What is our primary use case?
This solution is capable of high-quality L2 & L3 switching at several different layers of our enterprise with a high rate of availability and reliability.
It has excellent dynamic routing capabilities. We manage a large WAN environment that requires the use of OSPF.
Cisco Catalyst Switches perform these two functions very well.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.
We rely on heavy segmentation to secure and isolate several business units.
The dynamic routing capabilities are excellent.
What needs improvement?
Licensing is somewhat expensive and should be improved. Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.
They have done some good by providing low-cost multiyear DNA center licenses with the purchases and have increased the number of benefits provided with the HW warranty, but must still work on lowering smart-net cost.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using this solution for fifteen years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
This solution is extremely stable.
How are customer service and technical support?
The technical support for this solution is excellent. They are very knowledgeable, courteous, and adamant to meet their SLA.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I have used non-Cisco equipment, especially in the IoT environment of this municipality. In my experience, the competition falls short when it comes to features and reliability.
In the enterprise environment, there are several others that compare to Cisco and it is up to you to pick the right solution for your environment. For me, it is all related to budgeting, previous environment, expertise, and training needs.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup of this solution was simple. I included professional services and cross-training for my team.
What about the implementation team?
We have experience in both cases.
More complex and mission-critical deployments are handled by consultants. Less complicated deployments are handled by our staff.
What was our ROI?
ROI for this solution is excellent.
My HW lifecycle schedule is seven years. Some of these switches stay in production and performing ultimately for ten years.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Prior to choosing this solution, I evaluated the IoT environment Antaira, Cradlepoint, and Sierra Wireless. Cisco's solution was superior.
In an enterprise environment, I have evaluated Juniper, Extreme, and HP. Cisco's solution fit my operational, budgeting, and logistic needs better.
What other advice do I have?
This is a solid solution.
When choosing them vs others, it all depends on your budgeting, previous environment, expertise, and training needs.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.