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Real User
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

There are two things about this solution that I find valuable. 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. A stack means that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are several situations where these switches are used. Most times if they want to move off the main site, or they want to move locations, or they want to have temporary spaces, they can use a switch. Temporary means they may want to… more»

What needs improvement?

At the moment the switches that you have can't scale because they've got their control plane and data plane in the same device. The problem with that is you're limited to the number of switches you can string along because of limitations… more»

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

I have also used the Meraki MX switches, but they are more like routers and used to support the wireless systems for Meraki.

What other advice do I have?

What is happening in the industry is that they are separating two things that traditionally held back the growth of switches, which is the control plane aspect of the switch from the data point. What you're finding is that the newer… more»
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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PinchasAlbalya
Real User
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. The solution is simple to configure. The layer-2 switching is very fast.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have the option of two power supplies on these switches. It is important for us because these switches are installed in our data center and critical departments. These units have to… more»

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

This is an expensive solution, but you are paying for stability.

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

I have experience with Juniper LAN switches, but that was with a previous company. The university campus had bought Juniper switches about six years ago, but they are moving completely to Cisco… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are looking forward to the 10-gigabit uplink port, which is an improvement that we have waited for. We expect to have this new module in one or two months. Cisco has a family of Small Business… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Meraki switches but they were not suitable for the university campus.
Peter Van Loon
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Guido-Steusel
Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are guidance, cover sheets, and access control. The command-line interface is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The licensing needs to be improved. You have to know upfront what kind of license you require. If you want to check quality assurance then you need to use an IP-based license. You can get that done, but sometimes it's a nuisance. For… more»

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

The price of this solution is good.

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one. We have always used Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

In general, Cisco is ok. It's convenient and well-documented. If you have a big landscape then Cisco is a good way forward. It is well supported and a lot of engineering people know the Cisco switches. It's like the default environment, and… more»
LoicFraison
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the solution is its routing features. The solution is compatible with many brands, such as VMware. It offers very good durability if your configuration is good.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution itself is great for our organization's infrastructure. You can connect a WiFi product and an ethernet product at the same time.

What needs improvement?

The interface needs improvement. The solution could use more features and more functionality. The price could be lower. It's quite expensive.

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

The solution is very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We use various deployment models, including on-premises and cloud. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options. We evaluated for readability, stability, price, and end of life. Cisco ultimately won out.
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.
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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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