Cisco IOS vs. Oracle Solaris

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco IOS
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Cisco IOS, presently in its 15th edition, is a network operating system for service providers and enterprises alike.N/A
Oracle Solaris
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Oracle Solaris is a Linux operating system which was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and became an Oracle product after the acquisition of Sun in 2010.
$1,000
per year
Pricing
Cisco IOSOracle Solaris
Editions & Modules
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1 Year Subscription
$1,000.00
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco IOSOracle Solaris
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Cisco IOSOracle Solaris
Small Businesses

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Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco NX-OS
Cisco NX-OS
Score 9.6 out of 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco IOSOracle Solaris
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
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6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco IOSOracle Solaris
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
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.
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Oracle
Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers. Supports a wide range of hardware. The Stability of the solution is great. The documentation does not support some solutions, and there are no other options. Most of the product is still command-line, despite the fact that they've got a graphical user interface in some areas. For some reason, core administration is still done via command-line.
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Pros
Cisco
  • User friendly CLI.
  • Quick fixes for critical bugs.
  • Longer uptime.
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Oracle
  • Live update for patching in conjunction with the package management functions. This ability to rollback is very convenient.
  • dTrace
  • Built in compliance testing.
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Cons
Cisco
  • No good element managers like Nokia.
  • Load balancing functionalities are not the best.
  • Memory issues.
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Oracle
  • Takes time to learn.
  • Integration into Microsoft's Active Directory.
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Usability
Cisco
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Oracle
You need to take the time to learn it. It is a massive product.
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Oracle
The support teams are well trained and responsive. Patches are rolled out regularly and are easy to deploy and backout.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
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Oracle
Stress testing and timing is key. You need test systems that mirror the live environments. User testing must be reflected in peak loads.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
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.
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Oracle
Oracle Solaris is Scalable, have a good patching capability and secure by default. You want to have something that's up and running and stable, something that's not going to crash. But if we do have an issue, we can get somebody for technical support who can help us work through the problems.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Great uptimes on proven availability/reliability.
  • Longevity of these switches ensures great ROI.
  • Easy to learn for new users.
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Oracle
  • It just runs like a top, this mean TCO is low
  • We've not had issues with Solaris running on Sparc.
  • Reliability is above reproach.
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