If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco Ethernet Switches, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I will advise others to buy without any hesitation, as the product quality and deliverables are far more than others without comparing cost. This solution is the best.
My advice to someone considering this solution would be to have a good plan and a good design. It will go smoothly if you have a good design and a good plan. It's important. I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because Mellanox is better compared to Ethernet switches.
In general, Cisco is ok. It's convenient and well-documented. If you have a big landscape then Cisco is a good way forward. It is well supported and a lot of engineering people know the Cisco switches. It's like the default environment, and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
We are looking forward to the 10-gigabit uplink port, which is an improvement that we have waited for. We expect to have this new module in one or two months. Cisco has a family of Small Business Switches called SG. For example, the SG300 model. This is a cheaper model, and although they are missing some protocols, they are very good. Out of our one thousand switches, we have about one hundred SG models. The price of these is lower than Juniper switches. I surely recommend this product, and the new Cisco line seems to be even stronger. There are improvements in terms of new modules and power supplies, and the price is not increasing. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
We use various deployment models, including on-premises and cloud. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
We're using the on-premises deployment model. I'd recommend the solution. It has all the features we need included within it. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
What is happening in the industry is that they are separating two things that traditionally held back the growth of switches, which is the control plane aspect of the switch from the data point. What you're finding is that the newer generation of switches, you can control them with a different device separately from the switch itself. In terms of the improvements, the improvements that are going on right now, Software Defined Networking creates the basis for you to have switches that can scale, and can scale very well. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
We are using a variety of Cisco ranges, including 2900, 3600, 3700, 4900, and 7600 series. We use the on-premises deployment model. In terms of advice I'd give to those considering implementing the solution, I'd say that they should know what features they want to use in order to choose the right platform. There are solutions, such as Juniper, for example, that vary in performance and in features. Be sure to ask Cisco or any other vendor lots of questions in the design phase to ensure you're choosing the right solution for your company. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. The solution lacks some stability but it compensates by offering great features.
Advice that I would give companies considering this solution is that you need to do your research, find the correct model for your needs and size the deployment correctly. If you don't think first you can pay too much and have more than you need or pay too little and not meet your needs. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight. It cannot be higher than that because of the pricing.
Cisco is the better solution if someone is considering it and they are willing to pay for it. The product is expensive to buy. In my current position, the budget is not a problem. If other people are in a similar situation where they can afford Cisco, I recommend Cisco. If they do not have a big budget and they need to be more budget-minded, I can recommend the HP ProCurve (now HP Networking) and D-links (Ethernet Switches) as my first choice for less expensive options. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Cisco ethernet switches as an eight. It is not a ten because of the differences in the interface and the quality of integration support with other products.
I would rate this solution a nine out ten.
Cisco knows what they are doing and their support is great. I would highly recommend this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
There is no favorite function or feature, it depends on what you have to do and how you do it. My advice regarding this solution is to understand your network, definitely have a look in the manual, understand the structure and don't just rely on trial and error. It's not target-aiming, so trial and error will not work. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.