utilization.""The initial setup can be simplified.""Network setup is quite complicated, particularly if you're implementing in a non-technical environment.""Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.""Integration with third-party products could be improved.""Its management should be improved.""It would be nice if they had higher wattage for PoE+."

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"Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""The product could use more security related features.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.""The security of the solution could be a bit better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."
  • "These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment."
  • "We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."
  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
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  • "You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
  • "The price is good."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.
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    Overview
    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.

    Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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    Sample Customers
    Linz AG
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm9%
    University9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Large Enterprise51%
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    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Brocade Ethernet Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Meraki MS Switches, NETGEAR Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.

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