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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS is designed to run on data centre switches, and for me the key benefit is the ability to merge Ethernet and fire channel management into a single switch hence reducing cabling and management. However we don't require fibre channel at present so these are just being used for the fact they offer 10GbE on every port, which is still a useful feature in the data centre core.Given we don't use the fibre channel features, having to learn the difference in commands from iOS is a little frustrating at times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

For running Oracle databases, Solaris can't be beat. Leveraging Zones allows for virtualization out of the box. In addition, using zones with clustering can make migrating from Solaris 10 to 11 very easy. Finally, in an enterprise environment that requires 24/7 up-time and meeting SLA's, Solaris is a viable and robust choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Oracle Solaris

  • Database hosting.
  • Storage management via ZFS.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco NX-OS

  • Stability of the software (in the early days).
  • Lacks some of the features of regular IOS.
  • The command syntax is sometimes just that little bit different from iOS, causing issues for automation, scripting, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

  • It seems that Solaris is becoming an afterthought at Oracle.
  • Oracle should be more vocal in their commitment to Solaris
  • Support Costs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 6.0
Based on 1 answer
You need to take the time to learn it. It is a massive product.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.1
Based on 8 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

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Support Rating

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

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The support teams are well trained and responsive. Patches are rolled out regularly and are easy to deploy and backout.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco NX-OS

No score
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Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Stress testing and timing is key. You need test systems that mirror the live environments. User testing must be reflected in peak loads.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco NX-OS

We studied the solutions from both vendors but we went for Cisco because it's powerful out of the box and has great support. It's also easy to find knowledge and support communities, and we already had a relationship with Cisco.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

We also use Linux in our shop. Linux is capable, and a very good OS. Solaris was chosen because we can afford it. Again Linux is capable, but Linux is a disruptive technology i.e. it is a "good enough" Unix.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.1
Based on 8 answers
the product is safe to use and the IOS is upgraded by ciso whenever there is an vulnerability found out. we are see this tool as one of the best tool and it also support security features like port and ACL etc. the NX-os have even the capability of firewall. we will need to enable the module and we are good to use it . the firewall feature does a good job by filter the unwanted traffic.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

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Return on Investment

Cisco NX-OS

  • Through the use of the built-in virtualization we've been able to save a lot on hardware costs, resulting in a higher ROI.
  • Hardware options like e.g. Nexus FEX'es have reduced the switching costs in our data centers.
  • Standardization as NX-OS is available from small server switches up to large DC switches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco NX-OS

General

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

Cisco NX-OS Editions & Modules

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Oracle Solaris

General

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

Oracle Solaris Editions & Modules

Edition
1 Year Subscription$1,000.001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

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