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Pros
"I have not opened up a ticket for Cisco Catalyst Switches. However, I have used the support from Cisco and they are very good and responsive.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""One of the most valuable features is the MatchBox Switch.""The solution is already at the cutting edge in terms of innovation.""These are a proven technology and I haven't had any problem with them.""It can be expanded.""These switches are flexible and user-friendly.""The quality of a Cisco switch is very high. They are extremely stable."

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"Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication."

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Cons
"Cisco Catalyst Switches should have better performance and be easier to use. Additionally, they should add artificial intelligence features.""An area for improvement would be the high price.""The GUI should be addressed.""Cisco can definitely improve the training part. They can provide more training related to configuration.""The solution could improve by having a video IP feature.""Their price should be cheaper. We lose a lot of work because of the price that they have.""I would like to see support for one-touch provisioning.""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."

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"Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version."

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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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  • "It was around $1500 a year. It is cheaper than Cisco but more expensive than Ruckus."
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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:Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication.
    Top Answer:Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version.
    Top Answer:Read the documentation of the current model and always create a backup because anything can happen. I was working in a rural area, and the weather kept interfering with signal strengths and bandwidth… more »
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    399
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    8.5
    23rd
    out of 37 in Ethernet Switches
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
    VDX, Brocade VDX
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    Overview
    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    Brocade VDX Switches support Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabrics with open standards and extensive scalability to deliver high performance, capacity, and reliability for data center spine and leaf deployments. It includes the following products: Brocade VDX 6740 SWITCHES, Brocade VDX 6940 SWITCH and Brocade VDX 8770 SWITCH.
    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
    Niagra Falls Bridge Commission, Medien System Partner, CDE Lightband, MaximumASP
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider12%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    LAN Switching
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Netgear, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others in LAN Switching. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while Extreme VDX is ranked 23rd in Ethernet Switches with 1 review. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Extreme VDX is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Extreme VDX writes "A simple and stable solution with a web interface and two-factor authentication". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and VMware NSX, whereas Extreme VDX is most compared with Cisco Nexus, ExtremeSwitching, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center, VMware NSX and Dell PowerConnect Switches.

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