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Cisco Nexus Series Switches

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Nexus Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Cradlepoint Routers is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

90%
46 Ratings
8.2

Cradlepoint Routers

82%
8 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.1

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

71%
2 Ratings
9.0

Cradlepoint Routers

90%
1 Rating

Usability

7.8

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

78%
4 Ratings

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

100%
2 Ratings

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.3

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

93%
3 Ratings

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

80%
11 Ratings
10.0

Cradlepoint Routers

100%
2 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

80%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

71%
3 Ratings

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

10.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

100%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

10.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

100%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.2

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

92%
2 Ratings

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

10.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

100%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

10.0

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

100%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Cisco Nexus Series switches work well in our hybrid network environment. We have dealt with these types of switches for over ten years and have been very pleased with the performance of the switches. Cisco products have worked well with many of our other computer systems in our data closets. There is a solid confidence in these switches because of ease of maintenance and the quality of technical help available from Cisco reps. One problem we have faced intermittently is getting help with licensing when in a dire configuration change situation. Because licensing looks toward different system components, sometimes a new licensing request is denied because the Cisco licensing rep cannot verify that the company has a license for that piece of equipment, even when we definitely have the license. There has been anxiety in calling several times to get what is needed when we actually do have a license, but just that the Cisco rep has a hard time finding that license in our company name. In network down instances, this inability to identify the licenses we own, is very frustrating and time consuming.
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Cradlepoint

It has worked great for our emergency vehicles and mobile remote dispatch stations. We did have them at other bases as secondary internet access in the event of failure of our fiber, but I have found that is not as useful as we thought it may have been. I have temporarily disabled cellular on those devices and just did not have the need for it.
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Pros

Cisco

  • Virtualization of zones/segments within a data center (DC) can be done on a single Nexus switch. Hence, it saves space for having multiple hardware in the DC.
  • Scalability is easily achieved due to its modular line card structure.
  • Ease of configuration and management; you enable the features that you need.
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Cradlepoint

  • Ease of setup. After the SIM card is installed, you can have the device up in a matter of minutes.
  • Central management using NetCloud.
  • You get the bang for your buck.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Consolidate NX-OS updates, multiple components of the Nexus 9000 had to be updated manually compared to the Catalyst.
  • Licensing for the Cisco 9000 can be complicated. A more straightforward licensing model would benefit us greatly.
  • The Nexus 9000 OS can be buggy depending on the version you are one. We had to perform 2 subsequent upgrades to fix a bug.
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Cradlepoint

  • Throughput was not great compared to similar solutions with same sim cards.
  • Paid management portal.
  • Overly complicated setup mainly due to the paid management portal.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

Starting Price

$49

Editions & Modules

Cisco Nexus Series Switches editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Starting Price$49.001
Maximum Price$200,000.002

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

Cradlepoint Routers

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cradlepoint Routers editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco

    Our engineers are used to this brand and have the expertise to support. We did not encounter major issues with this product so far
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    Cradlepoint

    I have been using some type of device like this for a very long time. We have and will maintain the need for this and have no immediate plan to make any change from Cradlepoint Routers. They have been very solid. These devices are a bit pricey, however worth the money as they always work and are reliable and save IT staff time.
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    Usability

    Cisco

    In our environment (and especially during COVID and the Work From Home era), I would really like our network devices to be more resilient [against} errors in remote configuration. Having a standard, easy to use, configure, commit/deploy, rollback system should be installed, but it's not there. Other companies have been providing this for over 20 years, and Cisco does this on some of their devices. Why not all?
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco

    Our network is very well design. Any components or device failure. Doesn't affect network availability
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Cisco

    These switches are very fast. They've been designed to work within the data center. We connect them to Cisco UCS-B Mini servers with the storage being directly attached. They are able to handle the data traffic pretty easily. We can also move servers pretty fast from data center to data center without overloading them. This has allowed our company to stay running during any kind of conditional outage. We have come to really rely on them for business continuity.
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Cisco

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Cisco support is really good at being quick with their replies until they discover it's not a "network-down emergency." They start by immediately responding to your e-mails & inquiries, and the minute they discover that it's not a huge deal the tech-support employee "goes on vacation," defers you to someone else, and that person immediately takes three days to answer any e-mails... and then he just asks for different outputs.
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    Cradlepoint

    It has always been a pleasure working with that team. They always go above and beyond with getting the device working as you need it to work and are always willing to explain and answer any questions.
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    In-Person Training

    Cisco

    Trainer didn't has good handon experience.. he was bookish trainer.
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Cisco

    Never had it
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco

    It is reliable and working as expected
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco

    Being a long time (and certified) Cisco guy I was tasked with moving our Data Center and had the opportunity to upgrade. I reviewed the existing Brocade infrastructure but choose to replace it with the Cisco Data Center Nexus line of switches. Someone once told me "no one ever got fired for buying Cisco products".
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    Cradlepoint

    I have not used a cellular router before this, so I can't compare.
    I am however familiar with Cradlepoint as designing components for Emergency Responders to keep them connected and online while dispatched. That was a deciding factor for us. We wanted something heavy duty and reliable.
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    Scalability

    Cisco

    The Nexus 3000 series switches are data center switches, so I would say they have similar security ability to other switches in this segment. I don't have a lot of experience doing more than basic ACL security on switches, but I know these can be integrated into other security solutions like Cisco ISE and 802.1x authentication. It could also be integrated into an ACI solution to add micro segmentation, which would bring in other security functions.
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    Cradlepoint

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Cisco

    • These switches are really special to us as we improved performance. The implementation was hybrid and it was challenging for us at first but with the help of the support team. We improved the whole process. Low power consumption is a great advantage since it reduces costs and increases bandwidth. It really is a system of professional switches that allow maximum workflow.
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    Cradlepoint

    • For the price I don't think it effectively "wow'd" the client.
    • Throughput caused our network service to not be fully utilized.
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