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Cisco vs. Extreme Networks?

Hi everyone,

I work at a junior college with 1 main campus and 3 satellite campuses. We're a Cisco shop - switches, routers, ASAs, VOIP, wireless - but most of our gear is either end of life or will be there soon. A few of my colleagues don't like paying for Smartnet coverage and have been getting quotes from Extreme Networks just for comparison. I keep telling them that there's more to consider than just cost. The gear we have has run SOLID for the past 7 years and whenever there's been a problem, I can call TAC and typically have the problem fixed within 24 hours at most. I love having TAC behind me when there's a problem. I don't feel nearly as confident if we go the Extreme Networks path.

Our network is EIGRP and I suspect will have to be totally re-engineered if we switch (the thought of that keeps me awake at night...). I'd like to hear from others who have experience with Extreme about their support.

What sort of issues are we likely to run into if we begin migrating away from Cisco? If we do, it won't be a total network forklift - it will be a gradual shift over the 10 years.

Your advice and thoughts are much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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New Member

I heard that Extreme

I heard that Extreme Networking is most popular and useful for todays day. But while studing in university instructor got another point of view. Let us know if you will find the answer. 

New Member

Hello, I just came across

Hello, I just came across this post and was wondering what your decision was.   We use extreme here and I am not a big fan but I am also very familar with cisco switches so i may be a biased a bit.  

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My supervisors chose to stick

My supervisors chose to stick with Cisco. I'm very glad they did - big sigh of relief. I'm not bashing Extreme - just familiar with Cisco commands and happy to still have TAC support available when I need it.

New Member

Good choice.  I don't want to

Good choice.  I don't want to say anything negative but we are switching to cisco for some reasons.   It is hard to be beat TAC support like you stated.  

New Member

Thanks for the input Chad.

Thanks for the input Chad. Will you update this thread once you've made the switch? I'm interested to know what your experience is and if you're glad for the change.

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