We performed a comparison between Cisco Nexus and VMware NSX 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.
"When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best."
"Technical support has been very, very helpful and they offer good SLAs."
"You can scale the product."
"The solution has introduced VPC, Virtual Port Channel, which allows for more redundancy and flexibility."
"It's easy to use."
"Cisco is refining the features all the time and you can see this in all the different vendors."
"The initial setup is easy."
"I like the fact that they are a well-supported product."
"VMware NSX is a very good solution. It's also a scalable solution."
"The installation is straightforward, it took a couple of hours."
"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."
"It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way."
"During our experience, the solution has been stable."
"The best part is the blueprint creation where I can create their things and then move on to the target environment."
"One of the big improvements between the NSX-V and NSX-T is that in NSX-T you are no longer dependent on V-Center anymore."
"The security offered by VMware NSX is the most valuable, plus it's a feature-rich product that's straightforward to install and configure."
"The solution is more expensive than other options on the market."
"The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved."
"The software is not as mature as it could be and needs some integration improvements with other orchestrators."
"I feel that this solution should be more flexible and scalable."
"There may be many bugs which remain unresolved."
"The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it."
"The price could be better."
"The cost of the support can be improved. We had critical operations, and we needed 24/7 support for 365 days, which was quite expensive. We had to go for a very costly support contract, which was really a concern. The availability of spare parts, especially in a remote location such as Egypt, can also be improved."
"It could be more user-friendly, but it's manageable. When we add a specific node to this particular NSX and the configuration changes, it won't push through the errors where required, but it'll accept it. However, while using it, we will have issues. It can also be more stable."
"There could be an improvement in regards to security."
"The setup of the solution could be simplified."
"One drawback is this solution requires a lot of other products in the VMware ecosystem to have a full end-to-end operation orchestration monitoring. You have to buy a lot of add-ons to fully utilize the functionality."
"They have some limitations in the firewall features as compared to the on-prem or dedicated hardware appliance. They can add more features, such as IPS and IDS, to the cloud firewall."
"An area for improvement in VMware NSX is that it uses up more resources and is heavy on the network. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is more automation."
"Occasionally the licensing is not very clear. They should make it easier to understand."
"The price is rather high."
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 Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 22 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 35 reviews. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". 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 Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Cisco FabricPath, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Cisco Secure Workload and Guardicore Centra. See our Cisco Nexus vs. VMware NSX report.
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