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Is the Cisco switch worth the money over the Extreme Switch?

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We are looking at purchasing new Core Gigabit Switches for our backbone.  We have price quotes for the Cisco Catalyst 3750 and also Extreme Summit x450.  The Cisco switches are 5X the money of the Extreme switches.  Are they worth the money or would it be better to spend less money on the Extreme.  I know that Cisco has the "name" for this hardware ... but ... is it 5X better?  Thanks for your insight!
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Cisco is 5x the cost?
I don't think so.
Either your pricing is way off or you're not comparing apples to apples.
Can you list the specific model numbers?

As far as which is better, it depends on whats most important to you.

Because we provide IPTV, VoIP, etc. to our customers, QoS was the most important factor when I chose. I use Extreme because their QoS performance beats everyone hands down.
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kdearing...you are right...it is about 2 - 3X the money.  Sorry for the confusion.  

Cisco Catalyst 3750
Extreme Summit x450

These are the 2 models

We are not running VoIP...but may in the future so we will need something reliable.  Thanks for your input.
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It's been my expereince that the costs of Cisco vs Extreme is not that much different (maybe 20-30%) for equipment of similar capabilities.

Note that there are at least 5 different versions of the Extreme X450 and at least 15 different versions of the Cisco 3750.
I was asking about the model numbers so that I could give you the best advice to fit your needs and to ensure the quotes you have are for switches that are comparable.
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