Cisco Ethernet Switches Room for Improvement

Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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 with VLAN. VLAN does have limitations, but with Software-Defined Networking there is no limitation. This is bringing about changes in the networking field that are long-needed. Ultimately, I would like to see all of the switches support SDN. Switches should be made stackable, even if they are not of the same model. Now stacking is another technology that a lot of switches can benefit from, but not all switches are capable of stacking. There are some switches that are capable of stacking, but not all switches. As a rule, in my view, I feel stacking should work between different switches and at the moment it doesn't. For example, if you want to build a stack, all the switches in the stack have to be literally the same. So that another area of technology which could be different. You could stack switches, even if they're not exactly the same, but they have a way of operating such that they can work together. It would be nice because it means people don't have to throw away things just because they can't meet what they want. View full review »
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
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 understand how this will impact the network if we plan to scale it in the future and to learn the different interfaces. I think it would be better for Cisco to unify the interfaces between their products. It might make it easier for users to use different models concurrently as different versions of switches and improve scalability. It is not really a feature of the solution itself, but I also think that the technical support directly from the company should be better in the area of handling integrations. View full review »
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. View full review »
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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. We have many switches that we've used sine 2006 and that are on the old OS, but we don't want to switch them out because the cost to do so would be quite high. The graphical user interface could be a bit better. When we have new employees, we want them to onboard quickly and to be able to understand the switches. Having a better graphical interface would help us do that and help them understand the switches faster. While I prefer command line, many are not good with it or do not prefer that method. View full review »
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. View full review »
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
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 be available all of the time. I would like to see this solution automatically store multiple versions of the configuration file. For example, Juniper switches will save forty versions of the configuration, while Cisco will only store one. If you want to keep more than one then you need to make it manually. If you need to restore it then you will have to use the saved file to do that manually, as well. In the large switches, they do keep one primary image and the backup image, which is good, but it is not like Juniper. I can roll back to any version within the last forty that have been committed. It's a very, very nice feature that I would like to see in Cisco equipment. View full review »
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. The additional charges for the DNA capabilities of the switches further prices the switches are out of contention for a lot of IT shops. I understand the development of this technology is expensive but costs are sometimes borderline ridiculous. View full review »
Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution could always benefit from some more security features. For example, they need something which is mainly used for enterprise networks that allow for identity-based security or authentication. The pricing of the switches could be lowered. Right now, they are quite expensive. 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. It should be just as easy as turning them on, powering them up, and connecting the PCs, which would be the same as or similar to a generic simple switch. Many users can't use Cisco's advanced features and won't be able to deploy Cisco's advanced CLI or other management tools otherwise. View full review »
Saad Aslam
Senior Information Technology Manager at FAP Marine Terminals Ltd
The GUI is not that easy. They need to work on the CLI, and to do that you have to have technical resources in-house if you want to do it yourself. View full review »
Nawaf AlTamimi
Network & System Security Consultant at Zakat House
We are only using Cisco for switches and for the IP telephony call center. It needs to be manageable, easy, and fast with Windows and other GUIs. They must improve their interface and stability. View full review »
Joel Masocha
Network and Infrastructure Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Ease of configuration for none cisco experts would be an improvement. Pricing can also do with some improvement to make it more competitive with competitor products with similar functionality. View full review »
Head Of Information & Communication Technology at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
There is a focus on improving the UI for managing the higher-end switches and routers, but not the traditional ones. Putting in a more complete management infrastructure would help when it comes to handling lower-end switches. These switches are pretty expensive to put into place, so if they could bring the price point down then it would be really good. View full review »
Peter Van Loon
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
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 like to see compatibility with industrial switches. I would like to see an updated feature search toolkit. The ability to look for certain features and select the features that you want or need would help to target desired results and workflow. To know what a tool is able to provide for you and the devices that can be used with those features would make research and configuration a lot easier. View full review »
Lusanda Matyunjwa
Enterprise and Security Manager at University of Fort Hare
For people who are new, the interface can be confusing. For me, however, I don't think that there's anything that can be simplified because I'm used to the command line and the old way of working with Cisco switches. I find them simple. View full review »
Devanand PR
IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I don't really have a complaint about the features that the solution has. It can be a bit expensive, however, it's not as expensive as Meraki switches. The user interface, the UI, could be better. Going command mode to make hardcore changes to the config. It's not so futuristic environment for configuration purposes. While you can scale the solution, it can get expensive. View full review »
Hossam Ismail
Expert Network Consultant at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
You can only configure both switches and routers via the command-line. They should work to take on the newer HP and Aruba approach where you can configure from a URL or command line. It could be useful if they developed the GUI interface to enable us to configure all features such as VLANs, port assignment, routing, DSP, through the GUI. That would make it easier for beginners. Cisco products are expensive compared to any other solution. Now, there are many competitors that give the same level of services - such as Juniper or Aruba. View full review »
DInusha Bandara
Pre Sales Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
I don't have any issues on the technical aspects, but on the business side of things, I see that almost all the Catalyst and high-grade switches are now required to have a VMA license. Sometimes businesses may not require those licenses because they are just using them as the third street. It's a business challenge which we're facing in the Asian countries. Customers don't require a VMA environment at the moment, but it's essential to purchase a VMA license for some of the switches. It's a challenge that we're facing during sales or presales because when it comes to the competition like Cisco SSL and the others, they don't have that kind of a restriction. If I would like to purchase a new switch, it can be a higher-end switch like a Chassis switch or a basic L2 or L3 switch—any switch where we can purchase a support bundle and install and use it. But with the VMA license, we need to activate the license, or the Ethernet switch will not perform. It won't work. If Cisco Ethernet Switches can work both on-prem and in the cloud, it would be an advantage. Other vendors are already offering this option. It would be a great added advantage to use the same switch in standalone mode, as a local MM or VMA, and for cloud control. View full review »
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 example, if you want to run certain commands then they are not all available because it depends on your license. On the new switches, it is a bit hard to do the SPANning. The SPAN ports on the 9K series should be improved. View full review »
Silju Pillai
Co-Founder, Architect at Espina IT
The price could be improved by being reduced. The new software has been released in Cisco Switches, which is meeting with the market's demands. Earlier they used to have many different models. This solution is still lacking in some areas. View full review »
Charan Rana
IT Manager at Waaree Energies Ltd
Cisco needs to include new features to attract new customers. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The interface needs improvement. The solution could use more features and more functionality. The price could be lower. It's quite expensive. View full review »
Owner with self employed
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. View full review »
Mohamed Y Ahmed
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
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 business, I have all of these products and I have to configure them one by one, so the troubleshooting and the monitoring of each can be challenging. Also with a managing board, it would improve the scalability as it would be easier to handle the traffic and monitoring several users. This may be something that they are already working on, but it would be an improvement if they could add a layer of security to layer two and layer three to protect the server and to protect the data. View full review »
Technical Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Integration with third-party products could be improved. View full review »
Ender Kefoglu
Partner / Owner at bimel
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. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The pricing should be reduced so that they are more competitive. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Cisco has a licensing procedure that is very complicated and it changes every six months. View full review »
Varun Malhotra
Chairman Infrastructure & Application Development Services at atnis
Cisco is now competing with companies that are putting out cheaper switches so the price could be something that could be improved upon. However, if you want the best in the industry then you need to pay for it. Cisco could also open the API up to work closely with other systems. View full review »
Apparao R
VP of IT at Proinf Networks
There are some GUI configuration improvements that they can implement in the future for the product models. View full review »
Solution Engineer at a tech services company
Cisco has a layer three rugged switch. I don't know if they have it. The one I use is layer 2 only. Cisco should provide field switches, outdoor switches that have the capability for layer 3. We've had hardware problems like SSDS, ports, networking, things like that. They should maximize the number of ports. For me, that's important because we have some sites that the industrial switches lack ports so we have to install two industrial switches. View full review »
Pratap Barik
Data Center Admin at Sysnet Global Technologies
The initial setup can be simplified. View full review »
Abdulqader Kaboudei
RF Planning Manager at Sabafon
In the future, some of the features could be updated to support the latest functions. View full review »
Member of Technical Staff at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
REST API should be first priority than traditional CLI. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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