Arista Networks Platform vs Cisco Catalyst Switches comparison

You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Arista Logo
4,866 views|3,693 comparisons
100% willing to recommend
Cisco Logo
views| comparisons
94% willing to recommend
Comparison Buyer's Guide
Executive Summary
Updated on Oct 11, 2022

We performed a comparison between Arista Networks Platform and Cisco Catalyst Switches based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Arista reviewers say that the initial setup is straightforward. Some Cisco users say that the setup requires technical expertise.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    Arista users say it is easy to manage, reliable, and has useful automation features but lacks micro-segmentation options.

    Cisco users say it is a cutting-edge solution that performs well and is easy to use. Some users mention that it needs a better user interface.
  • Pricing: Reviewers of both solutions feel that they are expensive solutions.

  • ROI: Users of both solutions report an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Arista users say that the solution’s support is excellent. Most Cisco users are satisfied with the level of support they receive but some say that the response time is slow.

Comparison Results: Arista comes out on top in this comparison. According to reviews, it is easier to set up and has better support than Cisco.

To learn more, read our detailed Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches Report (Updated: May 2024).
772,422 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Featured Review
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The configuration capabilities were good.""We find the CloudVision switching feature of this solution really useful.""The most valuable aspect of Arista Networks products is their ease of configuration, especially when compared to Cisco products. When we implement advanced features for data centers such as BGP EVPN and VXLAN, Arista's configuration process is similar to that of Cisco's process, but at the same time it is simply much easier, clearer, and more understandable.""The most valuable features of the Arista Networks Platform are the EVPN and VXLAN. It has comprehensive features.""It provides telemetry and visibility for many metrics that are not supported by most of the other vendors. Out of the box, no third party solutions are needed.""They support open standard features.""The solution is very stable.""The product's initial setup phase was straightforward."

More Arista Networks Platform Pros →

"The solution works well with analytics.""Cisco offers DNS features over other vendors.""The most valuable features are the Stacking and the capacity of the switches because they have more throughput. Layer 2 is also part of its rich feature set.""These switches are flexible and user-friendly.""I like everything about Cisco Catalyst Switches. It's both stable and scalable.""Overall top of the line solution.""The product is also flexible.""The Cisco Catalyst is very stable and it can last for many years."

More Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros →

"The solution is a bit pricey.""The product fails to offer functions related to cloud orchestration, making it in areas where improvements are required.""A smoother transition between ISPs during failover would improve the user experience by reducing unnecessary notifications and interruptions.""The solution needs to accommodate new features.""The intent-based networking management, together with the provider of these solutions that are already free, would be beneficial.""The stability of this solution needs to be improved as part of the next upgrade.""The CVP management platform needs to be improved.""The solution needs to improve their product range."

More Arista Networks Platform Cons →

"Facilitating and adapting the security updates would be a good improvement, because usually it requires to reboot the router to get them""We would like the solution to be more stable.""Reducing the price would be an improvement.""The stability must be improved.""An area for improvement would be the documentation and training on configuring this product.""The pricing could be better. Cisco is quite expensive.""First of all, there are some features that take a long time to get implemented, and other vendors have them for a long time before them. For example, it took a long time to have a way to commit change with the timer, so it gets undone if the user doesn't accept the change after it's done. Like, having to say the changes be done, and everything works fine. In the end, everything works fine, but it didn't exist. That's just an example of stuff that came late to Catalyst.""All other modules have comparatively many more functions or power than regular Catalyst switches."

More Cisco Catalyst Switches Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is pretty pricey for a networking platform. It is on par with Cisco."
  • "Cost wise, Arista Networks Platform is more expensive than other networking solutions."
  • "Arista is very expensive. Not everybody is in a position to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for one switch."
  • "The price of the Arista Networks Platform could be less expensive for the hardware and license."
  • "There is an annual license required to use the Arista Networks Platform."
  • "Specific tools definitely require a license for the subscription. But we are not using these tools in our environment. In terms of licensing, you need to spend approximately $10,000 per month."
  • "I remember that when our customers were offered the Arista Networks Platform, they used a checklist to compare the prices between Arista and Cisco for their requirements, and found that the prices were almost the same."
  • "I rate the product price a seven on a scale of one to ten where ten is high price and one is low price."
  • More Arista Networks Platform Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "​The price should go down instead of up. ​"
  • "It has a very high cost, but understandably, due to its very good quality."
  • "Cisco's prices are not cheap, but the stability is worth it."
  • "Pricing could be better."
  • "If you consider Cisco's price with the Dell, you will definitely lose with Cisco. But Cisco has a major area of equipment in general. Cisco has routers, firewalls, NAC, certain video conferencing, Apple phones, and different security solutions. But Dell doesn't have such areas, Dell only has switching architecture."
  • "Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side."
  • "Pricing is an issue I have been facing, in comparison with HPE or Juniper. The Nexus series is out of the question right now. Scalability is more an issue on the pricing side and less on the technology side."
  • "Catalyst is very expensive."
  • More Cisco Catalyst Switches Pricing and Cost Advice →

    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Ethernet Switches solutions are best for your needs.
    772,422 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.
    Top Answer:Arista Networks Platform was cheaper than Cisco. I have heard that the product is affordable for enterprise-sized companies.
    Top Answer:The product fails to offer functions related to cloud orchestration, making it in areas where improvements are required.
    Top Answer:Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
    Top Answer:We are a vendor for the healthcare sector, especially hospitals, and normally, we use a full Cisco solution for stability, especially for the stability of the Access Points and the security of… more »
    Top Answer:I would rate the pricing a ten out of ten, with ten being expensive.
    out of 34 in Ethernet Switches
    Average Words per Review
    In Ethernet Switches
    Also Known As
    7000 Series
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
    Learn More

    Arista Networks Platform is a stable and reliable solution for data center features, specifically for non-blocking switches used for spine-leaf connectivity with servers hooked to these switches. It also provides multi-layer switches for client networks, particularly in the banking sector. 

    Arista products are preferred for their stability, good hardware, ease of adoption and configuration, responsive and helpful support, and high throughput ratings. The solution has helped prevent screen loss and business outages in the media industry and is designed for next-generation data centers.

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are a reliable and scalable network switching and routing solution, focusing on VLANs and VLAN switching. They are used as access switches, distribution switches, and core switches in various environments, deployed on-premises, and used for long connections. The switches are easy to configure, install, and upgrade and offer good pricing. 

    The most valuable features include warranty and firmware support, stability, security, good performance, flexibility, etc. The Cisco Catalyst Switches have provided a stable solution for the organizations and are widely used, trusted, and well-known in the networking industry.

    Sample Customers
    American Internet Services
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    Top Industries
    Healthcare Company20%
    Consumer Goods Company20%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Educational Organization54%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise58%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
    772,422 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Arista Networks Platform is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 21 reviews while Cisco Catalyst Switches doesn't meet the minimum requirements to be ranked in Ethernet Switches with 171 reviews. Arista Networks Platform is rated 8.6, while Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Arista Networks Platform writes "Affordable for enterprise-sized companies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Reliable and stable catalyst switch; can be easily installed". Arista Networks Platform is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches and Meraki MS Switches, whereas Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus, HPE ProCurve, ExtremeSwitching and Aruba Instant On Switches. See our Arista Networks Platform vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches report.

    See our list of best Ethernet Switches vendors and best Data Center Networking vendors.

    We monitor all Ethernet Switches reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.