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"All features are very strong. It is very easy to manage. It is also certified and popular. Cisco has come up with a new management console to manage the switches. I still haven't tried it, but in my opinion, this is the best way forward. You can use software to manage the switches instead of the common line configuration. You can manage it through software, which is very easy.""We have dealt with Cisco's technical support in the past. They were especially helpful and very polite. They are always there if we need them and their insights are always excellent. I would say that we have been satisfied with the level of support we've gotten so far.""Cisco comes with built-in software access for network devices.""The ability to configure throughput is very flexible and improved the performance of our systems.""It is easy to install.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""One of the main features of this solution is it is easy to manage.""The solution is stable."

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"The most valuable features are the security, web control, and traffic control.""The technical assistance is good.""Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.""The fact that the solution is on the cloud is its most valuable aspect. If you are on the cloud, you can manage your network from anywhere, any place. It's very good.""The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability.""It's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.""The technical support we get from Cisco is excellent. It's the best in the industry. We're more than satisfied with the level of service they provide."

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"In terms of what could be improved, more integration is the main thing they should be focused on.""Cisco is weird about their pricing models, so that's one problem. Their operating system is also a little outdated.""I can't use older Cisco devices with newer versions of the controller or switches. For example, if a switch was manufactured in 2014, I can't use it with a controller made in 2019. I have to change the switch so that I can upgrade my network or my devices. I don't have the option to update the version I have on the image of the AP or the controller.""Catalyst Switches could be more secure.""The price of the product is very expensive.""Cisco forces end-users to accept billing for some capabilities or services that they may not want.""The price can definitely be lower.""The solution could be easy to use, you need a certificate to use it."

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"Lack of security features for which we need to use another solution.""I would like one management console to control the network.""The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell to clients.""The management features are in need of improvement.""Improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation.""The solution should offer better reporting."

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  • "The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support."
  • "The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000."
  • "The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium."
  • "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."
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    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    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.
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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
    Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 97 reviews while Cisco FabricPath is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 7 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco FabricPath is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Has the ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions, good stability and good documentation". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Nexus and Dell PowerConnect Switches, whereas Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Arista Campus LAN Switches, Cisco Nexus, Brocade VCS and HPE ProCurve. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath report.

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