"Catalyst switches are easy to use and simple to work with."
"I've had no problems with the stability of this solution."
"We can have multiple Cisco switches, like seven or eight, on a stack for 300 users. So it is highly scalable and easy to manage."
"As there are many who are knowledgeable of this technology, this translates into extensive support for it."
"The technical support is at an expert level."
"Its implementation is quite simple as there's good documentation you can reference."
"Catalyst Switches perform very well, and the network is stable."
"Cisco Switches are more stable in terms of hardware and firmware, rather than Juniper Switches."
"The most valuable features of VMware NSX are the tight integration with the VMware Hypervisor natively and the management console. We have a lot of other integrations where you are able to see the virtual machine's end-to-end visibility."
"It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way."
"The most valuable feature of VMware NSX is the ability to set up virtual networking environments."
"NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."
"I have found VMware NSX to be easy to use."
"The solution is very good at micro-segmentation."
"The security offered by VMware NSX is the most valuable, plus it's a feature-rich product that's straightforward to install and configure."
"I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."
"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."
"The pricing needs improvement."
"Stability could be better."
"Scaling can be quite costly."
"In a future upgrade, I would like to see integrated wireless in the solution."
"In the future, I would like to see better security for this product."
"Cisco is a bit complex."
"The price could be better. For Cisco, there is no need for improvement except for the price. It's expensive."
"It's not feature-rich."
"There are always issues integrating with Cisco."
"There could be an improvement in regards to security."
"The support needs improvement."
"VMware NSX could improve by having more compatibility with other none Window-based operating systems."
"The solution can improve by making it more straightforward, easier to install and maintain in the environment."
"It isn't easy to deploy."
"NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar."
VMware NSX is a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.
VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.
VMware NSX Use Cases
VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:
Reviews from Real Users
Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.
Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."
A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."
Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 32 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and QSC Q-SYS NS Series, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Guardicore Centra and Illumio Adaptive Security Platform. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX report.
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