Cisco Catalyst Switches Room for Improvement

System Administrator at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
One thing I think should be improved is that billing should be customizable for end-user. If the customer wants a particular feature or upgrade or does not want the feature or upgrade, it should be their choice. If the user rejects the additional services those should be cut off from the pricing and not forced on the billing. Instead, they just include these things and the end-user has no choice. That is a concern for end-users who are trying to be cost-conscious and know what they need — and what they do not need — in their environment. View full review »
Vajahat Ali
Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading
Most of the time, I struggle with the bugs. I don't find it very challenging to configure these because I have been using them for the last eight years, so I am pretty comfortable with the CLI. With these bugs, I don't know the configuration for a one time task, you configure it, you deploy it, and you forget about it. The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS. We also had an issue with Nexus 3548. The CPU started stalling and the switch became unresponsive. We had to call support and have someone remove that cable immediately, as we are not able to travel due to the COVID situation. Once the cable was removed, the switch came back to life. I searched through the log and learned what happened. The CPU was stalled for 11 seconds. I searched Google and on the Cisco bug tracker, and I found that it was a bug. There is no workaround for that. It was a huge loss for us and we lost money as a result. There was nothing that I could have done to prevent this from happening. This is a management interface that is supposed to be used to manage the device. I connected the cable not knowing that the bug existed. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech
The user interface needs improvement. It might make them a bit more user friendly. The one thing that I came across with the Catalyst 2950-X switch was that I wanted to alter the dashboard, so I connected it to the management interface. I gave it an IP address and I used the browser. However, as soon as I accessed it, I realized that the system of the computer from which I was accessing it didn't support that version. I was using Linux and the OS didn't support the switch. I had to get a Windows computer to access the switch. The dashboard was difficult to manage. It would have been nice if they made it obvious that it didn't work on Linux. View full review »
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IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Cisco switches are really expensive compared to other solutions, which is something that should be improved. They are almost double in price. As of late, Cisco has been moving from one technology to the next and they don't support each other. If you want new features then you have to buy a new product and forget about the old one. This is from a licensing perspective. For example, the Cisco DNA license versus then Cisco One license are things that I don't know about. I would like to see better compatibility between Cisco and other vendors. There are a lot of features that are for Cisco devices only, and when you bring in a second or third vendor there are a lot of problems. Fixing this incompatibility would be an improvement. I have not tried a lot of other brands, but I have connected both Huawei and Aruba Wireless with Cisco. Connecting Huawei with Aruba Wireless works well with no hangs. However, connecting Cisco and Huawei is terrible. Sometimes you have to restart one, whereas other times you have to restart the other. I do not recommend mixing equipment between these two companies. View full review »
Tomislav Stanojevic
Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom
Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive. There's something at Cisco called a console that is used for basic configuration and everything and I think that they excluded a normal USB. Instead of that micro USB they should put in the normal one. It would make things a bit easier. View full review »
JohnVan Dijk
Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales
Its initial setup can be simpler, and it would be great if we can work with a reference architecture. Cisco has the capability to provide a very integrated solution. They have DNA Center, Cisco ISE, Cisco Prime, FMC, and AMP. We are looking at all the products, but it is rather complex to pick out the right licenses that you need. The license structure is a bit complex. Sometimes, there is an overlap in products, which does not really make sense. For example, you have DNA Center and Cisco Prime, and it is not really clear what you would use for what exactly. There is a lot of information on the Cisco website, but it takes a while to go through all this and look at the presentations that are available from Cisco Live. These presentations are appreciated, but sometimes, they are a bit too much like bullet points. You don't exactly know what's behind it, so you have to do a second guess. Overall, there is a lot of information but not always to the point. View full review »
Tanvir Hasan
Product Manager at GBPL
There are several versions of Catalyst, and yet, they are quite similar. If, in the simplest one, they could create a Catalyst segment where all the possibilities like QSFP, SFP, 10G, that would be ideal. MikroTik, a Latvian company, has that as an option. They include 1G and 10G and QSFP all in one switch. Cisco, however, divides it into several switches across these features. Cisco is likely doing it to make money. However, clients sometimes don't want to pay more for the switches and they ignore Cisco and grab other brands like MikroTik. As distributors, it makes it hard to sell Cisco when features come at such a high price. Another issue is the restrictions on the product. Cisco applies restrictions in relation to renewals on a yearly basis. Many other brands don't have restrictions. If Cisco lifted them, they wouldn't lose so many clients to competitors. 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 »
Founder at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
There aren't any features that are missing. It's quite a good solution. There are two different families, the older family is not programmable. The newer family is programmable and everything is there, so for now, most of the improvement is in the capacity and the speed and other items. They could use more layer trees or VXLAN. Any modern setup which uses the SD axis and other features would benefit from this. It would definitely be more stable as we could remove all spanning trees. It's already technically there in Catalyst 9K. Any improvements that they make should be in the wireless area of the product. We could see more 100 GB interfaces and higher speeds in the future. The access levels could be improved. View full review »
Information Technology & Audio Visual Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see better efficiency. They are powering all the PoE ports 100% of the time instead of powering only when there is a draw on them. It has too many options. Therefore, there is a reasonably high barrier to entry in terms of learning about this stuff. A lot of times, you need to be a CCNA, which is like your ticket into the industry, but it is not the easiest thing to get. View full review »
Nelson Gonzalez
Assistant Information Technology Director at City of Coral Gables
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 »
CISO at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco can definitely improve the training part. They can provide more training related to configuration. View full review »
Manager, Information Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It can have more security features to secure the access layer. View full review »
Manager Customer Engineering South (Presales) at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
With their constant innovation and investment in R&D, there isn't really very much the solution isn't lacking or building upon in terms of features. The pricing could be better. View full review »
Ermal Galo
Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Their price should be cheaper. We lose a lot of work because of the price that they have. 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 »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
We are not working off the latest version so the switches on the product are very old and that could be improved. The one gig boards are strictly one gig and not backward compatible. This switch also does not have power over ethernet, so that's old. I'd like to see a better web interface. I can't tell you what the existing generations have so I'm sure there have been improvements. These are so old and I'm sure modern switches now have much better tools to interface with them. View full review »
Gervasio Alferes Caetano
Science Technician at Assembleia da Republica
In the next release, they should lower the price. It's too expensive. They should also have a graphic interface for the switches too without the command line. View full review »
Head of Project Management at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
We'd like Cisco to integrate better with other solutions, including their own. 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 »
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 »
Network and Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Reducing the price would be an improvement. View full review »
Lange Wu
I would like to see support for one-touch provisioning. By use zero touch provision , We do need a lot of config for system boot and other, That should be improved. View full review »
Researcher at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Its price can be improved. It is currently expensive. View full review »
Isdore Chukwu
IT & Software Manager at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
In the future, I would like to see better security for this product. View full review »
William DeRienzo
User at Thomson DeRienzo Engineering
The price is high and it should be improved. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Catalyst Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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