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Broadcom StrataConnect is #17 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give Broadcom StrataConnect an average rating of 10 out of 10. Broadcom StrataConnect is most commonly compared to Cisco Ethernet Switches: Broadcom StrataConnect vs Cisco Ethernet Switches.
What is Broadcom StrataConnect?

StrataConnect switches support 1 Gigabit, 2.5 Gigabit, 5 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 25 Gigabit I/O speeds covering switch bandwidths from tens of gigabits to hundreds of gigabits. StrataConnect switches integrate optional CPU, Copper PHYs or high-speed SerDes with built-in buffering, traffic management, and L2-L4 processing enabling complete “system-on-a-chip” solutions. The StrataConnect line is designed for low power, optimized Layer 2 switching, and simplicity of design ideal for SMB, SME, industrial, embedded, control plane, and layer 2 data plane switch applications. Market-leading switch products are enabled by pairing FASTPATH turnkey software with StrataConnect switches via a low touch, rapid time-to-market model.

Broadcom StrataConnect was previously known as StrataConnect.

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Broadcom StrataConnect Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Broadcom StrataConnect pricing:
"It's approximately $1,000,000.00 if you want to get a license for the software."

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Scales well, reliable, and has good support
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  • "They have some of the fastest speeds available."
  • "Broadcom's biggest issue is that they don't like to share information."

What is our primary use case?

We use Broadcom StrataConnect to design a switch over a two-year period.

The basic use case is a switch for a plane, doing IDs, intrusion detection systems, and networking the plane. Normally it's 10 gigabits and a hundred gigabit of transformative data on an airplane.

What is most valuable?

While Cisco is most likely the leader, Broadcom is probably number two, both in terms of interoperability and speed. They have some of the fastest speeds available.

What needs improvement?

Broadcom's biggest issue is that they don't like to share information. They withhold a lot of documentation. They are only interested in providing the bare minimum of documentation.

Qualcomm, similarly, has the same problem. Broadcom is really big so they only like to deal with the customers that are big. They don't really like customers who are only going to develop 10 or 20 of something. They want customers are going to develop a hundred minimum to a thousand of something.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Broadcom StrataConnect for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is extremely stable. They are, aside from Cisco, the best in the industry.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Broadcom StrataConnect is very good.

How are customer service and support?

I was their technical support for a year.

The support is pretty good.

Locally, it is available in the United States. They provide technical support to distributors such as Appnet and Arrow first. It's the first line of defense. Then you progress to a higher level of support. They have people, such as experts, all over the country who interface and provide fairly quick solutions, as well as hardware and software reviews. They can also return to the original developers in Taiwan.

Broadcom is a Taiwan-based company. They can return to those guys. There are some guys in Israel that they collaborate with. 

It's pretty good in terms of support but it all comes down to money or the size of the opportunity. They will bend over backward to provide tons of direct support if the opportunity is large enough. If it's a small opportunity, you are not as fortunate.

How was the initial setup?

Designing a switch is complicated in and of itself, but it's not that difficult in general.

They provide reference designs, which you can use. Normally, everyone just copies the reference design in terms of hardware, and then it's just a software issue.

Then the question is do you spend the money because it's an expensive solution.

You can also go to a white box manufacturer who has already designed the hardware. They provide the base software, and you provide the upper-level software.

I completed the design and did the actual hardware, then worked with the software team which was pretty complicated. It can take two years to develop your own product. This is also the case if you use Qualcomm, which is a different solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The Broadcom solution is an expensive solution. It's approximately $1,000,000.00 if you want to get a license for the software.

You get a white box. A white box implies that the solution has already been completed and that the maker of the white box has already paid $1,000,000.00 for licensing. He will simply sell you the white box, which you can then modify to your liking, as well as the various software components. That is what the majority of people do. If you want to do your own design, you must pay Broadcom $1,000,000.00 for the license. Then there is the matter of spending whatever you want. The chips are worth $5,000 to $10,000 each. They are not inexpensive chips, or they are probably in the $3,000 to $5,000 range; they're expensive chips. You're not talking about hiring a home developer to develop something.

What other advice do I have?

StrataConnect has many different variants.

I was also the Broadcom representative for Appnet, where I supported a large number of customers. Key site with strata implementation connects into a variety of products. For example, test equipment, key site, test equipment for high-end switches.

Broadcom is now known as Avago. Avago purchased Broadcom. Broadcom is simply the old name, but they continue to use that name. 

Because of Avago, with Broadcom, they have the full circuit. They have all of the transceivers, as well as network switch chips and other components. They have the complete solution available.

My advice would be to buy a white box from Delta or someone else and then you can modify it. To develop it yourself is going to require 50 people, maybe $2,000,000.00, and two to three years. Unless you have that kind of money, time, and those resources, I wouldn't develop it yourself. I would just buy a white box that already has the Broadcom chips in it.

The white box developer, such as Delta or whoever, will have already modified the software for you to give you either different bells and whistles or different things you want. You can then go back to them and pay them a fee of $10,000 or $20,000 to do some other software modifications for you.

Cisco is better but worse to deal with.

It's pretty good, I would rate Broadcom StrataConnect a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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