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2019-10-13T05:48:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Enterprise Routers?

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Hi,

We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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Top 5Real User

We do not have an issue with the price. The license is perpetual and is in-built to the router upon purchase of the device. However, they recently changed the licensing model to one which is subscription-based for periods of three, five or seven years. The licensing fee is okay and matches industry standards, which is the benchmark.

2021-09-07T12:23:56Z
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Top 10Real User

This solution is expensive compared to competitors. There are additional costs if you want to have their support.

2021-08-17T17:12:05Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution could be cheaper. There is no licensing cost.

2021-08-17T12:41:13Z
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Top 20Real User

The prices of Cisco are mostly fair. Cisco is similar to BMW for the networking industry. If you compare it with other vendors, such as Huawei, they cannot match the service. Cisco solution serves as the BMW of the networking industry in the way that the others are trying to live up to those expectations. Cisco is justified in some of the pricing, not all the pricing, if you go to the Cisco website, you can see the detailed documentation. I am currently working with Nokia and it is very difficult to find where the documentation is on the web. They do not even provide the datasheets, and they are only provided them on request for the equipment. How will a person really appreciate a company when it comes to that kind of solution? I can go to the Cisco website and look at the SD-WAN to see the validated designs, all the information, and understand them just by creating myself an account but not with Nokia. I am even trying to figure out what are the protocols that Nokia will use in their SD-WAN solution. It would be much easier to have documentation to compare the advantage and disadvantages. Cisco's openness in their documentation is one of the most appealing strengths of the company, it really gives you an indication of how open they are. The documents detail how much money they spend on it, and how they are helping the industry from an infrastructure perspective. Additionally, Cisco gives you talented individuals. There are people who are self-learners who will go to the website and look at the documentation, learn, and understand the software to find which functionality has a bug. When it comes to a Nokia, they will only help you if you are a managed service with a contract. Otherwise, you cannot even deploy their equipment, this is not a good practice. I justify part of the pricing that Cisco has but not the full model. There is a 25 percent price increase over the Nokia and it is justified for what Cisco delivers to its customers. I am calculating not just the pricing for just the routers, but the overall price, including openness and how much support they can handle. They are excellent. If you run a network without software support from Cisco and call technical support they will help. For example, they will indicate the problem exists because you upgraded the software and if you have a contract, you can automatically download the software to fix the problem. This would not be the case with Nokia, you will need them to be involved, they select the managed services, and that makes it extremely difficult for people to afford. Cisco is way too expensive for small and medium businesses. They must lower their prices in the lower range equipment. They need to make sure that they do not ignore that market segment because they will lose it for good. They will be gone from the Asian market and they will survive with only those companies which are extending their arms into India and South Asia because of the large companies that are there. They will not be able to penetrate the markets in all small and medium businesses and will not thrive.

2021-07-31T12:34:34Z
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Top 20Real User

It's not probably the best solution if you have a very limited budget, as it can become very expensive to have robust equipment.

2021-06-19T09:17:20Z
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Top 5Real User

The price of Cisco Enterprise Routers is good for the service that you get.

2021-05-22T10:36:47Z
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Top 10Real User

The price is reasonable. We pay for licensing every year.

2021-04-29T14:33:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It's expensive and the pricing could be improved. The license is paid yearly.

2021-02-25T15:13:08Z
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Top 5Real User

There are licensing costs and they are expensive.

2021-02-24T10:07:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It's quite expensive for small businesses.

2021-02-11T12:22:09Z
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Top 10Reseller

The price should be reduced.

2021-01-24T08:38:46Z
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Top 10Real User

Some companies provide initial licenses very cheaply, as do Cisco, but when you want to renew or expand something, the licensing becomes expensive.

2021-01-23T11:57:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I have found the price to be expensive for the solution. Other products are coming to the market that are not as expensive, Cisco should reduce their price to be more comparable.

2021-01-08T14:10:43Z
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Top 5Consultant

It's not a fair price, it's a bit too high.

2020-12-16T19:36:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Linksys products are cheaper than Cisco Switches. Cisco Switches are an expensive product in India.

2020-12-06T06:46:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Cisco Enterprise Routers are expensive.

2020-09-06T08:04:28Z
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Top 5MSP

I am happy with the price of Cisco Enterprise Routers, but they could offer more discounts to their customers.

2020-09-06T08:04:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The price is reasonable.

2020-08-20T07:50:15Z
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Top 10Reseller

Cisco routers are very pricey. This is the biggest complaint from customers for which we provide support.

2020-08-19T07:57:28Z
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Top 5Real User

The initial costs of using a full Cisco scenario like purchasing gears and licenses may be a little bit high. However, with accurate design and implementation, you should make sure you are good to go for years.

2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
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Real User

We don't have any licenses at this time. There were some compensating licenses that needed to be renewed every year, but then Cisco ended that practice. It was also sort of the local price break for the solution. Currently, we just pay for the hardware once and extra for the warranty extension. Besides those costs, there were no additional expenses. We did pay additional for a specific module. It was from another company embedded inside the Cisco product and we had to renew every year on that license. But then Cisco stopped promoting the use of that feature. When they did the product performed better because the module was taking up too much of the CPU usage. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Cisco Enterprise Routers poorly from the experience that I have had. I would say a three or possibly four. I wish we had gotten the correct information from Cisco when we talked to them back when we were considering the solution. We told them what we wanted them to do and they recommended this solution. I think there may have been a miscalculation of the sizing of the equipment. So, I give it three out of ten because I could do the same or have the same or better result with a different solution that was not as expensive as this equipment. The company and products are good overall, but they still overprice the equipment compared to the competition.

2019-10-27T06:19:00Z
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Top 20Real User

There's a yearly licensing agreement. You can add more features at an additional cost if you need to.

2019-10-23T05:52:00Z
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Real User

The price of this solution is high.

2019-10-22T04:42:00Z
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Real User

This solution is expensive.

2019-10-21T17:16:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco is mid-tier in terms of pricing and quite affordable by most enterprises.

2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
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