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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

Debian OS

Debian is very well suited for application servers, web servers, file servers, hypervisors (personally, we use Proxmox for some hypervisors and this is based on Debian), and much more. It can run on various CPU architectures and scales well from large to small. We have Debian DNS servers running on Raspberry Pis, and large application and database servers running on powerful Debian installs in our racks.
If you want an OS that is rock solid, easy to manage, and predictable, Debian might be the OS you're looking for. The official packages are generally far from being bleeding edge versions, but this means that you are using packages that are battle tested and will not break compatibility at any point during its life-cycle. This, to me, is one of Debian's core strengths and a good reason for recommending it to others.
On the flip-side, the lack of up-to-date versions of various packages may be an annoyance if you actually do need to be using the latest version of such a package. If you need to be using more modern versions, you will need to remedy that yourself or look at an alternative distribution. Ubuntu may be worth a look, in this case, being that it is basically Debian with newer packages and some minor differences here and there.
Personally, I would not recommend Debian for a graphical desktop OS. You'll nearly always be better off with one of the Ubuntu flavors for a modern desktop with all the bells and whistles you'd expect with a GUI desktop.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco IOS

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

Debian OS

  • The stability of the operating system is excellent, that is, it manages resources very well
  • the support from the international community is among the best there can be
  • The wide catalog of tools, applications, programs with which it has support makes you have confidence that you will always find a solution to your need
  • The security it offers makes those who try it do not want to leave
Moris Mendez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco IOS

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

Debian OS

  • Having frequent updated versions to its feature set could have been better.
  • Great OSS operating system with few glitches in their menus here and there.
  • Very few times, running multiple Debian OS in a VM environment may overheat and lag.
Hari Kishan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco IOS

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Debian OS

Debian OS 9.0
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Debian is one of the most well-thought-out, logical, and intuitive Linux operating systems you can use. Configuration, package management, file system layouts, etc, are all based on many years of usage, and it's very rare to find anything surprising or confusing in everyday usage. Package management and updates are handled by APT in such a way that once configured, you can almost guarantee your system will behave as expected for the lifetime of its service. Top-notch system integration provides all the tools you'd expect from a modern Linux system, with all the stability you demand from a demanding server OS.
Anonymous | 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

Debian OS

As they are all a Linux distribution with many years of development, they all fulfill their specific function as an operating system, but something that differentiates Debian OS by a lot from the others is its resource management, which is very good, in addition to being safe and supported by one of the largest communities internationally
Moris Mendez | 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

Debian OS

  • As Debian is pretty similar to Ubuntu, saves lot of learning times for employees.
  • Many tools which need to be bought in other OSes, are free to use here.
  • With very few crashes of its operating system, it certainly improves reliability.
Hari Kishan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco IOS

General

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

Debian OS

General

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

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