Cisco Ethernet Switches Scalability

reviewer1193922
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Ethernet does not scale very well because you've got distance limitations. Ethernet can only run for about one hundred meters or less, so you have to use Couplers. This distance limitation is why we use Fibre. Fibre optics is actually a better technology than Ethernet, but it's more expensive. Everything about it, the equipment, the nature of the way the Fibre cables are prepared, is a lot more expensive compared to Ethernet. Ideally, everybody would like to run Fiber switches because it's a better technology that carries more bandwidth. The high price is due in part to the components. All the components that make Fibre work are expensive to produce. It can be relatively cheap for what we use it for but overall, it's way more expensive than Ethernet. If it wasn't for that then Fibre would have been the best solution. Ethernet, as it is right now, the cost price point for Ethernet is very good, so it won't be going anywhere fast soon. In terms of scalability, don't have limits. If you want to scale, you need to use Fiber to scale. In terms of users, the organization right now has more than a thousand, and the previous one had approximately five thousand. With respect to user roles, some are call center personnel, some platform systems guys, some are software developers, some project managers, some are marketing managers, some are sales managers, and some are professional services. Department-wise you have your legal, HR, and your finance department. To my knowledge, our business is focused on doing work for clients so I expect that our usage of Ethernet Switches will be expanding. View full review »
ShehabAhmed
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
Once you understand how the product works, it is easy to configure. I do not see any significant limitation on the scalability of the product so long as you have chosen the right product for use in your environment. View full review »
PinchasAlbalya
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
At this level, the edge, we are not concerned with scalability. We will be able to update the edge using the new uplink port module if we need to. The core switches are scalable. You can add another slot of forty-eight ports with 10-gigabit each. On the university campus, we have approximately thirty thousand users. These are not concurrent connections. We have more than twenty thousand students, about six thousand employees, and there are guests. I can say that more than twenty thousand connections may be active at one time. We have about one thousand switches, and we have four people in charge of maintenance. They do the installation, repairs, and all of the other tasks in the data center. Three are technicians and one is a manager. View full review »
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Peter Van Loon
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
I think this product is extremely scalable. I am fairly sure everyone in the world who's working with a computer is using it. Even you — whomever you are, and whether you know it or not. View full review »
CornelCristea
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Some versions of the solution can scale with a stacking option. So far, we've been satisfied with the level of scalability we can achieve. We know what we can do using the right point in the network. View full review »
Guido-Steusel
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of this solution is fine. View full review »
Charan Rana
IT Manager at Waaree Energies Ltd
This system can accommodate expansion without hampering the existing workflow and ensure an increase in output or efficiency. View full review »
LoicFraison
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The scalability of the solution, from what I understand, is good. We haven't actually tested the solution for scalability ourselves, however. View full review »
reviewer929688
Owner with self employed
We have not had to scale yet, we are normally working with a fixed size. We haven't had to worry about upsizing or downsizing. For our purposes, we are not using this, but on the client-side, we have anywhere from two to eight users, they are made up of technicians, support staff, and engineers. View full review »
Mohamed Y Ahmed
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
This solution is scalable. If I want to add switches to the existing one, I can easily do it. View full review »
Ender Kefoglu
Partner / Owner at bimel
This solution is scalable. It depends on the customer, regarding the number of users. Recently we were awarded a contract for the Turkish military, and there will be several thousand people who will be using it. View full review »
ChristianPapageorgopoulos
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Scaling and upgrading the solution is easy. Our group has about 500 employees and all of them use Cisco and its switches. View full review »
reviewer780981
Solution Engineer at a tech services company
We have around 500 switches deployed in one network. View full review »
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