Cisco Ethernet Switches Overview

Cisco Ethernet Switches is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Ethernet Switches. It is most often compared to NETGEAR Switches: Cisco Ethernet Switches vs NETGEAR Switches

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

Cisco Ethernet Switches is also known as Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches.

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Senior Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
DNA is a very good way to do the configuration of all the equipment

What is our primary use case?

* Collecting Clients in the floors. * Concentrate distribution and to forward over routers to other parts. * Fiber and copper ports with enhanced power over Ethernet and stacks. * NM-modules with 10G

Pros and Cons

  • "Good and stable operational experience with nearly no loss of hardware and very few software bugs."
  • "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."
  • "Location of customers to connect clients to the servers and transport the data and VoIP in parallel with QoS and NBAR with 802.1X."
Networking Specialist at Transportation
Real User
Pros: streamlined and versatile solutions. Cons: expensive maintenance fees and they are slow with patches

What other advice do I have?

Start from your business requirements (what would you like to have) and budget (what can you afford).
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
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System Engineer Monitoring and Response at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Pro's and Con's - Cisco vs. Juniper
Competitive strength – Cisco and Juniper are a good fit in any data centre. Competitive weaknesses – Cisco takes a proprietary spin on standards, increasing fear of vendor lock-in and cost to replace. Juniper has to spend time explaining the technology. Cisco’s Nexus portfolio is broad and complex, requiring advanced skills to design, deploy and manage which increases costs. Juniper’s market share remains small compared to equally well-known competitors and calls into question the company’s ability to execute and attract channel and other partners. Current Perspective – Cisco switches remains a leader in the data centre due to both market presence and portfolio breadth. Cisco switches continues to win new customers based on both its portfolio and its technology…
ICT Manager at a aerospace/defense firm
Real User
Modules are hot swappable, as you have dual power supplies. If you need improvements, you'll need to upgrade the hardware.

What other advice do I have?

It's best for access layer deployment.
Senior Network Operations Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Cisco 6509 Ether Switches can be a one stop and do-it-all product for a huge enterprise.

What other advice do I have?

No further comments.
User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Best in its class but warranty costs are high. This is the reason HP and Juniper are getting their clients

What other advice do I have?

Go for the Cisco Solution if Your Company can afford support Service and Warranty cost in future.
Consulting Engineer EMEA at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
Remote management and monitoring, multi-layer switching and flexibility are valuable features.

What other advice do I have?

Check that it’s the most cost effective solution (it’s very expensive if you only want to connect 4 users and a printer.); Check the model that fits your needs, regarding number of ports, and PoE for instance (no need of PoE for most uses.); Main uses would be to use a solution with multiple internal VLANs (needs at least IP Base License), VoIP implementations, and adding security and manageability to the network; Carefully check what License Feature set you need (there are 3 levels, LAN Base, IP Base, and IP Services), depending on your needs. You may be able to upgrade the software feature…
Infrastructure Connectivity Engineer at Reputable Service Company
Consultant
Cisco Ethernet Switches are very reliable in any network.

What is most valuable?

Port-based security feature, network virtualization using VLAN, loop-avoidance mechanism using different variants of STP, many others.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the network reliability, It has improved the network availability which results to improved productivity of the users ( Increased ROI).

For how long have I used the solution?

4 to 5 years now

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: GoodTechnical Support: Good

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

Yes, due to demand driven by requirements.

What

Security System Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor
Vendor
The interface needs improvement to make it more friendly but overall the products are reliable

What is most valuable?

Reliability and availability

How has it helped my organization?

Eliminates weak points, it simply does its job.

What needs improvement?

More friendly interface, less Cisco centric approach

For how long have I used the solution?

8 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Rather good, I've only needed to contact them on really rare occasions.Technical Support: There was no need for technical support. T only thing I did was a memory upgrade which was quick and not problematic.

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

Yes, linux…
Security System Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor
Vendor
Pro's and Con's of transitioning from Juniper to Cisco
I recently spoke with a colleague who transitioned from Juniper to Cisco. We agreed that each solutions is completely different and each one has its strong and weak points. The transition process was rather hard. It was hard to change approach and rare similarities were sometimes misleading for my colleague. Although Cisco is moving away from the standard monolithic IOS straight to modular architecture there are many disadvantages for somebody who 'thinks modular'. Personally I have experience with Cisco and although I have some difficulties and a Cisco-centric way of thinking, I prefer it over the others. But if I would possibility need to be involved in a Juniper environment, I think it would be worth to walk through the transition process.
CIO with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Business decisions made today, now become key strategic advantages and capabilities of tomorrow.

What other advice do I have?

The network system will need the capacity for future expansion. To go beyond Enterprise Integration, by creating a new infrastructure. Business decisions made today, now become key strategic advantages and capabilities of tomorrow.
Network Engineer & Web Developer at OneTexh
Vendor
It seems a little expensive given the compromises on offerings and features.
The switches used worldwide are basically required to optimize routers’ performance. Users apt to use Cisco switches among which “Catalyst” series are most popular and abruptly demanding produced. The Cisco Catalyst series Switches are mostly wire-speed, low-latency, Layer 2-4, 1-rack-unit (1-RU), fixed-configuration switches. The catalyst series switches provide exceptional performance, bandwidth, and reliability for low-density. The abundant use of switches provides dependability, reliability and constancy by working with servers and workstations because of remarkable features like :  Layer 2 & 3 switching  Remote Management Protocols • Telnet • HTTP • SNMP  VLAN Support  Multiple spanning tree  Trivial File Transfer  DHCP  Auto IP Routing  MAC Address Filter The…
Head of Data Center at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Cisco 3560X delivers outstanding performance, manageability and reliability. Specialized skills are required for configuring them, so make sure to have someone around during implementation.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, Cisco Ethernet Switches are highly recommended. They really improve overall network performance and gives you the peace of mind you deserve. Just be sure to have someone very knowledgeable about configuring Cisco devices on-hand to help you with the configuration and network set-up.
Tech Support Staff at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Best networking product

Valuable Features:

Reliability. We can rely/trust 100% on cisco ethernet switches to run the networks smoothly.

Room for Improvement:

Need to provision for DC Power Input

Other Advice:

Really great experience with cisco devices
Network Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Vendor
Cisco Catalyst 3560G - Reliable switches with exceptional performance

What other advice do I have?

Cisco Catalyst 3560 is a series of enterprise-class switches with a fixed-configuration. These switches include power over Ethernet (POE), Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet configurations, and are suitable for small enterprise LAN access or branch-office environments.
Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Cisco has come up with Ethernet Switches that are high-performance, fully featured, resilient and equipped standard with the policy features of different cards
Senior Manager of Data Center at a integrator with 51-200 employees
Vendor
Cisco Ethernet Switches have a reputation for delivering high performance, scalability and security features for TCP/IP networks

What other advice do I have?

Cisco has built upon its reputation in delivering high quality ethernet switches for small scale to enterprise level needs. Whether it be the Cisco 100/200 series, a few things which standout are the energy efficient technology for Gigabit ethernet, network performance through QoS, silent operation through fan less design, IPv6 support, and the green technology approach.
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