Cisco NX-OS vs. FreeBSD

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco NX-OS
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Cisco NX-OS is a network operating system presented as a solution to help network operations move at the speed of business, with comprehensive automation, extensive visibility, and flexible open architectures for data center networks. NX-OS is the network operating system for all fabric architectures, from traditional L2/L3 to overlay-based fabrics.Cisco NX-OS powers the modern data center.N/A
FreeBSD
Score 7.4 out of 10
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FreeBSD is an operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security, and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.N/A
Pricing
Cisco NX-OSFreeBSD
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco NX-OSFreeBSD
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Cisco NX-OSFreeBSD
Small Businesses

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Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Linux
Score 9.0 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

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco NX-OSFreeBSD
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(13 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Performance
8.8
(10 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.9
(3 ratings)
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Product Scalability
8.4
(10 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco NX-OSFreeBSD
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
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.
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Open Source
FreeBSD is an excellent choice to continue using older hardware and have it perform, it is a great choice for a UNIX based development environment. Although I haven't used it as a server, it is most suited for this - it would make an excellent, secure and robust server for and I would love to start using it for this as well.
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Pros
Cisco
  • 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
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Open Source
  • Performs really well, even on older hardware
  • Secure
  • Robust
  • Package manager (pkg) is excellent
  • Large collection of ported software from Linux
  • Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook)
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Cons
Cisco
  • Being used to Catalyst IOS the change in some commands gets annoying
  • It also came with a new license model compared to IOS devices
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Open Source
  • Installation can be tricky for first timers
  • You need to be comfortable using a command line terminal most of the time
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Usability
Cisco
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.
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Open Source
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Performance
Cisco
Our switches running NX-OS have provided solid consistent throughput. We haven't had any issues with it not being able to handle what we threw at it. The latency is extremely low. It also has multiple management options that we hope to pursue in the future.
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Open Source
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Support Rating
Cisco
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.
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Open Source
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
When compared to these data center switches, I think Cisco Nx-OS based data center switches fare very well in terms of performance and reliability. When looking and talking about security, Cisco and Juniper Junos are comparable but Huawei switches lag in terms of security due to various reasons like who owns and controls them.
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Open Source
FreeBSD was the only operating system out of many I tried to install easily on older hardware and to run in a very performant way. For example, I had a lot of trouble trying to get Ubuntu to install on older hardware and when it did, it was too slow to use. FreeBSD installed quite easily and even after installing a desktop such as XFCE - it still run surprisingly fast. I was very impressed with it's performance, which it seems is a goal of the FreeBSD project.
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Scalability
Cisco
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.
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Open Source
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • overall a good prodcut
  • overa all a good product it will help you in ROI by removing some tools from your environement
  • The software have HA and lastest technology features included
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Open Source
  • As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive)
  • Allowed the re-use of older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed
  • No cost development environment
  • Opportunity for a no cost server setup also
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