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Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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»
Karan Dahima
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... 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... 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... 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»

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... more»

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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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.... 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»
Mohamed Alzaki
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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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... 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... 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»
Akshay Balaganur
Consultant
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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»
Mikhail Kozlov
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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be good if they added some machine learning which would allow us to abandon the rigid rules for processing... more»

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

Cisco's prices are not cheap, but the stability is worth it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Previously, we tried many different solutions but we had some trouble with stability and scalability.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product but the price is high, so I would rate it at eight out of 10. Overall, it's worth it. Cisco... more»
Fighting Falcon
Real User
IT Admin at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features are the support and the ecosystem. There is a lot of documentation and information, and many support resources... more»

How has it helped 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... more»

What needs 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Business requirements were the driver for our switch to Catalyst. We needed an increase in port density and an increase in port speed, among... more»

What other advice do I have?

Consider your business requirements and only select the needed functions/features, to avoid over-complex solutions. I rate Catalyst a nine out... more»
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