Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros and Cons

Cisco Catalyst Switches Pros

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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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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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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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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reviewer980556
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 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 Wipro Technologies
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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Nelson Gonzalez
Assistant Information Technology Director at City of Coral Gables
The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.
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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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Cisco Catalyst Switches Cons

Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Head of Technology at BDPEER 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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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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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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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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Tomislav Stanojevic
Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom
Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive.
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reviewer980556
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 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 Wipro Technologies
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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Nelson Gonzalez
Assistant Information Technology Director at City of Coral Gables
Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.
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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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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Catalyst Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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