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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

9500 is well suited if the requirement is for fiber ports. The 9500 has only fiber ports. The chip sets on the 9500 are powerful. So, they are recommended on the aggregation layer on the larger deployment at the campus or branches. However, they are not suited if there are requirements for copper ports and traffic load is not huge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

The Nexus platform does well at being a data center platform with modular software packages and options. It does a decent job at being a data center platform with a Cisco syntax (and at times it can really be annoying). I would advise its use in a Cisco dominated environment that has deep pockets (these things are NOT cheap). I wouldn't use them in a non-Cisco shop, or one that doesn't have the money to spend all in one place.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • It supports programmability
  • It supports 10, 40, 100 Gig interfaces
  • It can be used as fusion router in the SDA deployment
Anonymous | 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 9500 Series Switches

  • 9500-32C is not supported in the DNA
  • There are some bugs on the stackwise virtual stacking uses. The stacks get splitted and manual reboot is required to fix it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

  • More Linux based commands
  • Add more programming support in the 5k and 7k series switches. While support for programming and automation is very extensive some small improvements could be made
  • Support for additional Python packages, support for more structure protocols like YML, YANG, XML, and JSON
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

Cisco Nexus 8.8
Based on 4 answers
As I mentioned, it is an excellent DataCenter solution, virtualization and servers with high technology, performance, and scalability. The manufacturer's support and warranty is also excellent with 24/7 assistance and on-site assistance. It is a unique solution, it is not cheap, but it brings many benefits to the organization in terms of connectivity.
João Mauricio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco has a large portfolio and variety of products, especially with switches and routers. Although Cisco has been a leader for this hardware for several years these kinds of things give the customer trust. Cisco has done a good job versus competitor. Cisco's switches are very reliable and stable. Competitors don’t have the same products.
Orlando Rosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

We had a really good deal on the Cisco which helped a lot when making our choice, but we mainly wanted reliability and the ability to update/reboot one of the switches in a cluster configuration (not a stack).

Dell was still lower in price, but we wanted a renowned brand known for its reliability. HP would have been a good choice also, but the price wasn't near Cisco and we considered them equivalent in reliability.

Our distribution switches are also Cisco so that meant fewer points of contact for us in case of problems and also similar CLI commands.
Marc-Olivier Turgeon-Ferland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Help me with the network connectivity between areas.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between the user and each other.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between users and DC.
girgis hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Nexus

  • Nexus has allowed us to reduce the time needed to create and maintain data network configurations.
  • We're able to optimize application performance much better in the Nexus product line than under comparable IOS-based devices.
  • The cost of implementing and maintaining a Nexus-based environment is significantly higher than IOS-based equivalent devices.
Josh Haberman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Nexus

General

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

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