Cisco Ethernet Switches Valuable Features

Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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 they operate as one switch spot. You have multiple physical switches in the stack. For example, you could have one particular physical switch and you can have many of them all connected together as if they're one switch. Another valuable feature is that the switches can operate at different layers of the networking environment. You can have switches that operate at layer three, you can have layer four switches and also obviously layer two, data layer, is their normal operation. These switches are versatile. They can operate as a router, but they can also operate as a switch as well. The fact that you can run routing protocols on them, and you can also run data link protocols, means that they are quite versatile enough. View full review »
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
The most valuable part of this solution for us VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network), MAC authentication and security. View full review »
Ivan Manchev
Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have been very satisfied with using Cisco 2960 series X with EIGRP Cisco proprietary protocol. This saved us much money and worked very stably. We also installed 47 and 3850 Switches to the main servers on the 10-gig in some places and Nexus devices using 40-gig connectivity. View full review »
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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 have been running since 2006, for example. They are quite old, but they still work. The security and the user interface are both good. Mainly, I end up using the command lines, but it's okay for me and the way I work. It's my preference, although it's not ideal for everyone. There are quite a few features that Cisco offers, but for our business, it's not really necessary. If you are a telecom or a banking institution, you would probably find them to be quite useful. View full review »
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. View full review »
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. The solution is simple to configure. The layer-2 switching is very fast. View full review »
Phillip Peerman
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The CLI is very valuable as it allows network professionals to work fast and customize the configuration however they need. 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. Also, appreciate the industrial line of switches for SCADA or other environments where switches are placed in unconditioned space and the temperatures fluctuate a lot during the seasons. View full review »
Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I've worked with many features on Cisco's switches. However, the newest features I've used were on Nexus switches. The VPC on Nexus switches, supported on Nexus switches, provides high availability and load balancing for virtual port channels. It is a link aggregation we used in data centers. It's been fantastic. The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product. View full review »
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. Once you have the Cisco box, you can put it in its place, switch it on and you can forget that it is there. View full review »
Nawaf AlTamimi
Network & System Security Consultant at Zakat House
We keep Cisco for normal switches for corrective flows and the data center. But they are not so good with the firewall so we use Palo Alto and FortiGate. In terms of the most valuable feature, I would say the user interface. We also have Citrix XenApp for the remote service. And Exchange and other Microsoft solutions. We have other software for software control, for users and help desk. For security, we have RSA Netwitness and Netwitness Security Analytics, View full review »
Joel Masocha
Network and Infrastructure Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
I love the fact that they can be configured to do exactly what you need them to do, which in my opinion is what anyone with Cisco experience would enjoy doing. They can be set up and configured nicely. View full review »
Head Of Information & Communication Technology at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the performance and ability to handle the flow of traffic. The redundancy that the switches provide is very good. View full review »
Peter Van Loon
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Lusanda Matyunjwa
Enterprise and Security Manager at University of Fort Hare
The most valuable feature is the after-sales support. I like their after-sales support more than anything because it's very good. The sales experience was good because we deal with Cisco directly and then buy through the partners. It means that we developed a close relationship with Cisco in the process. Cisco has been adding things on top of their devices, like DNA, which makes managing them very easy. View full review »
Rafael Riera
Pre-sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Cisco is number one in switches. Normally, if a manufacturer does not have the same categories as Cisco, it's not a good switch. Cisco has a lot of features that you never use that are implemented in the software. It's nice to know they are there if you need them. For a simple customer, the initial setup is quick and easy. Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful. View full review »
Devanand PR
IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
The solution is easy to use. The product is quite stable, which is one of its main selling points. The solution can scale. View full review »
Hossam Ismail
Expert Network Consultant at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cisco as a whole is flexible. The solution can be configured to our specifications. The solution allows you to monitor CPU utilization and memory usage. View full review »
DInusha Bandara
Pre Sales Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
I think the VMA architecture is valuable. View full review »
sTAM at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The solution comes from a solid company that always offers good quality products. It's a real market leader in this area and can provide end-to-end solutions. The initial setup is straightforward. It's not too hard. The product offers very good customer support. It's likely the best in the industry. There is very good distribution around the globe. The products are very reliable. A single switch is very easy to manage. View full review »
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are guidance, cover sheets, and access control. The command-line interface is easy to use. View full review »
Silju Pillai
Co-Founder, Architect at Espina IT
Cisco's support is number one in the world. It is very stable. As a company, they have a very good reputation. They invest a lot in research, and they come up with new solutions, new technologies, and new products. View full review »
Charan Rana
IT Manager at Waaree Energies Ltd
The most valuable feature is the performance. The Cisco Feature Navigator is a web-based application that enables you to quickly match Cisco IOS, IOS XE, IOS XR, NX-OS, and CatOS software releases to features. This is available to all users, both registered and non-registered guests. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Sambasiva Rao Venigalla
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities, such as routing with the channel. The hardware has very good features. View full review »
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Cisco Switches serve their purpose. They add value to the virtual workload. You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment. View full review »
Ender Kefoglu
Partner / Owner at bimel
The most valuable feature is the complete functionality, but the most important thing is support. View full review »
Technical Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The most valuable features are network monitoring and management. Depending on the model, the switch might have its own firewall or router. View full review »
Telecommunication Team Leader at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
I know this solution for many years. I know the GUI and commands, and they are useful for me. I have all the functions that I want. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
This product is widely available and the warranty is very good. There should not be any challenges with configuration or maintenance. They have an internal monitoring system. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The VPC feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. The quality, like all Cisco solutions, is very high. The fact that it's Cisco is one of the reasons we chose to use it. View full review »
IT Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
I like that it's easy to use. View full review »
Solution Engineer at a tech services company
The hardware is rugged. We use it for the basic configuration. View full review »
Pratap Barik
Data Center Admin at Sysnet Global Technologies
These switches are stable and they have a good replacement service. The support is good. The procedures and handling of these switches are easy. Anything that you need to know is available in a Google search, or from the technical support. View full review »
Abdulqader Kaboudei
RF Planning Manager at Sabafon
Cisco is a large company and their product is very good with high quality. The features and customer support are good. View full review »
Tarun Jain
Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I have found it to be very flexible and easy to use. Overall less hassle to operate. View full review »
Project Manager at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees
Cisco Ethernet Switches is stable and robust. View full review »
CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
It's for industry products, so it's easy to use. View full review »
Member of Technical Staff at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We only use the basic features, like VLAN, Spanning tree, we find that it works well. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
464,857 professionals have used our research since 2012.