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We performed a comparison between Cisco Catalyst Switches and Cisco Nexus 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 Nexus report (Updated: September 2022).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"Cisco comes with built-in software access for network devices.""It is a pretty good product. I don't see a problem with this product. Cisco Catalyst Switches fit the best for the type of systems that we deploy. Our customers usually are happy with Cisco equipment. Many partners and third parties have ordered this solution.""Catalyst switches are highly reliable. They have a good product life, they are balanced overall compared to others.""Catalyst Switches are easy to install.""We find the product very easy to use.""They are stable. We haven't had any particular problem with them.""Cisco Catalyst Switches is very stable, configurable, and durable. It is also easy to manage.""Technical support is very helpful, even during implementation."

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"The solution is stable.""Cisco Nexus is a stable solution.""We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.""When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best.""Technical support has been very, very helpful and they offer good SLAs.""Cisco is refining the features all the time and you can see this in all the different vendors.""The initial setup is easy.""The solution has introduced VPC, Virtual Port Channel, which allows for more redundancy and flexibility."

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Cons
"Compared to other switches, the Cisco products are expensive.""The general price of the solution could be cheaper.""The technical support, in some cases, should be faster and could improve.""The solution was stable 10 years ago, there is room for improvement in this area.""The solution could be easy to use, you need a certificate to use it.""I use the Cisco Catalyst Switches command-line interface(CLI) a lot out in the field, but there are some web interfaces features that are available that I haven't used very much. I'm more comfortable with the CLI, but the web interfaces are very lacking.""Personal automatization is a feature that should be addressed.""The technical response could be faster in the future."

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"It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""I am looking for a GUI that goes alongside them and more SD-WAN built to their core switches.""They could improve on having different technologies between product models.""The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators.""Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).""The price could be better.""There may be many bugs which remain unresolved.""The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it."

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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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  • "I thought that it would be less expensive."
  • "We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive."
  • "The price of the product is reasonable."
  • "The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced."
  • "The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher."
  • "Licensing is annual or every three years. We were one of the big customers, and we used to get good prices, but the cost of the support can be improved."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We have a virtual license."
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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:The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
    Ranking
    1st
    out of 15 in LAN Switching
    Views
    11,611
    Comparisons
    7,319
    Reviews
    102
    Average Words per Review
    387
    Rating
    8.5
    3rd
    out of 15 in LAN Switching
    Views
    5,625
    Comparisons
    4,166
    Reviews
    21
    Average Words per Review
    384
    Rating
    8.4
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Overview
    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
    Offer
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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
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider12%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 22 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Dell PowerConnect Switches, NETGEAR Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Juniper QFX Series Switches and VMware NSX. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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