Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches vs. FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9200 series of campus LAN switches.N/A
FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Score 6.4 out of 10
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Fortinet headquartered in Sunnyvale, California offers the FortiSwitch Secure Access line of Ethernet switches.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Considered Both Products
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches better fits in production access environment, or in small server rooms, for connection end users, access points, small server or sensors. Higher series are better fitted in aggregation or core level, or maybe for small DC. FortiSwitches …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Cisco is a better brand name with a long history of top tier features and excellent support.
FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches

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Top Pros

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Best Alternatives
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst Switches
Cisco Catalyst Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(55 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.2
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.4
(2 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesFortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are a good fit for access layer needs. Put them on the edge of your network and you will have what you need to connect a physical device to your network. I would not deploy them in places at the core of a network. They can be used in data centers as an edge connection device.
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Fortinet
If you've got a large network and are already using FortiGate firewalls or FortiAP access points, integrating FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches makes for one integrated solution. Previously we had Cisco switches that had to be configured and managed separately, which was always prone to error. Now that we have our entire network backbone on FortiNet devices, managing and configuring them is smoother. We are now able to see much clearer if there are any configuration issues between networking devices.
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Pros
Cisco
  • high forwarding // high forwarding
  • posee la capacidad de convertirse tambien en un WLC // Has the ability to become a WLC as well
  • posee puertos UPOE que pueden ser usados para varios dispositivos finales. // It has UPOE ports that can be used for multiple end user devices
  • capacidad de expansion con modulos adicionales // The ability to scale up/expand using additional modules
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Fortinet
  • Makes them easy to manage within one spot
  • Allows for advanced network configuration
  • Has plenty of power for all our PoE devices
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Cons
Cisco
  • Que los precios sean mejorados para ser mas competitivos // More competitive prices/cost
  • Generar mas marketing y promocion de los nuevos equipos // Create more marketing and promotional features about new equipment
  • Liberar de licencias obligatorias en los equipos // Release obligatory licenses for businesses
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Fortinet
  • Would be nice to have a bit different layout on the configuration page. Sometimes can be hard to find what you're looking for.
  • When disabling ports, it would be nice to have batch setting features rather than having to make changes individually.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We have now bought 468 switches, and we will most likely continue using this series, because it is the switch that is the cheapest for our needs. Maybe for some specific use cases, we will use the Catalyst 9300 series. Because we are more pressed on manpower, that money, we stick with what works.
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Fortinet
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Usability
Cisco
These are very handy switches as they are easy to deploy / use and fulfill all needs related to access layer switches.
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Fortinet
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Haven't had an issue with these switches yet.
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Fortinet
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Performance
Cisco
Accessing resources is very fast. We were able to deploy computer images in half the time it would take with our old hardware.
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Fortinet
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Support Rating
Cisco
Not Applicable
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Fortinet
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Very easy to port configurations and deploy.
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Fortinet
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
The functions on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are very responsive and its notification functions are very active and reliable in producing effective new updates on any detected data threats across the entire network flow even the network speed reports are easily presented by its alert functionalities and data analytics are impressive.
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Fortinet
We have previously used both Cisco 220 Series and Dell PowerConnect 8000 Series switches that were managed separately from our firewalls and access points. The Cisco and Dell switch worked fine and we never had a problem with them, but it was always a hassle to have to make configuration changes since that would have to be done via separate GUIs. Having the ability to configure and manage firewalls, switches, and wireless access points all within one central GUI saves time and headache.
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Scalability
Cisco
I was able to deploy the switches to 10 Labs in less than a week by myself.
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Fortinet
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • The positive thing is that because it has a redundant power supply, you can have users staying on for all the time. If you have a power interruption or something and you have both power supply A and B, then you're option to, you don't need users to log off or they're being cut off because you have to replace something or do something.
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Fortinet
  • It has made management of the network much easier and less time consuming
  • We are more confident that our network traffic is being secured
  • Ability to monitor network traffic and detect potential anomalies
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