Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

Offers good, solid hardware and security, with great performance


What is our primary use case?

We generally work with small, medium and sometimes government organizations. We do layer 3 switches, as well as 9200 as layer 2 switches. I'm an integrator and we are customers of Cisco. 

What is most valuable?

We don't use any specific protocols. For us, the hardware and the security are the product's valuable features and performance of this solution is good. 

What needs improvement?

The cost of this product is very high and not all companies can afford it. Government entities can but corporations these days are hesitant to get Cisco. They're looking for other options that can cut their costs by 30% or 40% from the cost of Cisco Catalyst Switches. I think the command line in the platform could be improved because it's divided and can complicate things, maybe they can go direct to GUI. Using all the commands is a bit difficult. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco is stable. There are no issues with outages or integration. Once it's up and running, configuration is okay, and once it's on the live network, it's fine, no issues. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is not an issue. Cisco is their own market and it works.  

How are customer service and technical support?

If I have Smart Net, I get good technical support. Whenever I have an issue I contact them. They're very good. 

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup can be a bit complex depending on the organization. Deployment time depends on the configuration. I did an installation with around 44 switches of Cisco 3850, which took me around one week to do the installation, configuration, and handover. It depends on the number of switches and configuration required. 

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

When we propose Cisco to a company, the only issue they are concerned with is price and the yearly subscription. You have to buy Smart Net to get a warranty and that is also expensive. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco is similar to other solutions such as D-Link. They have the same features. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this product an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

9200
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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