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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches are well suited for medium to large enterprise deployments, especially where the distribution and access layer may be collapsed and a device that has more routing capabilities than a 2960 is required. In basic environments where trunking is only required then 2960 switches would be more cost effective and suitable. Depending on the size of the environment these switches may also work well higher up such as in the datacenter with the full fiber models if a higher line rate than 10 Gb isn't required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus switches are designed for data center environments or other environments that require high bandwidth switching. This includes mainly server connections with many virtual machines residing on them, fabric channel of ethernet[,] or something similar. Nexus is not suited for user switches, WAN switches, or other switches that don't need a lot of processing power.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • They meet the need in office on a desk to out on a warehouse or factory floor
  • Have the PoE power to support everything a company will need
  • have a matching product for your need from a few ports to 48 PoE port with uplinks that connect back a MDF or DC Distribution
Thomas Surber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

  • These switches are easily programmable. If you are looking at SDN but aren't quite there yet, this switch line is a great starting point. They support DevOps tools, which make automation extremely quick and efficient.
  • There are so many options in this product line, making Nexus a great switch for pretty much any deployment. You can stack switches or use the modular switch, whatever fits your need.
  • These switches support VXLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant network environment, and is perfect for cloud services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • Price point has always been higher and a concern as compared to other products.
  • Ongoing support costs are also pricey, but if you have a large enough quantity installed, you can purchase a couple of spares and self-insure at a lower cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

  • If you are on the wrong code it can be buggy
  • When deploying, one switch was bricked (dead) during an upgrade of the NX-OS, and had to be replaced
  • If you are not familiar with NX-OS it can be difficult to configure
  • They lack some of the functionality that the Nexus 9k has
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.6
Based on 3 answers
We rely heavily on this product line and feel comfortable supporting it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its perfect
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.5
Based on 3 answers
Everything can be improved, the Catalyst devices are great but some more advanced issues get very complex and if you aren't doing it every day it is easy to lose knowledge and need help.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 7.6
Based on 3 answers
In our environment (and especially during COVID and the Work From Home era), I would really like our network devices to be more resilient [against} errors in remote configuration. Having a standard, easy to use, configure, commit/deploy, rollback system should be installed, but it's not there. Other companies have been providing this for over 20 years, and Cisco does this on some of their devices. Why not all?
Collin Lichtenberger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
We have had very few unplanned outages with all of our Cisco Catalyst products. The biggest issue I have seen is when a device has been powered on for a very long time and it gets powered off and reused later. Sometimes, the switch will not come back up. In most cases, these are switches that are way past end of life. I can't say we have really seen any other issues with the availability of the Catalyst family of switches
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Our network is very well design. Any components or device failure. Doesn't affect network availability
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
The Catalyst switches on our network perform very well, given the amount of users and servers on our network. We have older Catalyst switches that are at their End of Life, and they are still performing as well as needed
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 9.7
Based on 3 answers
These switches are very fast. They've been designed to work within the data center. We connect them to Cisco UCS-B Mini servers with the storage being directly attached. They are able to handle the data traffic pretty easily. We can also move servers pretty fast from data center to data center without overloading them. This has allowed our company to stay running during any kind of conditional outage. We have come to really rely on them for business continuity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.5
Based on 4 answers
If I am unable to locate the support I need to complete a task from the data sheets which are provided online I can utilize the other resources available to me. Some of those resources are the Cisco Connection Program Community where there are many questions asked for similar issues or by utilizing the TAC team as mentioned before. Either resource I am able to resolve any issues I experience.
Manuel J Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.4
Based on 9 answers
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Cisco support is really good at being quick with their replies until they discover it's not a "network-down emergency." They start by immediately responding to your e-mails & inquiries, and the minute they discover that it's not a huge deal the tech-support employee "goes on vacation," defers you to someone else, and that person immediately takes three days to answer any e-mails... and then he just asks for different outputs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Trainer didn't has good handon experience.. he was bookish trainer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

No answers on this topic

Cisco Nexus

Never had it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Automation was the key to minimizing the initial update and configuration.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 10.0
Based on 2 answers
MPBGP VXLAN fabirc was implemented with multi vrf bgp over external links to our IP core
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

All the products that we evaluated we felt were all good products that have plenty to offer but for our edge switches, we felt the 3850 had the most to offer. We were looking for not only a very reliable switch but one with many features that would not get used in a lot of other types of deployments. Juniper came close to providing what we wanted but we didn't feel it offered anything more than the 3850 did, and with our existing relationship with Cisco it simply made sense to stick with the 3850.
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Extreme is an excellent edge networking device. We have not evaluated Cisco Nexus core networking versus Extreme for core networking yet. We expect to compare them soon. However, at this time, we have not had the need to try and replace the Cisco Nexus because of it's incredible reliability. I expect Cisco Nexus to stand up well to comparison.
Justin Czachor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Catalyst switches are extremely scalable. , using any of the Cisco validated designs. The same family of switches can be used for access, distribution, and core, making the overall integration much smoother. Cisco also supports multi-gigabit ethernet ports to allow for scaling of 1 gbps up to 10 gbps over the same port, using different types of cables, and supports PoE. So you don't have to buy all new switches because access points are suddenly 2.5, 5, or 10 gig uplinks
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 9.6
Based on 2 answers
The Nexus 3000 series switches are data center switches, so I would say they have similar security ability to other switches in this segment. I don't have a lot of experience doing more than basic ACL security on switches, but I know these can be integrated into other security solutions like Cisco ISE and 802.1x authentication. It could also be integrated into an ACI solution to add micro segmentation, which would bring in other security functions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • Cisco switches have enabled us to deploy the switches and manage them remotely using Cisco management applications. This makes management much easier, without having to telnet into each one to make config changes, thereby lowering support costs.
  • Cisco Catalyst switches enabled us to expand without replacing all of the existing network equipment because of their multi-vendor interoperability.
  • Stable code and quick bug fixes. Bugs that cause major operational or security problems have been extremely rare in my experience which leads to 99.99999 uptime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

  • We have been very successful with network uptime
  • It's has always met our future needs to date when adding new data center hardware
  • We have had these for almost 5 years and it still has support available to ensure maximum ROI before we need to regreen it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Editions & Modules

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Cisco Nexus

General

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

Cisco Nexus Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$49.00
Maximum Price$200,000.00
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