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Muklit Chopra
Consultant
Technical Specialist at Wipro Technologies
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 time, it gets moving. For other switches, it might take… 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 in manually and change the IP address. If the capability… 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 stable, it should have good support, and it should not be really complex to configure. I would rate Cisco Catalyst at… more »
Lucio Lopez
Real User
IT Consultant at L&M Alpha Solutions
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The main valuable features for me are * the ease of configuration * CLI * GUI.

How has it helped my organization?

Catalyst functions as a core and the main benefit for us is the performance, having multiple users.

What needs improvement?

My dream is to have the netflow in the port, for the administration and the utilization of user traffic, similar to the Meraki.

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

Catalyst is very expensive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We chose Catalyst because we are looking to the future. When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria for me are the post-sale support as well as the price.

What other advice do I have?

The configuration is simple and the support is good. The equipment for networking is the best for an organization. It's working very well. I rate Catalyst at 10 out of 10… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For our company, Cisco's competition was Aruba.
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Fighting Falcon
Real User
IT Admin at UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization
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 are available.

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 required.

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 disrupting end-users.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Business requirements were the driver for our switch to Catalyst. We needed an increase in port density and an increase in port speed, among other things. The most important criterion when selecting a… 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 of 10 because the product is extremely mature and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, Dell.
Consultant
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 feature set.

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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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 most important criteria when selecting a vendor are that… 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 any type of support needed to their partners. I give… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE comes into the picture because they have a wireless product. It's a good product. We definitely propose their switches.
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 get more bandwidth and produce high-availability. The… 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… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see hosting multiple applications on the existing IOS.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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. We are also used to it. In addition, we're able to get… 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 Catalysts, given that they are reliable, is safe. My most… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Another candidate would be Juniper switches.
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… 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 »

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 an issue on the pricing side and less on the technology side.

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 certain devices or certain components of a switch end-of-life. That is always a concern for our… more »
Real User
Project Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are that they are quite robust, they hardly ever fail.

How has it helped my organization?

The greatest benefit for our organization is that our Cisco Catalysts are quite reliable. We can depend on them.

What needs improvement?

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have always used Cisco. I think it is the most reliable solution on the market. When selecting a vendor, for me the most important criteria are * the competency of their engineering staff * their product knowledge.

What other advice do I have?

Do a comparison with other brands and look at their features. The main Cisco Catalyst features are that it is scalable and reliable. These are two things you should look into when doing your comparison. I would rate Cisco Catalyst at eight… more »
Akshay Balaganur
Consultant
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
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 Catalyst supports the use of external flash disks for storing… 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 configure.

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 licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are a lot of options when it comes to switching products. Brocade offers good switches, HPE offers a very affordable set of switches. But the purchase decision depends on a lot of factors. Primarily, Cisco provides an end-to-end… more »
Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Real User
Head of Technology at BDPEER Ltd.
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… 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… 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… 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 equipment in general. Cisco has routers, firewalls, NAC… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have been using different switches side-by-side. There have been certain issues. There was one implementation where Cisco was awarded up to the firewall and Dell was… 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 performance, and Huawei is also doing really well… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used Cisco side-by-side with Dell and Maipu, and I found that Cisco is good. But if you compare Cisco's performance with these two, you will find that Dell and… more »
Shun Hiyama
Real User
Network Engineer at NHN Techorus Corp
Aug 08 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

What is our primary use case?

AWS Direct Connect.

What is most valuable?

BGP Familiar CLI We have used BGP over IPSec to AWS but there were problems with bandwidth. I migrated to the Catalyst C3850 because AWS Direct Connect doesn't need IPSec. We have to use the QoS (CBWFQ) function. I understand the function of QoS and it is easy to use.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is average.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy.

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

The pricing could be better.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest looking into the Cisco…
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 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… 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 traffic priorities and, at the same time, save money… more »

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

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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 switches have rich functionality.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried many vendors including D-Link, HPE, and some cheaper vendors.
Jerome Razonable
User
IT Infrastructure Administrator at Concepcion Business Services Inc
Jun 13 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is LAN and WAN links for our enterprise network.  Cisco Catalyst is used to connect all our WAN links to a central data center. 

How has it helped my organization?

Low maintenance and very stable; not much of a problem.  It helps keep our network connections in a healthy state. 

What is most valuable?

VLAN Routing capabilities and security features  It can easily be enabled and used as need dictates. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

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

It has a very high cost, but understandably, due to its very good quality. This is the reason why some customers opt to buy cheaper brands with same/similar features.
Consultant
Senior Technical Sales Engineer at Ingram Micro Inc.
Apr 16 2018

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

What is our primary use case?

Switching environments, as part of a LAN management solution, where the customer needs to build, operate, and maintain Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks for internal use.

How has it helped my organization?

It uses many protocols to ease operations, such as CDP and the interoperability of other Cisco products.

What is most valuable?

Perpetual POE is a valuable feature, because when the switch reboots, access points do not. This helps minimize infrastructure downtime and impacts internals.

What needs improvement?

Services should be improved. The delivery of the product lead time should be improved as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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

The price should…
Real User
Head of Development at a tech vendor
Feb 11 2018

What is most valuable?

* Flexible deployment: We can add new network segments without hard work. * Stability: If we lose some network connections, the system automatically creates new connections between equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

Network has increased stability, security, and usability. Cisco Catalyst has the ability to create new services for users, such as IP phones and video conference. We decreased budgets on the support corporate network and increased user satisfaction.

What needs improvement?

* Cloud services * Machine learning futures * Virtual reality futures * More IoT equipment * Mobile software
Vendor
Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features, to me, are CDP, VTP, ACLs, and routing.

How has it helped my organization?

These products help me dissect my network based on the users within a particular location. They've also provided me the capability to separate network traffic as… more »

What needs improvement?

As a user, I would like to see the Layer 2 Switches to have NBAR capabilities as well. It would be nice if the new ISRs have firewall capabilities as well.

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

Get the best that your money can buy. Don't ever sacrifice performance, it will stab you in the back if you do.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used D-Link Switches (which was a pain) due to the budget constraints. I switched because Cisco was the best option at the time compared to D-Link.

What other advice do I have?

Real-world scenarios will always surprise you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco was the best and only option that I considered.
Consultant
Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 21 2016

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Valuable Features:

This is the Enterprise Class Switch platform. Technically it supports most deployment scenarios and things that you never know that it supports.  The hardware is the most reliable, I saw some Catalyst in hot and dusty racks, working hard and with no issues from a lot of years.  Great switching solution from Cisco!

Improvements to My Organization:

It's resolved most of our customer communication needs.

Room for Improvement:

It can be a little more cheaper.

Deployment Issues:

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues:

We've had no issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

We've had no issues with scalability.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

It's quite pricey.
Consultant
Director of Technical Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 20 2016

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst Switches?

What is most valuable?

Security Configuration

What needs improvement?

At first glance this switch looks exactly like the an Ethernet switch, I would recommend that there be verbage in the documentation on exactly what gbit connectors are required.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it for eight years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There have been no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has never been an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've had no issues scaling it for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's great. Technical Support: It's great.

Which solution did I use previously and

Vendor
Customer Experience Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 17 2015

What is most valuable?

* Stackable module * Hot-swappable inventory

How has it helped my organization?

* Easier to design and manage a network by enabling reuse * Ability migrate to multiple sites

What needs improvement?

Deliverability speed of the Terminal Access Controller.

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

Licensing is one of the major areas of confusion for a person with a technical if they gain the verification from Cisco website.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched because we had weak tech support, especially for the PoE product.

What other advice do I have?

Ensure you select the right license, power supply and other components to install the switch into the rack.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell options.
Vendor
Network Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 14 2013

What is most valuable?

1. Cisco 2960 catalysts switch has lots of security features (Port Security, block DHCP snooping, VLAN). 2. I can create a stack with multiple Cisco 2960 switch which improve availability 3. I can create a port channel by merging multiple port of multiple switches which help me transfer large amounts of data traffic between serveres and it also increases reliability if one switch port becomes… more »

What needs improvement?

1. It does not provide any expansion slots so I cannot increase the number of ports. 2. If most of the switch ports get damaged than you have to replace the whole switch.

What other advice do I have?

It is a nice product for enterprises and small businesses. It is a small switch with a lot of features.

What is Cisco Catalyst Switches?

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