ExtremeSwitching Competitors and Alternatives

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Chris Stowe
System Engineer at Diversified
Real User
Different models of switches with various sizes and form factors make this switch line very mobile

What is our primary use case?

AV over IP: Sending video and audio over the network. We use this solution as part of commercial AV large format displays, video walls, and high-capacity HD real-time displays and monitoring. In most applications, we are only using a couple of switches. Primarily, they are trunched. We have switches in different locations. E.g., we will have an endpoint inside of a classroom or with devices directly connected, but also with a main switching infrastructure and IDF. That is one of our use cases. Another use case is in our medical environment with some of the 10 Gigabit applications. We will have… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The ease of use of these switches is very good because of the Cisco CLI. If you are familiar with CLI, then you can configure the switch that way. It also has a relatively straightforward web interface. Using the web interface is good for beginners or people who aren't familiar with Cisco CLI. However, having a common command line interface method is great for some of our more advanced guys who are familiar with it."
  • "Being able to pass AVB traffic over these switches, that would be a huge add. There are not many switches out that support that. The GS728TP NETGEAR switches used to or still do support AVB, but it would be ideal if the 4300 Series could support it as well."

What other advice do I have?

We're getting into maintaining our network more. From a service standpoint, we do maintain networks. On rare occasions, we have uplinks to clients' networks where a client starts to maintain networks. Typically, if that is the case. It's not part of their workflow to upgrade firmware or make any changes to switches. They just like to monitor the status of the switches. It is valuable for the AV use case. Test it in the environment that you're looking to utilize these switches, then create a process and procedure going forward on how to implement. Fortunately, there is not much of a process…
DH
Head of Project Management at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Reseller
Top 20
A reliable brand with good performance that's easy to manage

What is our primary use case?

We're an implementor of the product. We provide this product to our clients.

Pros and Cons

    • "We'd like Cisco to integrate with other solutions, including their own."

    What other advice do I have?

    We help our clients decide which product to use. We use Cisco and a wide variety of other products. We're implementors. When it comes to working with Cisco, customers are consistently offered a quality product. Many of our clients need a quality product with good performance. This solution is very reliable which is why we work with it. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the solution at an eight.
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