Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

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What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for a full range of layer two and only limited set of layer three services.

We are a backbone company and we provide a public service. The traffic of millions of users traverse Cisco switches, but they are not within our company. It's a public service.

We plan to increase our usage of this solution.

What is most valuable?

The operating system is great.

What needs improvement?

They need to implement sFlow, other than that, I can't think of anything else that needs to be improved — I am happy.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for roughly 10 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco Catalyst Switches are very stable. We've been using them for 10 years without any issues. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We use an old model, they're not designed to be scalable. But in general, the Catalyst networking suite is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

For our application which is rather simple, we are using only 5% of the features that Cisco Catalyst switches offer. We haven't encountered any problems and therefore, we have not had to call technical support.

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

We used to use other products, but our CTO loves Cisco. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and very fast. In total, the whole installation process took two days.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed this solution by ourselves. 

What was our ROI?

3-years

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

The price could always be lower.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Arista, Fiber Store, Dell, Extreme Networks

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend this solution to others. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco Catalyst Switches a rating of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

4948E-E
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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