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ShehabAhmed
Real User
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of this solution for us VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network), MAC authentication and security.

How has it helped my organization?

This product provides us with stable security and configurable VLAN management.

What needs improvement?

For Cisco, the interface between fiscal small business switches and the Cisco Catalyst or Enterprise switch is a little bit different. So, I needed to take some time to… more»

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

It is certainly not the least expensive product for switching, but I think it is the best and if you have the budget it is worth it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

As I moved around between three or four companies to get better jobs and positions, all of them were using Cisco. In some places, we were using HP ProCurve switches… more»

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is the better solution if someone is considering it and they are willing to pay for it. The product is expensive to buy. In my current position, the budget is not a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated other options by my previous experience, so, in a way, we did evaluate other choices, but I had already made up my mind because of what I knew.
Real User
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

What I like most about this product is redundancy like Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) or resilience protocol so the datacenter continues to function when there is some level of failure.

What needs improvement?

What I would improve in this product is simulation. You can simulate switches, but you cannot really simulate industrial Cisco switches. The ability to use industrial switches is missing and I would… more»

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

The pricing varies widely depending on the support contract term and the type and number of the devices. The product is on the expensive side.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously we used solutions from HP, MicroTech, and Dell. You name a popular product and we have some familiarity with it. We chose Cisco because we believe it is the best option.

What other advice do I have?

Advice that I would give companies considering this solution is that you need to do your research, find the correct model for your needs and size the deployment correctly. If you don't think first you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options through our past experiences.
CornelCristea
Real User
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Oct 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The queue functionality is the solution's most valuable feature, specifically because we are delivering a lot of Layer 2 services. Layer 2 protocol tunnels work well on Cisco switches.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to work on lowering the amount of bugs. We find them quite regularly. Cisco should offer different equipment. Some features which are needed at present, for example, require making ethernet loopbacks for testing purposes are not available. They need to offer something like this.

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

The equipment we bought with a perpetual license. We're not using a monthly or yearly licensing model. Any additional costs are reasonable. The hardware and software support came with additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

We are using a variety of Cisco ranges, including 2900, 3600, 3700, 4900, and 7600 series. We use the on-premises deployment model. In terms of advice I'd give to those considering implementing the solution, I'd say that they should know what features they want to use in order to choose the right… more»
Consultant
Owner with self employed
Oct 14 2019

What needs improvement?

The dashboard needs some minor improvements. Sometimes it is difficult to find items, other times it is quick, it just depends. Most of the feedback we receive are not complaints but suggestions or ideas about the dashboard. The stability could be improved.

What other advice do I have?

There is no favorite function or feature, it depends on what you have to do and how you do it. My advice regarding this solution is to understand your network, definitely have a look in the manual, understand the structure and don't just rely on trial and error. It's not target-aiming, so trial and error will not work. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
MohamedAhmed2
Real User
Technical Team Lead at Andalusia Hai Aljamea Hospital
Oct 15 2019

What needs improvement?

Lower the pricing to compete with Aruba and HPE. If they could provide a management solution for all systems then it would be an improvement. They have a product, but it's a license, and I have to pay for it. It is difficult to manage one hundred switches in many areas, without having a managing board. I would like a management product to manage both the small business and the Catalyst. In my… more»

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

The pricing is reasonable, and for small business it is acceptable. Aruba and HPE are competitors that have a lower price than Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out ten.
Kashif Asrar Khan
Real User
Manager of IT at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 23 2019

What do you think of Cisco Ethernet Switches?

High availability and sustainable network is a prime and foremost obligatory requirement of ERP deployment, Cisco layer 2-4 switches deliver the best when robust, secured, sub- netted and resilient network is concerned. Strong Areas: The Catalyst switches give ease of configuration with a comprehensive set of management protocol support such as Telnet, HTTP, CLI, SNMP and much more with software's like CMS (Cluster Management Suite) and Ciscoworks, all together. Conventional Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with outstanding QoS, stackable and fixed configuration, security features like static VLAN support and in Linux OS ,TACACS with Radius Dial in authentication support where environment of installation of device(Switch) is harsh , less maintained temperature and less…
Ender Kefoglu
Real User
Partner / Owner at bimel
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the complete functionality, but the most important thing is support.

What needs improvement?

Pricing could be lower. It is difficult to look for additional features to be added because there a lot of different switches, different models, and usually each model is designed according to the number of ports. It's a satisfactory unit within the usage area for that model.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I initially started with Cisco, only afterward, I started using a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco knows what they are doing and their support is great. I would highly recommend this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Ralf Richter
Real User
Senior Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 01 2018

What is most valuable?

DNA Center is very interesting in automating the setup and monitoring as with each occurrence it gets easier to troubleshoot and provides an impression about what could be the problem.

How has it helped my organization?

* Good and stable operational experience with nearly no loss of hardware and very few software bugs. * Plug and play works now. * DNA is a very good way to do the configuration of all the equipment.

What needs improvement?

Location of customers to connect clients to the servers and transport the data and VoIP in parallel with QoS and NBAR with 802.1X.

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Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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