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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • CentOS Linux is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Cisco NX-OS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.5

CentOS Linux

75%
23 Ratings
8.0

Cisco NX-OS

80%
14 Ratings

Usability

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Cisco NX-OS

82%
1 Rating

Performance

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4

Cisco NX-OS

84%
11 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

CentOS Linux

85%
10 Ratings
7.9

Cisco NX-OS

79%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Cisco NX-OS

80%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

CentOS Linux

In any role where you need raw server power, CentOS Linux is extremely well suited. It is extremely stable, and in my experience, probably the most stable of the Linux distros available. It has a very wide base of support from 3rd party sources for additional functionality that do not come already in the CentOS Linux distribution itself. It is not as appropriate for situations that are customer facing or end user facing. For those, I recommend Ubuntu Linux. But for everything server & compute related, I recommend CentOS Linux.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

This easy solution can be a great help for the big companies on easy multiple data processing and effective networking solutions for the various departments and also generating the real-time data reports with Cisco NX-OS is excellent. For the new users, it takes no time to become a pro on full manipulation of the features and offer the best and quality management services.
Rahim Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CentOS Linux

  • First of all, CentOS is one of the most secure and stable OSes straits from the box.
  • High performance on the average hardware.
  • In most of my scenarios—easy and quick deployment.
  • Huge KB community that helps to build and support different services on CentOS.
  • Versions lifecycle.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Cisco NX-OS is very simple to use and user friendly CLI
  • NX-OS has a modular config so easy to configure.
  • NX-OS comes up with copp policy where we can define most of our system level ontrols instead of defining separate ACLs
Ramesh Kaka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CentOS Linux

  • To maintain maximum stability, software packages may not be the latest and greatest versions but you can easily compile their source code yourself if a packaged version is missing certain functionality.
  • Sometimes, the major version releases of CentOS may be delayed in delivery due to the project's infrastructure limitations. RHEL sets the cadence and others like CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux follow soon after.
  • As it's meant for server installations, personal computer and laptop peripherals that sport the latest technologies might not be supported right away.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Being used to Catalyst IOS the change in some commands gets annoying
  • It also came with a new license model compared to IOS devices
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CentOS Linux

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cisco NX-OS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Usability

CentOS Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
NX-OS has many similarities with the traditional IOS which is quite beneficial when it comes to configuration and learning. As a native Linux system, there are a lot of tools and features that can be enabled for any use case.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CentOS Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.4
Based on 11 answers
Indeed, the latency is very, very low on the Nexus switches. As well, the VPC concept is quite easy to understand and to implement and is working perfectly with servers. So far, we didn't use much automation (unfortunately, we don't have much time and knowledge about this). But we can run scripts with [Cisco] NX-OS, which is really appreciable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CentOS Linux

CentOS Linux 8.5
Based on 10 answers
Again, written documentation is excellent, even on the older versions. The support community is the best. It is comprehensive and I would say that it global because it transcends national boundaries. Also, you find all types of people using CentOS to do all sorts of things so you are bound to find someone to talk to if there are problems.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 7.9
Based on 3 answers
Cisco support never fails me. In terms of timely response, no one is on par with them. They really value the impact of having technical issues and potential business stoppage. Also, their support staff are well equipped with knowledge and skills and easily resolve the most common incidents. Most of the time, we can resolve an issue by just calling them once.
John Patrick Duro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CentOS Linux

CentOS is based on RHEL, so it really came down to the costs when making the selection between our options. RHEL offered more support and features, but nothing that we specifically needed. CentOS is fully customizable, something Windows Server was also lacking in many ways. The stability and speed was unmatched in comparison to Windows, and we were not utilizing any Windows-specific software to require us to use the Microsoft alternative. My years of experience have also made it a breeze to set up and configure new CentOS instances, leading me to stay where I'm comfortable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

I have tried out Aruba's core switches. I would say that Cisco NX-OS is a better option for a core switch if resilience is critical. You are also going to tend to spend more money on NX-OS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

CentOS Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.0
Based on 11 answers
Up to now, we haven't had a major ground-shaking attack on our networks but we take no chances by using NX-OS alongside a SIEM. All endpoints and workloads are secure so I would say we have plenty of trust in their security model.
Olivia Sarr Mathews | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CentOS Linux

  • Since CentOS is free, our developers and engineers can use it without regard for dipping into project budgets.
  • We can spin up a CentOS VM, use it and then destroy it without having to worry about licensing headaches.
  • CentOS can run on just about any hardware platform: server, laptop, old hardware, etc. so that makes it less expensive in that we don't have to buy specialized hardware for it.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Stable NX-OS gives peace of mind.
  • Performance and security is top class.
  • Documentation is very good to learn and refer later.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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