Cisco Ethernet Switches Pros and Cons

Cisco Ethernet Switches Pros

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reviewer1193922
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
One valuable feature is that you can string a number of switches together, and the fact that there are various methods to connect them, such as by stacking.
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ShehabAhmed
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
This is a great solution for network switching and security.
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Ivan Manchev
Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco Ethernet Switches are great devices.
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reviewer1363563
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The quality of service is one of the main reasons we use Cisco in our organization. It's quite high and very reliable. The switches also end up working for a long time, so there's less need to replace them as often as others. We have some switches in our company that has been running since 2006, for example. They are quite old, but they still work.
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Maurice Poor
Manager - Network Operating Center at BCN
What we love about the Cisco switches is that they are very reliable. You can deploy them and go to sleep, and you can be sure that nothing is going to go wrong. Our initial equipment was installed by a Chinese manufacturer named Fiberhome a couple of years ago. Their switches were called S engines. They worked, but some days, you just wake up, and the switch has popped up. It was a lot of crisis. Therefore, we are in the process of trying to take out all their switches and replace them with Cisco switches. We are getting good results in terms of reliability and even technical support.
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PinchasAlbalya
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
The layer-2 switching is very fast.
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Phillip Peerman
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network.
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Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product.
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Jim DeFilippis
CGO at TMS Consulting Inc
The most valuable aspect of the solution is the ability to manage the switches and the ability to have a certain level of familiarity with setting up and configuring the switches.
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Saad Aslam
Senior Information Technology Manager at FAP Marine Terminals Ltd
What I like the most is the performance and the latency that Cisco provides.
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Cisco Ethernet Switches Cons

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reviewer1193922
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Switches should be made stackable, even if they are not of the same model.
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ShehabAhmed
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
Technical support for integrations with other network products is insufficient and should be improved.
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Ivan Manchev
Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are less in the Cloud because the Cloud technologies didn't work so well. That happened in all of the companies where I've been engaged.
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reviewer1363563
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this.
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Maurice Poor
Manager - Network Operating Center at BCN
Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.
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PinchasAlbalya
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
I would like to see this solution automatically store multiple versions of the configuration file.
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Phillip Peerman
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The typical areas of concern for Cisco Ethernet Switches are not technical but cost including support costs. I’ve never liked the fact that end users cannot download security patches without a support contract. I’ve had trouble getting approval to renew Cisco support contracts due to the cost.
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Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The enterprise-level switches should have a simpler deployment. They should make it possible for lower-skilled workers to be able to deploy the product.
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Jim DeFilippis
CGO at TMS Consulting Inc
One thing we did have to work around is, on the broadcast side, we're reliant on the PTP protocol, precision time protocol, and the Cisco switches in general, don't support that.
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Saad Aslam
Senior Information Technology Manager at FAP Marine Terminals Ltd
The GUI is not that easy.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
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