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Cisco NX-OS

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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

Windows Server

Window Server is well suited for internal infrastructure functions like authentication, DHCP, DNS and file and print services via Active Directory. Highly recommend for application server roles as well, web server via IIS assuming the correct security is put in place or for internal use, Database via SQL Server or 1,000's of third party applications. We tend to avoid placing Windows servers directly on the internet but assuming you have the correct security place in it's a great platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco NX-OS

  • easy to configure
  • easy to configure and deploy the VPC technology
  • easy of administering the nx-os and overall easy configuration and support available
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • User and device management out of the box. Active directory is a proven system for doing this and works just as well as it always has.
  • ADFS providing integration into many third-party applications using SAML authentication. We use this heavily to make user experience as simple and straightforward as we can.
  • Local DHCP. It's another one of these systems that is very easy to setup and use out of the box and requires very little maintenance, if any. The system is almost unchanged throughout the years and so anyone with server experience can manage it.
Anonymous | 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

Windows Server

  • Windows Server is extremely complex, and while newer versions have eased the initial setup process, setting up a server is still a very time consuming and difficult task.
  • The complexity of Windows Server also makes troubleshooting any problems that arise extremely difficult, both in tracking down the actual issue and then resolving the issue. Often times a problem can manifest itself in more than one way, making searching for the specific problem also difficult.
  • Windows Server is also very expensive, with complex and confusing licensing terms. In fact, Microsoft provides a 32-page PDF guide on Windows Server licensing, which is in and of itself dense and confusing to follow. To make matters more complicated, there multiple different version of Windows Server itself - Nano, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter edition, and each edition has different licensing terms. Licensing terms include items such as the physical processor's cores of the server, how many users will be accessing the server (called a CAL - client access license), and a plethora of other items.
  • Microsoft's support for Windows Server can be extremely frustrating at times. While Microsoft hosts a very active user forum, Microsoft employees who frequent those forums often provide only stock answers to questions (without actually reading the details) or no answers at all. For more in-depth - phone support can be quite expensive.
  • Upgrading a Windows Server from one major version to another (i.e. 2012 to 2016) is a frustratingly complex and dangerous procedure, as many things can go wrong during the upgrading, essentially breaking the entire setup. In fact, Microsoft doesn't even suggest doing an in-place upgrade, but to perform a backup of the existing server, doing a clean install of the new version, and migrating the information from the older version to the new version. In general, it is not even recommended to upgrade from one version to another as the risk significantly outweigh the benefits.
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco NX-OS

No score
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Windows Server

Windows Server 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I've carefully reviewed the servers and services currently running on Windows Server 2012, and given the opportunity would renew them as is going forward. There are two systems I currently have in place, one is a very large Linux implementation for a large ecommerce site, and one is a very large backup solution front ended by FTP servers running Linux. Neither are well suited for Windows, but the overall network infrastructure is and will be Windows Server for the foreseeable future.
Kettric Midura | 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

Windows Server

Windows Server 8.5
Based on 4 answers
Microsoft does a great job at making their interface, roles, and features very use friendly. They have guides as you're setting up new roles, as well as when you are trying to configure roles for the first time. The interface is very intuitive and very little needs to be done via command line or other hidden means of configuration.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 7.9
Based on 7 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

Windows Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Windows Server

Windows Server 8.3
Based on 24 answers
It has been my experience that unless there is a flaw or bug with Microsoft Windows Server, you will have to pay extra for support beyond the support web site. That said, unofficial support on the thousands of technical websites makes self-help support readily available to any technician with an internet connection. Microsoft's support website is also fairly robust, but I find using a popular search engine often returns knowledgebase articles more quickly that Microsoft's search.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco NX-OS

No score
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Windows Server

Windows Server 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure that you have detailed processes in place for every server instance you plan to install/upgrade, if possible get the base OS loaded and Windows Updates applied ahead of time, and if using a VM take a snapshot prior to installing each role, as well as along the way.
Geoff Johnson | 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

Windows Server

About any linux distro can be setup to handle services that a Windows Server can do, except I have not personally found anything nearly as convenient of a replacement for Active Directory, Group Policy, or an RD Gateway. There are alternatives to those services, they just aren't as polished or simple to use, in my opinion.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 7.9
Based on 7 answers
Security is something I know Cisco take seriously and there are many security features across all their devices. I don't think features like zero-trust are enabled by default though, so it does require reading the relevant guide and applying commands that suit your environment which can mean the implementation is not always as robust as intended.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco NX-OS

  • It is serving the purpose from last few years.
  • Need to spend multiple manpower cycles to do the reload/code upgrades.
  • We need to request for downtime from the user to do the reload/code upgrades.
Ramesh Kaka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • Because of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, Windows products are fairly affordable for us and that has been a huge blessing. We are considering some Azure cloud options and some of that is covered under our Campus Agreement, making it a nice incentive to start migrating certain apps and functionality to the cloud
  • I don't have access to our budgets so I cannot give a good answer as far as the impact of ROI on our institution, but if your company can afford it, you cannot go wrong with Windows server. Not having to send your sys admins to Linux or Unix school alone is a big savings as well as not having to train your staff on using a Linux desktop instead of a Windows-based one.
  • The compatibility with end users of all varieties and platforms will definitely impact your ROI in a positive way. We have Apple users, Android, Windows, and even a few Linux end users on our campus and Windows server works quite well with all of them.
Omar Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco NX-OS

General

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

Windows Server

General

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

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