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"The fibre ports that are 10 Gb capacity helped with the travel of a lot of regular as well as video data. Fibre can handle a lot more virtual data than copper twisted-pair, so we got a lot more data and a lot more traffic signals back through the fibre ports, faster, than with copper.""Enables direct access to clusters.""The solution has a very good web interface. It makes it easy to manage everything.""We are able to customize this solution based on the customer's requirements."

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"It's for industry products, so it's easy to use.""The features that I have found most valuable are the core reliability and the switching group. All the features are very generic switching features with high reliability. That is the main key point I can highlight.""Very stable solution with a very low failure rate.""It is very scalable.""These switches help to build the best network, the way we want it.""The brand name and the service support by Cisco are most valuable.""I like that it's easy to use.""Being able to deal with multiple VLANs to segment the network logically is the biggest feature for us. The management of these switches is okay for us. These switches work very well, and they meet our needs."

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"I could see them possibly creating a more intuitive software. It's very user-friendly, but there are some things that aren't very intuitive when programming the switches.""technical support response time is sometimes very slow.""There needs to be better integration with the interface.""In future versions, I would like to see improvements in networking speed."

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"Integration with third-party products could be improved.""When you contact support, they don't give you the expert at first, they give you the beginner. Only after going around in a circle do they give you experts. Why don't they just give the expert from the beginning?""Cisco could definitely work on delivering improved pricing to its customers.""The installation is difficult and requires further training documentations.""Cisco could also open the API up to work closely with other systems.""Network setup is quite complicated, particularly if you're implementing in a non-technical environment.""Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""The initial setup can be simplified."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is reasonable compared to Aruba and HPE."
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  • "The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."
  • "These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment."
  • "We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."
  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anurag Jain
    author avatarreviewer160041 (Senior Director Information Technology at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees)
    User

    Depending upon the size and design of the network, it will determine to some extent which brand will be the most cost-effective and reliable solution. 


    I used Netgear equipment in a simple Layer 2/ Layer 3 setup using their Netgear Smart Switches with stacking and 10GB uplinks for around 380 users and around 400 devices, and ran for around 4+ years without a single issue related to network switches, we then move to our site operation where we used H3C switches. H3C has excellent switches. I also used Brocade ethernet switches which have been running for the past 9 years requiring some occasional reboots. 


    I recommend all switches get rebooted every two years. 


    I have used Cisco switches also. They are good but there are better more feature-rich TCO costs over 5 Years Cisco losses out. Honestly, most of the feature sets in switches are not used within business operations. 


    Also, the best is to follow KISS when it comes to networking.   

    author avatarEnder Kefoglu
    Real User

    For an Enterprise?


    I would definitely go with Cisco.


    Cisco has a wide range of products to accommodate all present and future needs of an enterprise organization. 


    Cisco support is very professional in case something goes wrong. 


    Cisco products are very stable, have lots of features to satisfy every need of an enterprise and in my experience, they don't easily fail. 

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    Also Known As
    Alcatel Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches, Alcatel-Lucent Ethernet Switches, OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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    Overview

    The Alcatel Lucent ethernet switches are fully managed and run on the widely deployed & field-proven Alcatel-Lucent operating system offering high security, reliability, performance and easy management. These switches are designed to operate in extended temperatures, offer higher EMI/EMC tolerance and surge protection.

    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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    Bayonette, California State University (CSU), Centre Hospitalier Carcassonne, Centro Universitšrio de Brasilia (UniCEUB), China Tianchen Engineering Corporation Co. LTD, Citta Della Speranza, City of Frankfurt, City of Ogden, City of Vila Franca de Xira
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    Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is ranked 16th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews. Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is rated 8.8, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches writes "Management of the edge solution is very user-friendly, and with with all the ports being used the switches worked fine". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center. See our Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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