Likelihood to Recommend
Even with the higher price point compared to other vendors, we highly recommend [Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches] to all of our clients. These switches are built to last. [They] make network management very easy and will benefit any business in the long run. Cisco stands behind its product. It is very easy to add additional switches as a network grows.
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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.
Read full review Pros Cisco Catalyst Switches are very easy to use and manage. Cisco support it top notch. Very easy to scale up as [the] network infrastructure grows. Read full review 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. Read full review Cons Programming is different from other providers; this has caused some issues with staffing The training opportunities do not provide the basics of programming or migration from other vendors' products. Unless you are willing to purchase renewed switches, cost can be out of line with other vendors Read full review 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. Read full review Alternatives Considered
Cisco is top of the class when it comes to comparing them to other vendors in the network hardware environment. They may have a higher price-point, but they justify it with great support and a very long lifecycle.
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In comparison to
, 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.
Read full review Return on Investment [There is a] high price point, but [Cisco Catalyst Series Switches] will save [you] in the long run because these switches are reliable and last a very long time. Cisco offers very good support so you can depend on them to keep everything running smoothly. Once techs are trained on Cisco devices, they will be able to save time making changes to networks. Read full review 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. Read full review ScreenShots