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Cisco Ethernet Switches Pros

Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco Ethernet Switches are great devices.
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Manager Infrastructure & Projects at Kinetic Pride
Being able to deal with multiple VLANs to segment the network logically is the biggest feature for us. The management of these switches is okay for us. These switches work very well, and they meet our needs.
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MB
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 has been running since 2006, for example. They are quite old, but they still work.
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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.
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RK
Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It's all-encompassing and can help you in all these different areas. If people realize that they want something that's going to work, that's pretty foolproof, then Cisco's always worth the investment.
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PP
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
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.
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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product.
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CGO at TMS Consulting Inc
The most valuable aspect of the solution is the ability to manage the switches and the ability to have a certain level of familiarity with setting up and configuring the switches.
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DB
Pre Sales Engineer at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
The features that I have found most valuable are the core reliability and the switching group. All the features are very generic switching features with high reliability. That is the main key point I can highlight.
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DS
Senior Project Manager / Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Multicast is a great feature of this product.
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Cisco Ethernet Switches Cons

Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are less in the Cloud because the Cloud technologies didn't work so well. That happened in all of the companies where I've been engaged.
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Manager Infrastructure & Projects at Kinetic Pride
In terms of features, they tick all the boxes as of now. That could be because we tailor the solution around the product. I have not seen anything that pulls me back or is not working well for me. However, there could be better integration with the network monitoring systems. It doesn't mean it is currently not there, but there could be better discoverability with some of the network monitoring systems to be able to have more visibility. When you're setting up a control room, you can have more visibility into what is going on in the network. It has been doing that, but it can do that more.
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MB
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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Manager - Network Operating Center at BCN
Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.
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RK
Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
You do have to buy into the Cisco architecture to be able to use them.
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PP
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The typical areas of concern for Cisco Ethernet Switches are not technical but cost including support costs. I’ve never liked the fact that end users cannot download security patches without a support contract. I’ve had trouble getting approval to renew Cisco support contracts due to the cost.
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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The enterprise-level switches should have a simpler deployment. They should make it possible for lower-skilled workers to be able to deploy the product.
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CGO at TMS Consulting Inc
One thing we did have to work around is, on the broadcast side, we're reliant on the PTP protocol, precision time protocol, and the Cisco switches in general, don't support that.
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DB
Pre Sales Engineer at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
An improvement would be to change their market intention. Almost all the Cisco switches are now coming with a license called DNA. D for Delta, N for number and A for apple. That feature is required, he must purchase it and it is a mandatory thing that has been introduced. This is not matching with the Asian market.
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DS
Senior Project Manager / Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Network setup is quite complicated, particularly if you're implementing in a non-technical environment.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.