Cisco Catalyst Switches Room for Improvement

Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
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 some sort of equipment other than Cisco in a Cisco network, where the energy is marked as an option for Catalyst, sometimes I end up with a link breakage situation. This is because Cisco can understand its own structural power dependency and optimization, but it cannot understand the power optimization for other vendors' equipment. I had a really tough time managing the networks. Also, Cisco has been introducing some software options in Layer 3 switches. I don't find that to be important so far, when there are have SDN options all over the world now. Certain switches are even leaving that out of the licensing option, and they are providing you embedded options so that you can actually use open-source SDNs. I don't believe that this is a good option, that Cisco is actually keeping so many licensing options for Catalyst. That is my opinion on the Catalyst 9000 series. View full review »
Presales Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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 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 is room for improvement so we can talk about open networking. Cisco should also come up with open networking access. View full review »
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The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon. Some additional features that should be included in the next release could include the ability to create real integration, standard policy pushing, and optimizations. View full review »
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Vasantharaju P
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
I would like to see hosting multiple applications on the existing IOS. View full review »
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For the access switch for distribution, I would like to see them support 100GB, 40GB. View full review »
Muklit Chopra
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Nelson Gonzalez
Assistant Information Technology Director with 501-1,000 employees
Licensing is somewhat expensive and should be improved. Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment. They have done some good by providing low-cost multiyear DNA center licenses with the purchases and have increased the number of benefits provided with the HW warranty, but must still work on lowering smart-net cost. View full review »
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. It might also help if they integrated their security products with the switches. View full review »
Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers. Also, some features, are very complex to configure. View full review »
Mikhail Kozlov
Lead Software QA / DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider
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. Soon, we plan to migrate to the cloud infrastructure. It would be good if the Cisco switches worked quickly in the cloud, like their hardware devices. Ideally, they would be like OVS-DPDK, but they would work out-of-the-box. View full review »
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The newer models are not so stable. Other products like 6800, 3750, were stable but starting from 3850 it got worse. We have a lot of issues and a lot of bugs. It's a new product so it's understandable but it should be improved. View full review »
Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez
Network Security Coordinator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have found no major drawbacks in the Catalyst platforms. The price is high, but for seemingly the best LAN switching platform available, coupled with Cisco's excellent support, the price doesn't seem to be too much. View full review »
Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
They should make it more affordable, improve the cost, manageability, and central management. I would like to see a cloud-managed feature. View full review »
Fighting Falcon
IT Admin at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Project Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of additional features or improvements, I would like to see more fiber ports, more security features, and perhaps the integration of wireless features into the switch. View full review »
Network Engeneer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It should have better security and the prices can always be lower. The cheaper the price, the better but if the quality is good, it's worth it. They also have to improve the firewalling. SP access should be included in the next release. View full review »
Chief Deputy Quality Audit
The prices are high. It's more expensive than other similar options. I would like for them to include more cloud options in the next release and a smaller router. View full review »
Md. Shahriar Hussain
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
They should make so that they let users know five to ten minutes before productivity is restored in the case of power loss. View full review »
Lucio Lopez
IT Consultant
My dream is to have the netflow in the port, for the administration and the utilization of user traffic, similar to the Meraki. View full review »
Melvin Khor
Senior Technical Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Services should be improved. * The delivery of the product lead time should be improved as well. View full review »
William DeRienzo
Owner, Engineer, Consultant, Contractor at a tech consulting company with self employed
The price is high and it should be improved. View full review »
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