Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros and Cons

Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros

RK
reviewer1155498
System Administrator at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
The ability to configure throughput is very flexible and improved the performance of our systems.
The availability of resources for learning about the product and doing evaluation of any issues is excellent.
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VA
Vajahat Ali
Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading
They have a robust monitoring system.
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OSSENI Adé Adam
Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech
We have dealt with Cisco's technical support in the past. They were especially helpful and very polite. They are always there if we need them and their insights are always excellent. I would say that we have been satisfied with the level of support we've gotten so far.
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AA
reviewer1331349
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers.
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XS
reviewer1548180
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The quality of a Cisco switch is very high. They are extremely stable.
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Aws Al-Dabbagh
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Technical support is very responsive and helpful.
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Tomislav Stanojevic
Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom
In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient.
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JohnVan Dijk
Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales
It is a pretty good product. I don't see a problem with this product. Cisco Catalyst Switches fit the best for the type of systems that we deploy. Our customers usually are happy with Cisco equipment. Many partners and third parties have ordered this solution.
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MR
reviewer1238931
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The scalability is excellent.
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TH
Tanvir Hasan
Product Manager at GBPL
Mostly the LAN switching is the most valuable aspect of the solution.
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Cisco Catalyst Switches Cons

RK
reviewer1155498
System Administrator at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cisco forces end-users to accept billing for some capabilities or services that they may not want.
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VA
Vajahat Ali
Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading
The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS.
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OSSENI Adé Adam
Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech
The user interface needs improvement. Meraki has a much nicer UI. Cisco could learn a lot by looking at them. It might make them a bit more user friendly.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Catalyst Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
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AA
reviewer1331349
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
I would like to see better compatibility between Cisco and other vendors.
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XS
reviewer1548180
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco should work to lower its costs. It's quite expensive right now.
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Aws Al-Dabbagh
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Pricing mainly is the only issue.
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Tomislav Stanojevic
Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom
Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive.
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JohnVan Dijk
Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales
Its initial setup can be simpler, and it would be great if we can work with a reference architecture. Cisco has the capability to provide a very integrated solution. They have DNA Center, Cisco ISE, Cisco Prime, FMC, and AMP. We are looking at all the products, but it is rather complex to pick out the right licenses that you need. The license structure is a bit complex. Sometimes, there is an overlap in products, which does not really make sense. For example, you have DNA Center and Cisco Prime, and it is not really clear what you would use for what exactly. There is a lot of information on the Cisco website, but it takes a while to go through all this and look at the presentations that are available from Cisco Live. These presentations are appreciated, but sometimes, they are a bit too much like bullet points. You don't exactly know what's behind it, so you have to do a second guess. Overall, there is a lot of information but not always to the point.
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MR
reviewer1238931
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The configuration process is hard.
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Tanvir Hasan
Product Manager at GBPL
Cisco applies restrictions in relation to renewals on a yearly basis. Many other brands don't have restrictions. If Cisco lifted them, they wouldn't lose so many clients to competitors.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Catalyst Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
509,820 professionals have used our research since 2012.