Cisco Ethernet Switches Primary Use Case

reviewer1193922
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
I have been using the newest line of Cisco switches, the 9300 series, for two or three years. We have two different models for deployment. One is the SDN deployment model, which has to do with Software-Defined Networking and is the more recent. The other is the traditional three-tier, via core access aggregation layer five switches with an Independent Architecture Designed environment or access layer switches where you just use them to connect users to a specific service. It depends on what the nature of the work would be and the scope of work. But generally, most traditional networks have three layers. You have switches in a core of the network, switches in the distribution or aggregation layer, or switches in the access layer. This is the Three-tier module. If it is a collapsed core then it would be just simply the core and the access. A primary use case is you could use it to connect mostly end-users and host systems. Systems could be servers, systems could be printers, systems could be telephones, and systems could be video conferencing equipment. That's one end use of it. Another is the use in the data center. Ethernet Switches can be used in a data center out to provide connectivity, wired connectivity for servers, database systems, platforms, other platforms systems, and storage systems. With Ethernet you could have different speeds, so you can have Ethernet running at 1Gig, you can have Ethernet at 10Gig, you can have Ethernet at 40Gig, and you have Ethernet at 100Gig. So, depending on the nature of connectivity, you have that in the data center, you can have that also in an office environment. Then you go up to have it in industrial space, monitoring of industrial machines and control systems. So again, Ethernet is widely used. View full review »
ShehabAhmed
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
We use Cisco as a business switch on a small network of about 30 users. We use it for internet sharing, as centralized management for the network and active directories, as a domain controller, and for file sharing. View full review »
reviewer1363563
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a few different buildings within our premises, and we typically use the Cisco switches as the core backbone of our LAN. They are connected with fiber. We use them for our network to handle security and connectivity mainly. Our core business is to sell beverages, so we're not your typical telecom or banking institution that would be a typical Cisco client. View full review »
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PinchasAlbalya
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
We use this solution for our university campus network. View full review »
Phillip Peerman
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Cisco Ethernet Switches are the product line I have the most experience with and have been my go-to solution for many years with mid to large organizations over the years. They are still top contenders for environments that need layer 3 functionality in a switch. They have a product line that covers the entire spectrum of switching technology from the high-end Nexus products through the traditional enterprise catalyst models and all the way down to the small business solutions. They seem to have the market covered with a solution to meet any IT shop's needs. View full review »
Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We primarily use the solution for data centers and also for local area networks for enterprises. View full review »
reviewer946554
Head Of Information & Communication Technology at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
We use these switches in our data center core to handle all of the converged networks. They handle our SAN servers as well as other components. The outer perimeter is handled by the Cisco 2960s, for distribution of traffic to endpoint clients. View full review »
Peter Van Loon
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
We primarily use this solution to connect networks and devices. View full review »
CornelCristea
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
We primarily use the solution for access aggregation and IP routing. View full review »
Guido-Steusel
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use this solution to connect our computers. View full review »
Silju Pillai
Co-Founder, Architect at Espina IT
We are system integrators. We deal with Cisco solutions for our customers in data centers, enterprise networks, and Service Cloud networks. View full review »
Charan Rana
IT Manager at Waaree Energies Ltd
Cisco Ethernet Switches are being used as part of our new data centers. View full review »
LoicFraison
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We primarily use the solution for infrastructure. View full review »
reviewer929688
Owner with self employed
Our clients use this solution for monitoring and configuration purposes. The deployment model varies from client to client. View full review »
Mohamed Y Ahmed
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
The primary use case is for LAN networking. This solution is also used for internet routing in small businesses. The deployment model we used was on-premises. View full review »
Ender Kefoglu
Partner / Owner at bimel
The primary use case of this solution is for connectivity of local network LAN switching. The deployment model is on-premises. View full review »
reviewer1083660
Technical Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
We are a solution provider and Cisco Ethernet Switches are one of the products that we implement for our customers. We also use them internally, and they make up the backbone of our network. View full review »
reviewer1196946
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We are a solution provider and the Cisco Ethernet Switch is a network infrastructure product that we implement for our clients. The use case depends on their requirements but it is used for network access. We also use them for our network. View full review »
ChristianPapageorgopoulos
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We primarily use the solution on our equipment. View full review »
reviewer1386447
Member of Technical Staff at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
connect our servers View full review »
reviewer955029
CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
We use it for the local area network. View full review »
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