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Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX
May 2020
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Pros
"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."

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"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."

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Cons
"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."

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"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."

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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 licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
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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:There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
    Top Answer:Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is very stable and reliable.
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    Overview
    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.

    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:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    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."

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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
    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider12%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX
    May 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    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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