Cisco Ethernet Switches Review

Cisco 3560X delivers outstanding performance, manageability and reliability. Specialized skills are required for configuring them, so make sure to have someone around during implementation.

Valuable Features:

Cisco Ethernet Switches bring outstanding performance and manageability. We have been using ethernet switches from various vendors like 3Com, Allied Telesis, LInksys and HP before we bought our Cisco ethernet switches as part of our network equipment upgrade project.The results after switching our core networking devices with Cisco switches and routers was undeniable. Network performance improved tremendously, as large file transfers completed faster than before. Intranet web applications also benefited from the improved network speed.While Cisco ethernet switches usually cost a lot more than other comparable devices from other manufacturers, the value of your investment on Cisco does not there. We were also able to acquire the CNAP equipment bundle at a massively discounted rate.

Room for Improvement:

Set-up and configuration of Cisco ethernet switches can be a daunting task, and you need someone experienced with configuring Cisco devices for this task. Configuring a Cisco switch via CLI can be a daunting task for others.If you invest on Cisco switches and use their propriety technology, be prepared for the cost implications and vendor lock-in for the foreseeable future. If these are not problems for your company then the choice is easy.

Other Advice:

Overall, Cisco Ethernet Switches are highly recommended. They really improve overall network performance and gives you the peace of mind you deserve. Just be sure to have someone very knowledgeable about configuring Cisco devices on-hand to help you with the configuration and network set-up.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

I do agree with Francis. We have used Ethernet Switches by Cisco for quite some time now. The movement or forwarding of packets within our LAN and WAN is just great. The performance of the network is good. Troubleshooting the switches, for a network geek or even someone without much experience, is very simple.

author avatarit_user2622 (Tech Support Staff at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Real User

I do also agree... cisco series switches are very very good.. obviously 3500 series u can use for L2/L3 as well and we can rely need to buy L3 device....

author avatarit_user2877 (IT Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees)

We have this L3 switch in our network and it does an amazing job functioning as a separator of our Voice and Data networks with the help of VLAN's.