Cisco Ethernet Switches Review

Modules are hot swappable, as you have dual power supplies. If you need improvements, you'll need to upgrade the hardware.

What is most valuable?

Support for various dynamic IP routing protocols and the ability to slot in additional modules while the switch is running.

How has it helped my organization?

Modules are hot swappable, as you have dual power supplies, as well as support for various dynamic IP routing protocols.

What needs improvement?

Nothing that I can think of. If you want to improve, you have the choice to upgrade the hardware.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been very stable since deployment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable, as you just need to buy new modules, and slot them in as and when required.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent customer service.

Technical Support:

I never had an issue yet with this product which required TAC intervention but from my previous experience Cisco TAC support is the best.

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

We previously used 3com switches, and we switched to Cisco in order to standardize our network hardware.

How was the initial setup?

It's easy to deploy if you know what you are doing, and do proper planning. For me, it was pretty straightforward. I have years of experience on Cisco products.

What about the implementation team?

It was an in-house deployment.

What was our ROI?

It's high.

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

It's worth the price you pay.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered using Cisco 3700 series switches and stacking them.

What other advice do I have?

It's best for access layer deployment.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

Catalyst 4500 with IOS Version 15.X
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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