Cisco Catalyst Switches Valuable Features

System Administrator at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
The volume possible with the throughput is the feature that is most valuable to us. It helps to get things done. For example, we can program the logic and can get more details through the SDM (Service Desk Management) to deliver a better level of support to users. The solution is good but the support from Cisco makes it that much better. Even the task of logging into the system is really good. All those things together boost the end user's confidence in the product and performance. View full review »
Vajahat Ali
Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading
Cisco has a well-maintained library of maps and features that we use to monitor. One of the most valuable features is the IP SLA feature that allows you to connect the routes or to switch the routes when there is static. Also, the flow exporter tells you which host is using a lot of traffic or where they all are transferring data. It gives you transparency into your network. It supports multicast routing. We use Ganglia to monitor the Condor Grid. Ganglia transmits statistics that are multicast. Because it has multicast forwarding routing capabilities, it is also usable. IP SLA or NetFlow are things that are presented in Catalyst and are extremely easy to use. It also supports QoS. Basically, it can configure layer 2 or layer 3 QoS to prioritize the traffic that we want. They have a robust monitoring system. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech
Catalyst switches support a variety of features from both layer 2 and layer 3. The fetaures supported depend on the model your dealing with. Though there are various common features such VLAN, MLAG, SDM, STP, Resiliency, PoE, Wireless settings, etc....which Stacking feature happens to be the most common deployment. Recently I laid hands on Meraki Switches and what I can say to love is its seamless network services to build high-performance networks. View full review »
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IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers. HP engineers are difficult to find and you have to train them, which brings up the price of an HP solution. View full review »
Tomislav Stanojevic
Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom
The switches are the easiest to deploy and maintain out of other competitors. In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient. Cisco offers many ranges of switches and you'd know exactly if you were buying an access switch or a core switch distribution. They are definitely among the top companies. They just know how to predict things and what will evolve in the following years. View full review »
JohnVan Dijk
Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales
It is a pretty good product. I don't see a problem with this product. Cisco Catalyst Switches fit the best for the type of systems that we deploy. Our customers usually are happy with Cisco equipment. Many partners and third parties have ordered this solution. View full review »
Tanvir Hasan
Product Manager at GBPL
Mostly the LAN switching is the most valuable aspect of the solution. Clients often do not emphasize specifications of Catalyst features. They just need a switch for an office LAN and other segments. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The new series has lots of great features; it's really lovely. From a management perspective, a policy creation perspective, and a utility perspective; the functionality we are seeing in the Catalyst 9000 series is great. View full review »
Founder at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
The solution is fairly simple to use. We're able to use L2 switches with this product. We are using normal VLANS plus spanning trees. The installation is very straightforward. The overall functionality is very good. The solution is already at the cutting edge in terms of innovation. View full review »
Information Technology & Audio Visual Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
The PoE capability of Catalyst Switches is great for using WAPs and other PoE equipment, such as security cameras. View full review »
Nelson Gonzalez
Assistant Information Technology Director at City of Coral Gables
The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching. We rely on heavy segmentation to secure and isolate several business units. The dynamic routing capabilities are excellent. View full review »
CISO at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
There is a lot of improvement in the network segment after replacing the older switches. I have not seen any kind of issue with these switches since deployment. They are pretty much stable. View full review »
Manager, Information Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
All features are very strong. It is very easy to manage. It is also certified and popular. Cisco has come up with a new management console to manage the switches. I still haven't tried it, but in my opinion, this is the best way forward. You can use software to manage the switches instead of the common line configuration. You can manage it through software, which is very easy. View full review »
Manager Customer Engineering South (Presales) at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of the switches, the uptime and the robustness of the hardware are the most valuable aspects. Cisco devices are quite good. They do not fail specially the Catalyst Switches. The solution offers quite a robust infrastructure, hardware-wise. Cisco provides very good support services. Cisco is improving and investing in R&D right now. They are investing a lot in research, and keep improving their products. For example, they have recently launched the SDA, SDWAN, ACI etc. Software Defined-Solutions, in which you can automate your operations and enhance your operations, and avoid manual stuff. View full review »
Ermal Galo
Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
These switches are very stable. We haven't had any problems. We also have some old switches that are working for almost ten years. View full review »
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The stability is the most valuable feature. We have some outages but it's 95% stable. View full review »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
I like the expandability of the solution. I have a pair of 6509 catalyst switches and they use the add on boards. I also like the dual power supplies. View full review »
Gervasio Alferes Caetano
Science Technician at Assembleia da Republica
The most valuable feature is the interface, it's easy to configure. The command line uses a switch that gives us security. View full review »
Head of Project Management at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
The solution's most valuable aspect is the management. Our clients really trust the brand. The quality of the product is excellent. It offers great performance. View full review »
Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
The ease of use is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Network Engeneer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Cisco support is one of the most valuable features. If you have any problem you can find a lot of information online. If it's a really bad situation, you can have a technician help you. View full review »
Chief Deputy Quality Audit
The stability and Cisco's support are the most valuable features. View full review »
Md. Shahriar Hussain
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's easy to use and easy to configure. It's easy to provision and plan ahead. View full review »
Network and Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of configuring a switch. It gives you a lot of control. The community support is good. I am satisfied with the documentation that is provided by Cisco. View full review »
Lange Wu
Catalyst switches are easy to use and simple to work with. View full review »
Researcher at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is a stable and good product. It is also easy to install. View full review »
William DeRienzo
User at Thomson DeRienzo Engineering
They don't ever fail and they have a long service life. 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.
455,301 professionals have used our research since 2012.