Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros and Cons

Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros

Presal0875
Presales Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
If we are providing a switching solution, it's not just switching, it's a whole solution with DNA. That is where the whole concept of Network Management and Network Assurance comes in. So Catalyst plays a big role in putting everything together and providing a whole solution to the customer.
One good feature is UPOE. Another is having a built-in controller, the customer doesn't have to ask for another controller. For example, you get a built-in controller with the C650. And two-port is one of the premium factors from Cisco.
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Netwk0986
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The new series has lots of great features, it's really lovely. From a management perspective, or a policy creation perspective, which we are seeing in the Catalyst 9000 series it is great.
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it_user617499
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the Stacking and the capacity of the switches because they have more throughput. Layer 2 is also part of its rich feature set.
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Muklit Chopra
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most important features are that Cisco is one of the most robust switches, it is easy to configure, and the documentation is pretty good.
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it_user408189
User at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
VLAN gives us segregation.
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Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
A good feature of Cisco Catalyst is that it records crash log files which can be used to literally identify the cause of a crash because there is a lot of information. And Cisco Catalyst supports the use of external flash disks for storing of images and file systems.
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Mikhail Kozlov
Lead Software QA / DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider
Stability. We have many Catalyst switches now, and they work without any downtime.
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NetworkEb6ab
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It has become easier for us to troubleshoot and find issues faster in the management software for the switches. It saves us troubleshooting time because if the network is down it has a big impact on production.
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Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez
Network Security Coordinator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The 802.1X port security and other security features work well and help keep the network secure.
The CLI is pretty much the same across all switching and routing platforms from Cisco, making deployment of new switches, replacement of damaged equipment, or upgrades to newer platforms very easy.
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Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
Their technical support is good, one of the best in the industry.
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Cisco Catalyst Switches Cons

Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
I have had a little hiccup working with Catalyst switches. They used a few power integration features but I'm not sure they really resulted in much power saving. But, it caused cross-vendor equipment trouble.
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Presal0875
Presales Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Dell switching is coming up with a solution where you can put your own OS inside their switching infra. That is where they are talking about open networking. We can show that our Cisco is also an open-source. We are open to different switching operating systems if the customer is willing to put it in. We can support multiple operating systems inside the switching infrastructure. It removes the hardware and software dependency on each other. That is where I think there can be room for improvement. Then we can talk about open networking and that is where Cisco can also come up with open networking access.
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Netwk0986
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon.
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Muklit Chopra
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One feature that I would like to add is for the following: At times, when I add an access-list for a hostname, it doesn't actually add the hostname, it adds the IP address. So in the back-end, if my server changes the IP address I have to go in manually and change the IP address. If the capability was there in Cisco to add a hostname instead of the IP address that would be really good.
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it_user408189
User at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cisco should focus more on this type of product instead of on data center switches. They stopped improving the software of these switches and they are focusing on the data center. They should focus on this type of product, more than any other thing.
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Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers.
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Mikhail Kozlov
Lead Software QA / DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider
It would be good if they added some machine learning which would allow us to abandon the rigid rules for processing traffic priorities and, at the same time, save money, because equipment with similar logic (like DPI) is much more expensive.
Soon, we plan to migrate to the cloud infrastructure. It would be good if the Cisco switches worked quickly in the cloud, like their hardware devices. Ideally, they would be like OVS-DPDK, but they would work out-of-the-box.
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NetworkEb6ab
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The newer models are not so stable. Other products like 6800, 3750, were stable but starting from 3850 it got worse. We have a lot of issues and a lot of bugs. It's a new product so it's understandable but it should be improved.
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Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.
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Fighting Falcon
IT Admin at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
It would be helpful to have the ability to load new IOS software without performing a reboot or to be able to perform the reboot without disrupting end-users.
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