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We performed a comparison between Cisco FabricPath 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 FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The most valuable feature is the central management where the customer can receive all the alerts.""The most valuable features are the lead time and the high quality of the product.""FabricPath's best features are routing, OSPS, ethernet, and performance.""The solution has excellent stability.""It's very stable.""We have found the solution to be stable."

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"Cisco is refining the features all the time and you can see this in all the different vendors.""When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best.""Technical support has been very, very helpful and they offer good SLAs.""Cisco Nexus is a stable solution.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""It's easy to use, and the performance is great.""The most valuable feature is performance.""Its low latency is most valuable. Its performance is good, and it is also very stable."

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"The initial setup is a little complex.""The cloud version of Cisco Fabric Path could be improved.""If Cisco can include management for this protocol in Layer 3, that would be ideal.""The price is a little bit too high.""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 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."

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"The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""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.""One of the biggest challenges, which I see is that there's a constant evolution in the product. For example, our configuration is based on what is known as traditional data center implementation. Today there is the ACI deployment and to implement, to migrate from one technology to another, that's challenging both from a configuration perspective and also from a cost perspective.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""The installation process lasted too long, taking 16 to 24 hours for full completion.""The flexibility and configuration could be better.""There may be many bugs which remain unresolved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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: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.
    Top Answer:The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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    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.
    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.
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    Sample Customers
    Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
    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
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco FabricPath is ranked 5th in LAN Switching with 6 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 22 reviews. Cisco FabricPath is rated 9.2, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Reliable, simple to set up, and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Brocade VCS, Arista Campus LAN Switches, Cisco Catalyst Switches and HPE ProCurve, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Extreme VDX. See our Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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