Cisco Ethernet Switches Review

Stable, easy to use, and has the ability to scale

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution like a normal wired network. We use it in the area before you connect it to outer networks using the firewall. Our inner network is managed by switches. All the wired connections come to those switches. We can do internal networking on the switches such as VLANs and all of those things. We use it for basic switching purpose.

How has it helped my organization?

Yes, it has improved.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.

The product is quite stable, which is one of its main selling points. The solution can scale.

What needs improvement?

I don't really have a complaint about the features that the solution has.

It can be a bit expensive, however, it's not as expensive as Meraki switches.

The user interface, the UI, could be better.

Going command mode to make hardcore changes to the config. It's not so futuristic environment for configuration purposes.

While you can scale the solution, it can get expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for quite a while now. We've used them for at least four or five years at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is extremely stable. We never have issues with it. It doesn't have any underlying issues and is quite reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

While the solution can scale, it's a costly endeavor. Scaling definitely will cost an organization more money.

We have about 60 or 70 users of the product within our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

While we've occasionally had issues with the solution, we've never actually reached out to technical support. Therefore I can't speak to their responsiveness or knowledgability.

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

We've always used Ciscos switches of one kind or another. We've never used another brand. We're currently planning to change to Cisco Meraki switches. We haven't yet configured them, however. We're going to use it with a Palo Alto Firewall.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex at all. It was extremely straightforward. That said, our setup required a very minimal configuration, and therefore it didn't take up much time. The deployment took maybe half an hour or so.

What about the implementation team?

I handled the implementation myself. I didn't need help from consultants or integrators.

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

While normal switches are not too expensive, Meraki switches are pricier.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. We don't have any business relationship with Cisco.

It's my understanding that we are not using the latest version of the switches.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations.

I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been largely pretty satisfied with the solution.

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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