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Score 8.6 out of 100
18 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco IOS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Cisco IOS

100%
1 Rating
8.1

Cisco NX-OS

81%
14 Ratings

Usability

Cisco IOS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Cisco NX-OS

82%
1 Rating

Performance

Cisco IOS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4

Cisco NX-OS

84%
11 Ratings

Support Rating

Cisco IOS

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9

Cisco NX-OS

79%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco IOS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1

Cisco NX-OS

81%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco IOS

Well suited for building management networks across the organization as it has been reliable without much downtime. Since it has great switching qualities, it suites well for data center and end-user connectivity using access switches. It might not be the best for routing, as other XOR software has proven to be superior for routing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

This easy solution can be a great help for the big companies on easy multiple data processing and effective networking solutions for the various departments and also generating the real-time data reports with Cisco NX-OS is excellent. For the new users, it takes no time to become a pro on full manipulation of the features and offer the best and quality management services.
Rahim Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco IOS

  • User friendly CLI.
  • Quick fixes for critical bugs.
  • Longer uptime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Cisco NX-OS is very simple to use and user friendly CLI
  • NX-OS has a modular config so easy to configure.
  • NX-OS comes up with copp policy where we can define most of our system level ontrols instead of defining separate ACLs
Ramesh Kaka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco IOS

  • No good element managers like Nokia.
  • Load balancing functionalities are not the best.
  • Memory issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Being used to Catalyst IOS the change in some commands gets annoying
  • It also came with a new license model compared to IOS devices
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco IOS

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco NX-OS

General

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

Starting Price

Usability

Cisco IOS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
NX-OS has many similarities with the traditional IOS which is quite beneficial when it comes to configuration and learning. As a native Linux system, there are a lot of tools and features that can be enabled for any use case.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco IOS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.4
Based on 11 answers
Indeed, the latency is very, very low on the Nexus switches. As well, the VPC concept is quite easy to understand and to implement and is working perfectly with servers. So far, we didn't use much automation (unfortunately, we don't have much time and knowledge about this). But we can run scripts with [Cisco] NX-OS, which is really appreciable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco IOS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 7.9
Based on 3 answers
Cisco support never fails me. In terms of timely response, no one is on par with them. They really value the impact of having technical issues and potential business stoppage. Also, their support staff are well equipped with knowledge and skills and easily resolve the most common incidents. Most of the time, we can resolve an issue by just calling them once.
John Patrick Duro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco IOS

We have found other Cisco software to be filled with added functionalities as compared to iOS. New NCS software has certain programmability features that are advantageous to legacy iOS software but are more complex to use for some users. Hence, we still have most areas of the network that functions using iOS software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

I have tried out Aruba's core switches. I would say that Cisco NX-OS is a better option for a core switch if resilience is critical. You are also going to tend to spend more money on NX-OS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco IOS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.1
Based on 11 answers
Up to now, we haven't had a major ground-shaking attack on our networks but we take no chances by using NX-OS alongside a SIEM. All endpoints and workloads are secure so I would say we have plenty of trust in their security model.
Olivia Sarr Mathews | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco IOS

  • Great uptimes on proven availability/reliability.
  • Longevity of these switches ensures great ROI.
  • Easy to learn for new users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco NX-OS

  • Stable NX-OS gives peace of mind.
  • Performance and security is top class.
  • Documentation is very good to learn and refer later.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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