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2019-06-19T08:36:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Nexus?

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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 have a virtual license.

2021-05-22T09:44:25Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution is expensive.

2021-03-31T15:27:37Z
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Top 5Real User

The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher. The costs depend on the features you need, and the license is expensive.

2021-02-24T10:57:10Z
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Top 10MSP

The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced.

2021-01-22T15:17:36Z
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Top 10Real User

The price of the product is reasonable.

2021-01-06T11:28:43Z
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Top 5Real User

I am not aware of the costs for this solution, it is handled by the accounting department.

2020-12-22T11:24:43Z
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Top 5Real User

I thought that it would be less expensive. I always thought that Cisco charges more because of who they are, above the product itself. Whilst it's the best of the breed, and it's the top right-hand corner at Gartner, I wonder how long that would be attractive.

2020-11-09T19:38:57Z
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Top 5Real User

The licensing is all over the place and hard to figure out. They don't seem to bundle features. Everything is always an extra cost.

2020-10-31T09:47:16Z
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Real User

Our licensing costs are yearly.

2019-06-19T08:37:00Z
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Real User

It's around $160K a year for our license.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

From an engineering perspective, the pros outweigh the cons in terms of price.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I don't really deal with the pricing but I know that it's not cheap.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I am intimately aware of what the licensing costs are with Cisco Nexus. It depends on what we decide, how much margin, and what our strategy is when we have an intersection point to where we think won't be spending money on equipment we aren't going to use. I have already had conversations, here and at the five portals required to manage the licensing, with the new OS releases and the requirement to use the smart license portal. There are too many portals. We need a manager. Cisco Nexus is similar to other licensing costs but it's painful right now. I've sent everything to our account executive to work with for our systems integration and logistical partners. They need to solve this and help train the team. There's a big gap in there. Cisco Nexus is very costly for the service. It's insurance in case something happens. We have a very good strategy that we're happy with, it's just the renewal process that is problematic on the license. When I walked through the customer experience center and explained the situation, they got a good feel for how much pain and suffering it's been. Cisco needs to understand how hard the renewals are each year for us. Even having the SmartNet Total Care portal, having a person dedicated to the distributors, etc. it's still a mess. If the incentives get better, which I know Cisco is working on, it would be great, right now, we're buying the license year-to-year. We have three hundred to four hundred data centers of Nexus. So the coverage associated with Smart Net, 27 by 4, is basically what we spend each year.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We do yearly licensing.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Customers do not understand the new licenses or subscription very well. Cisco should work on this. The subscription for licensing is expensive while other vendors provide a switch with everything at a lower price.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market. When we purchased the hardware, the software license came with it.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees. For us, this product is perfect for what we need and it came at the perfect price point.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This solution should be made more affordable.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing fees are paid annually.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We only have a yearly support contract, as we do not use any of the subscription-based functions at this time.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Consultant

The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance. That's something I could see Cisco doing a better job with, i.e. managing SMARTnet contracts for customers. Too much of the onus is on the customer to manage their SMARTnet contracts. They always do a bad job at that. It's a miss for the customers because they don't have the protection that they need. It's a miss for Cisco because they don't have the revenue. Cisco needs to rely more on its distributors to take on that role, but I don't think they always do.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We do yearly licensing. I don't directly pay for Cisco Nexus. Enterprise, above me, pays for all our licensing across the United States. I know we do pay a yearly fee for our portion.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We have a perpetual license, which means that when we purchase a box, there's no license in the box. Those 9K's are just routers. They're like big data center switches.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

The licensing is the area that we are working that's a challenge. With smart licensing, it's all new to us. It used to be, we purchased something and the license was IP-based. With advanced services, you go in and add more depth or details to the license.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

The license on a yearly basis is $200,000.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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MSP

Cisco's licensing structures can be complex across different technologies, for example, unified communications. The ACI licensing is not so bad. As they are moving to the DNA Essentials, as opposed to the old Cisco One Advantage-type solution, it is adding a little more complexity to the licensing scenarios. But in general, I think that Cisco is moving toward synching everything up and trying to get everything licensed in a similar way, whether its a data center switch or a campus network switch. I'm fine with where Cisco is moving to.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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