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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

They are best suited for edge switching applications. We do have a couple in the data center doing legacy copper VM hosts that perform ok. But edge switching is most definitely the best suited, at least in our specific situation. I know that some of the higher end catalyst switches have the ability to do layer 3 functionality, but that's not something that we've personally delved into with the catalyst line.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

Cisco FabricPath seems to be well suited for larger datacenters where you need the scalability and flexibility that's provided. We've been able to provide our customers with much more bandwidth than they previously had throughout our datacenter and with applications generating much more east/west traffic now rather than large volumes of north/south traffic FabricPath and the nexus switches have given us the ability to provide our customers with the bandwidth that's needed to serve today's applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • Connects various switches via trunks for network accessibility to departments
  • Ability to do routing network packets
  • VLANS for departments have been created successfully
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch
Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

  • It scales fairly well.
  • It's been fairly easy for people to learn and work with.
  • It has simplified network administration by utilizing Fabric Extenders which are all configured from the same switch and treated as an extension of the switch rather than as a separate entity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • The switches can run hot at times, but it is managed well
  • Very few bad issues to report--occasional failures but very infrequent
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

  • We've had a few bugs that have caused random reloads of switches when modifying VLANS.
  • We've had a bug that reloaded an entire fabric at once.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 1.6
Based on 2 answers
We are extremely happy with the Cisco Catalyst series and don't have any reason to switch. As long as we continue to get great use and service out of the products we'll continue to use them for the foreseeable future.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

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Usability

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco by and far does a great job with the Catalyst line. From a layer 2 dumb switch all the way up to ISP carrier grade switching within the Catalyst portfolio. The best part about it is command parity among the various tiers of product. The only differences are going to lie in what features are available per switch.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 8.4
Based on 3 answers
Most of the time, the TAC is totally on their game. Occasionally, we run into a support person that either wants to hold on to the ticket, or seems to be disinterested. Language can sometimes be a barrier.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

The familiarity and leadership of Cisco is always something that will be considered when choosing new network equipment. Though some of the Aruba equipment we have worked with is very good, there is always that trust with Cisco ( especially the Cisco catalyst switches) that you are using the latest and most reliable technology.
Matt Rees | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

In comparison to Cisco ACI, Cisco Catalyst, and Juniper EX Switches the Nexus switches have stood their ground and we've been fairly happy with them. I like that similar to Cisco's ACI and the Juniper EX switches that I've worked with I can manage multiple chassis from one place. ACI can do this on a much larger scale though. I think Juniper limited the number of devices in a single virtual chassis to 10 or less depending on the device type. ACI can do a few hundred leafs plus their fabric extenders so if you're looking for one place to manage all your devices it can scale well beyond either the Cisco FP or Juniper EX series switches, but it also has a much steeper learning curve and completely different interface. The loop prevention built into FP has been a great improvement vs our old Catalyst switches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • Expansion has been made in our organization. We recently use a 24 port switch but as the company grew, we required a more robust switch
  • Core switches are able to do MPLS to reach other locations
  • Most switches are now 48 port and support fiber ports not only Gigabit ports
Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco FabricPath

  • FabricPath is easy enough to learn that the adoption on the team has been fairly quick. This allows us to quickly troubleshoot and allows us to meet and beat SLAs that demand we maintain 99.99%+ uptime for our paying customers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

General

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

Cisco FabricPath

General

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

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