Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

Configuration is straightforward and all our switches are working without any downtime

What is our primary use case?

LAN and WAN links in our offices and data centers.

How has it helped my organization?

When we started deploying Cisco switches in our new office, we were able to deploy them very quickly. There were no problems at the configuration stage and this allowed us to start work as quickly as possible.

What is most valuable?

Stability. We have many Catalyst switches now, and they work without any downtime. We work with government companies and we can't allow the business to stand idle.

What needs improvement?

It would be good if they added some machine learning which would allow us to abandon the rigid rules for processing traffic priorities and, at the same time, save money, because equipment with similar logic (like DPI) is much more expensive.

Soon, we plan to migrate to the cloud infrastructure. It would be good if the Cisco switches worked quickly in the cloud, like their hardware devices. Ideally, they would be like OVS-DPDK, but they would work out-of-the-box.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't use Cisco support. In our company, we have our own support team with various CCNA and CCNP engineers.

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

Previously, we tried many different solutions but we had some trouble with stability and scalability.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty easy. The first setup was not that big and it was deployed in one day with only two engineers, one CCNA and one CCNP.

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

Cisco's prices are not cheap, but the stability is worth it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried many vendors including D-Link, HPE, and some cheaper vendors.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product but the price is high, so I would rate it at eight out of 10. Overall, it's worth it. Cisco switches have rich functionality.

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

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