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Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Real User
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
Aug 19 2018

What is most valuable?

In my country, Catalysts are used mostly for simple distribution, not more than that. There were some other areas we've… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When we started working with a regular Catalyst, the 2060, we mostly had a VLAN-based network. But in 2015, I worked with… more»

What needs improvement?

Recently I have had a little hiccup working with Catalyst switches. They used a few power integration features but I'm not… more»

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

If you consider Cisco's price with the Dell, you will definitely lose with Cisco. But Cisco has a major area of equipment… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been using different switches side-by-side. There have been certain issues. There was one implementation where… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are considering going for a Dell or Cisco or Huawei, even certain other products out there, Dell has really good… more»
Anonymous User
Reseller
Presales Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 26 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With respect to the technology, when we talk about DNA and SDN as a whole concept, that is where, as a partner, our pitching point is, where we can… more»

What needs improvement?

One issue is that the competition is giving a lifetime warranty, whereas Cisco has a limited warranty on most of it. Also, Dell switching is coming… more»

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

Pricing is an issue I have been facing, in comparison with HPE or Juniper. The Nexus series is out of the question right now. Scalability is more… more»

What other advice do I have?

I will always tell you to go with Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series. That is the one to go with because you never know - any day, Cisco could make certain… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The new series has lots of great features; it's really lovely. From a management perspective, a policy creation… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I personally have never faced any kind of issues. The system is running very well and does what I need it to do. If there… more»

What needs improvement?

The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon. Some… more»

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

The pricing and licensing are fine. To be honest we have found that this tool is able to meet all of our expectations at… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In the past, we used a different solution but it was a long time ago and I really can't remember what it was.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I can say that the Cisco Catalyst Solution is a very stable product. Technical support is good from our… more»
Vasantharaju P
Real User
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Aug 26 2018

What is most valuable?

HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol) is one valuable feature. In the 3800 Series, we have the Stacking feature which enables combining switches to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco Catalyst is one of the most famous and popular devices for campus networks, widely used in most of the country. They are the preferred… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see hosting multiple applications on the existing IOS.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In most places, we were already using it, and we are continuing to use it. We could see the stability was better and it's quite easy to manage. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

The main thing is that Catalyst has been around for quite a long period. Cisco is one of the leaders in campus area networks, so investing in… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 26 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The features I mentioned definitely enhance the customer experience.

What needs improvement?

For the access switch for distribution, I would like to see them support 100GB, 40GB.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

If you compare Cisco with another vendor, they are far and away better, in terms of performance and the rich features. For me, in presales, the… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you need any support you can find it easily on their website, including documentation. You can reach out to Cisco's virtual team. Cisco gives… more»
Muklit Chopra
Consultant
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

Cisco is one of the most robust switches, it is easy to configure, and the documentation is pretty good. Once you install it, you never face an issue with that switch.

How has it helped my organization?

I've used other switches as well but, when configuring Catalyst, we are able to bring the network up in a very short time. If the company wants to extend the network or wants to get… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely have colleagues go for Cisco Catalyst. It's a pretty good product, stable, and reliable. Most important when selecting a vendor are that the connection should be… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
User at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 27 2018

What is most valuable?

VLAN gives us segregation.

How has it helped my organization?

As an access switch, it really hasn't made an improvement in our organization. Access switches are similar, in most cases. It's just and end-user… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

I would rate the features-to-pricing ratio at six out of 10. My advice about licensing is that you should have a perpetual license, not one that is… more»

What other advice do I have?

The most important thing I can say is that Cisco is using a proprietary protocol, so you should design your network accordingly so that you don't… more»
Akshay Balaganur
Consultant
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
Aug 20 2018

What is most valuable?

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 they have a lot of information. And Cisco… more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers. Also, some features, are very complex to… more»

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

Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side. But I am not involved in the commercial part.

What other advice do I have?

I would give this solution an eight out of 10. To get to a 10, it should become more open-source friendly, more customizable, easy to configure, and less complex in terms of the… more»
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