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Cisco Catalyst Switches vs Cisco FabricPath comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco Catalyst Switches and Cisco FabricPath based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two LAN Switching solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath report (Updated: September 2022).
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"Cisco comes with built-in software access for network devices.""The scalability is good.""The PoE capability of Catalyst Switches is great for using WAPs and other PoE equipment, such as security cameras.""It is an infrastructure tool, so it is just providing a backend service. Its most useful feature is that it operates on a regular basis. It is reliable.""The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.""The installation process is very straightforward.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""The solution is very stable."

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"It's very stable.""We have found the solution to be stable.""FabricPath's best features are routing, OSPS, ethernet, and performance.""The most valuable features are the lead time and the high quality of the product.""The solution has excellent stability.""The most valuable feature is the central management where the customer can receive all the alerts."

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"Its price can be improved. Some devices can be very expensive.""The solution offers a bit of complexity and you need a specialized workforce.""The product should work on its pricepoints. It's an expensive solution.""We have configurations for port channels between two facilities, and we cannot communicate between these two buildings. An SFP configuration uses one wire to send and receive the signal. It's opt-in. We cannot use it after the upgrade. What can we do in this situation? We already bought it.""If they worked on lowering the price, they would be able to attract more customers.""Their price should be improved. They are a little bit expensive.""In an upcoming release, adding SD-WAN capabilities would be a big advantage for our company.""Its price can be improved. It is currently expensive."

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"If Cisco can include management for this protocol in Layer 3, that would be ideal.""The documents could improve for Cisco FabricPath. There are times when the relevant information is not present in the different sections of the documents, such as deployment. The documents should be more detailed and enhanced.""The prices for FabricPath are very high, and Cisco also takes a long time to deliver products (in Mexico, the delivery time is eight months).""The initial setup is a little complex.""The cloud version of Cisco Fabric Path could be improved.""The price is a little bit too high."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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  • "The price of Cisco FabricPath could be reduced, it is expensive in the market here in Sri Lanka. The solution is subscriptions based, if the customer wants any future integrations, or if there are any future enhancements they will have to pay. There are different license options available, such as one or three years purchases."
  • "FabricPath is very reasonably priced."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.
    Top Answer:Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.
    Top Answer:The management features are in need of improvement.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while Cisco FabricPath is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 6 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco FabricPath is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Reliable, simple to set up, and offers good technical support". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Juniper QFabric, whereas Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Cisco Nexus, Brocade VCS, Arista Campus LAN Switches and HPE ProCurve. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath report.

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