Cisco Catalyst Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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reviewer1296177
UC Deployment Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Mar 4, 2020
When passing multicast video across the network, technicians don't have make changes

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for Pro AV products, so multicast video and multicast audio passing across an AV system. Audio video is getting very network-based, so we are using it for network transport and multiple VLAN communication.

Pros and Cons

  • "Out-of-the-box, it works for our main use case. When passing multicast video across the network, our technicians don't have make any changes. Then, if we do need to make configuration changes for a custom scenario, the web interface is user intuitive so it's easy to use and change."
  • "An area for improvement would be creating a wizard that can do a lot of common stuff. Instead of having some manual configuration for common features, they may want to have a single wizard that could be put in place which would let you walk through creating multiple VLANs and different routes between VLANs in a wizard. Then, you wouldn't have to dig in so deep."

What other advice do I have?

It's a good switch. The only recommendation that I would have is to put in a wizard for some of the more advanced features. Outside of that, I'm very happy with the product. It does fit in a hole that's typically been missed by a lot of switch vendors who are not targeting the Pro AV space, like NETGEAR is. I would rate the product between an eight point five and nine (out of 10). We are working with NETGEAR to train our employees on the product as well as get a closer relationship with them. It is more than just buying the product. We are working with NETGEAR to help develop the product a bit…
reviewer1330542
Network Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Sep 12, 2020
The unique ring topology protocol and pricing makes this a unique solution worthy of consideration

What is our primary use case?

I have been a network engineer since the mid-nineties. The company I am in now has19 buildings and 50 plus switches, all Extreme. We use lots of gen one and gen twos — either the X460s or X690s — using the SummitStack. That is our standard variant of the Extreme Networks. We do have a couple of old 460s and a couple of old 480s, but we use the SummitStack for those versions instead of the Black Diamond.

Pros and Cons

  • "The unique ring topology is actually a handy innovation."
  • "The price is low compared to the competition."
  • "The training and resources for learning are lacking."

What other advice do I have?

Advice that I would give to people considering switches is that I think Extreme products are pretty feature-rich and they are definitely worth considering alongside the competition. They just have to be aware they are not going to be working like they would with Cisco, which means fewer resources and potentially fewer candidates to work with the solution as engineers. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate ExtremeSwitching as an eight-out-of-ten.
Peter Van Loon
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 31, 2019
Good support, stable to the point where incidents have zero impact on the organization

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for storage and connectivity.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking."
  • "Scalability, especially with the power connect series is something that you have to take into account before starting the project because any changes to an ongoing project can be difficult."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go with Proactive Care. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that is available or provided by Dell. I would say it's recommended, especially for the power connector for a higher level and various switches like the eight thousand series and higher. My advice would be to always call for Proactive Care support contracts because they will make sure you get the best service that is available. There is no need for improvement because they are proactively maintained by Dell themselves. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
LuisPinto
System Administrator with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jan 8, 2020
Easily configurable and is easy to create each connection and configuration

What is our primary use case?

Normally, I use it for the core environment and the solution switches. I have these two environments, the core, and the switches. Sometimes they have other or alternative environments. It's a solution environment for the back office. That's how I use it.

Pros and Cons

  • "ProCurve is easy to configure and to know how to create each connection and configuration."
  • "Procurve would work better if it had more options like the web environment."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would give HPE ProCurve an eight.
Niranjan Oke
Project Delivery Manager at cineom broadcast ltd
Real User
Top 5
Apr 26, 2020
Easy to add ports, scale and setup, with good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We have designed a solution around it with our OEMs and we send it to our customers.

Pros and Cons

  • "For a customer, it is easy to configure and to add ports through the LAN the GUI."
  • "Customers do not prefer this to connect to multiple cities."

What other advice do I have?

I have experience with LAN switches, but my experience has more to do with video-based data. There are fewer restrictions. There is a question of bandwidth when it comes to designing a solution with switches that deal with storage device communication and editing systems. I have more to do with the broadcast IT solutions. My decisions are based on certified switches forwarded by OEMs. Our customers are not ready to accept anything that is not certified by OEM. As system integrators, we notify OEM of what solution we need to design and the number of machines or forwarding machines. We then…
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