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Real User
Head of Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 worked on the last two years. Most of the organizations who were going for Catalyst switches with Layer 2 options expected... 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 a well-known NGO, World Vision, in Bangladesh. They have around 84 locations all over the country, and they expected... 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 sure they really resulted in much power saving. But, it caused cross-vendor equipment trouble. For example, if I put... more»
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 built-in controller with the C650. And two-port is one of the premium factors from Cisco.... 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 show our edge to the customer. For example, if we are providing a switching solution, it's not... 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 up with a solution where you can put your own OS inside their switching infra. That is where... more»

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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 get more bandwidth and produce high-availability. The Stacking feature can also actually... 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 networking switches with many features that help eliminate the need for a more complex OSPF. They are... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see hosting multiple applications on the existing IOS.
Real User
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 26 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Primary Use Case We usually use it for connecting campus switches and to provide access switching to the customer, through which they connect their end-user or end devices like WiFi, CCTV, or IP phone. • Improvements to My Organization The features I mentioned definitely enhance the customer experience. • Valuable Features 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. • Room for Improvement For the access switch for distribution, I would like to see them support 100GB, 40GB. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues It is very, very stable. We have not faced any problems with our clients. There have been no complaints. These switches...
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 some new users on board, the usage is pretty fast and, in no... 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 back-end, if my server changes the IP address, I have to go... more»
Consultant
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 20 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Primary Use Case I was a Support Engineer with Cisco, I used to support customers who were using Cisco Catalyst features. • Valuable Features 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 Catalyst supports the use of external flash disks for storing of images and file systems. • Room for Improvement Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers. Also, some features, are very complex to configure. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues Catalyst is known for its stability, so there are not many challenges there. Of course, they do...
Real User
Lead Software QA / DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Stability. We have many Catalyst switches now, and they work without any downtime. We work with government companies and we can't allow the business to stand idle.

How has it helped my organization?

When we started deploying Cisco switches in our new office, we were able to deploy them very quickly. There were no problems at the configuration stage and this allowed us to start work as quickly as possible.

What needs improvement?

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.... more»
Real User
IT Admin at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Aug 29 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Primary Use Case LAN switch for both core and access layers. It has performed very well in this area. • Improvements to My Organization The ease of deployment and the support are associated with a reduction in end-user downtime as well as in the operations and maintenance efforts required. • Valuable Features Among the most valuable features are the support and the ecosystem. There is a lot of documentation and information, and many support resources are available. • Room for Improvement 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. • Stability Issues This is a very stable and mature platform with a proven record of reliability. • Scalability...
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