Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

Easy to use, flexible, and simple to set up

What is our primary use case?

We pretty much use the solution primarily for everything that connects to a network. For example, we use it for user work stations or some endpoint equipment.

What is most valuable?

The solution is quite stable.

We've found the product to be very easy to use.

The solution is extremely flexible.

You can scale the solution by simply adding another device.

The solution is very easy to set up.

What needs improvement?

The solution is expensive. They should work on their pricing model to try to make it more affordable for customers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than a year at this point. It hasn't been too long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with the stability. It doesn't crash or freeze. There aren't bugs or glitches. It's been good. It's a reliable product so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not stackable. To gain any kind of scalability with the solution is just about adding another 2960 Catalyst device. IN that sense, you can scale it however you like.

In our organization, we have about 3,000 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never contacted technical support and therefore I can't speak to how knowledgeable or responsive they are.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did use Ubiquiti switches at one point in time, however, they were not enterprise-level products. They were more designed for small or medium-sized organizations. It's hard to compare the two.

How was the initial setup?

The installation of the solution is not complex. The implementation is very, very straightforward. If you have a prepared configuration, a basic configuration, for example, it takes about, 10 minutes to configure the switch. Installation is just plugging power into it, and connecting it. It's very easy. You don't need to be too technical.

We had three people that handled deployment and maintenance.

We do plan to increase usage. We bought some more devices at the end of last year. We're just waiting for them to arrive. It's my understanding that the 2960-Plus is going out of sale this year. Therefore, we'll have to find some replacement series if we want to buy more switches.

What about the implementation team?

I've handled the installation myself. I did not need the assistance of anyone. We didn't need to hire consultants or integrators.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is a bit expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We use the Catalyst Series 2960 or the 2960-Plus and some L3 switches for distribution-level switches, such as the 3850, which are out of sale and at end-of-life now. We're using the current versions of the solution for the most part.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations.

Overall, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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