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2018-08-02T11:48:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco Catalyst Switches?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco Catalyst Switches, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5Real User

There are other products that I personally prefer, but from an organization's perspective, I would recommend this solution. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2021-11-10T15:20:12Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend Cisco Catalyst for its abilities, durability, and the support. Cisco is very familiar—all engineers know Cisco very well—and we can handle the troubleshooting and configuration. The Advantage license is suitable for large companies. All of the oil and gas sectors use the Advantage license for their switches. Even they are not going to use all the layers or access switches, but they invest a lot and have a huge budget for networking. For a small or medium company, you could use and split the Essential license and the Advantage one based on building needs in order to optimize the cost and make sure your solution is cost-effective. I would rate Cisco a nine out of ten. Not a ten because of the high price.

2021-11-03T18:17:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. It might be the latest. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. I've been pleased with its capabilities overall.

2021-10-22T16:37:57Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2021-10-21T15:48:12Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

When I graduate, I will have improved my English and will be able to perform more tasks. I am in charge of the data while learning how to deploy this solution. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a seven out of ten.

2021-10-18T13:53:56Z
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Top 20Reseller

We are satisfied with the solution. It demonstrates good performance. We rate Cisco Catalyst Switches as a nine-point-five out of ten.

2021-10-18T11:10:27Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. The only complaint I have about Cisco is the wait time when you call tech support.

2021-10-04T11:04:22Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend this solution to others. I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

2021-08-30T11:01:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Cisco Catalyst Switches around an eight. I think they're pretty okay. Cisco is pretty straightforward. I would absolutely recommend Cisco Catalyst Switches for others.

2021-08-23T07:07:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We're quite happy with its capabilities. I would recommend the solution to other users and companies.

2021-08-11T14:52:23Z
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Top 5Real User

I would advise those to make sure they understand the requirements before they purchase Cisco Catalyst Switches because they are an entry-level solution. I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2021-08-07T09:11:45Z
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Top 20Consultant

I would recommend Cisco to other users, along with several other products. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2021-08-05T13:52:03Z
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Top 5Real User

This solution is the best in the market but there are some limitations. I am moving to the Meraki solution because it is easier to use. I would recommend this solution to others. I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

2021-06-25T19:53:17Z
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Real User

Cisco delivers when it comes to business value. So, I would advise others to go for it. But, they should be aware of budgetary considerations vis-a-vis the pricing. This is key. The product is one which delivers, especially as concerns large enterprise networks that put an emphasis on visibility and the time it takes for deployment and reaction to situations. Keeping this in mind, I would say that Cisco Analyst is the best for me. I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches as an 8.5 out of ten.

2021-06-24T18:42:25Z
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Top 20Real User

In the future, we are going to implement the 2960-X next-generation version instead of this legacy solution we are using now which will have some added benefits. I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

2021-06-10T20:37:33Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution. It is good. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of 10.

2021-06-09T14:16:30Z
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Top 5Real User

There are several YouTube videos available to help configure the Cisco switches. It is very easy to configure them. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches and eight out of ten. It's a pretty good switch.

2021-06-03T20:38:28Z
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Top 20Consultant

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2021-05-18T12:27:13Z
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Top 5Real User

A lot of my colleagues are using Cisco switches. I often touch base with them to share know-how on the technology. I'm not using the latest version of the solution. I'm using an older version right now. On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate the solution at a nine. We've been quite pleased with the solution overall. I would recommend the solution to other users, companies, and organizations. It's quite robust and flexible.

2021-04-30T13:25:48Z
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Top 5Real User

We are a customer and an end-user. We deal with a lot of Cisco products. We use maybe 20 or so Cisco switches. We have an old 2960-X and a 2960 Plus. We also have three 9300 switches, which are the newer model. I would advise other users to plan for a larger network than you currently need. For example, if you need 20 ports on a switch and you're ordering this equipment. order a 48 port one, as you'll find that you quickly consume the 20 ports and you need upgrades of two, three, four, five, six. You'll need upgrades quickly and you'll find yourself ordering another switch to replace this one. The most sensible recommendation is to order one bigger switch, which is better than replacing the switch you have within one year. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. The switches are excellent.

2021-04-26T19:18:59Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We keep changing the version as it comes in. Every time we are going a new installation, we do the new modem. Cisco switches are superior. They're a robust product. Therefore, I would rate them at a nine out of ten overall. We are very satisfied with the technology. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations.

2021-04-06T17:44:54Z
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Top 20Real User

We are a premium partner with Cisco. We use various versions of the solution. It depends on the client. We have multiple clients and each instance is unique. It's deployed both on-premises and on the cloud. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. We've mostly been quite happy with the product. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-04-05T10:12:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight.

2021-02-19T17:43:13Z
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Top 5Real User

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2021-02-15T17:20:13Z
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Top 20Real User

I would advise going with Cisco because they have an outstanding support team. They can support up to the extent of installation. They have other services as well, such as RMN. Your network downtime is minimal, and your business will not suffer in case of any trouble in the network. I would definitely recommend going with Cisco only. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2021-02-09T18:36:02Z
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Real User

Plan well before implementing this solution. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a ten out of ten.

2021-02-09T02:28:17Z
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Top 5Real User

I wouldn't recommend this product because it's overpriced. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco Catalyst Switches a four.

2021-02-08T10:10:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I'm not sure of the switch model. I work remotely. It would be hard for me to check. We're a vendor company. We're Cisco partners. We have almost 10 engineers and about two or three people are dedicated to Cisco. I'd recommend this solution to other users. I would warn companies, however, that the implementation process is tough. It's good to have some sort of support in order to deploy the solution effectively and correctly. Without help, if you don't know what you are doing, you may run into issues. In general, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

2021-02-03T11:24:36Z
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Top 20Real User

We're Cisco partners. We have a business relationship with the company. I'd recommend this solution to other organizations. Over the years, I've found that it works very well. In general, on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at a nine.

2021-02-03T10:58:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Based on my experience, I can recommend these switches. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2021-02-01T13:00:59Z
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Top 5Real User

Overall, these switches are very good. I like to work with them because they have advanced capabilities. I recommend this product because Cisco has proprietary protocols and we are happy with them. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2021-01-28T09:09:55Z
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Top 5Real User

We use the Catalyst Series 2960 or the 2960-Plus and some L3 switches for distribution-level switches, such as the 3850, which are out of sale and at end-of-life now. We're using the current versions of the solution for the most part. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. Overall, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

2021-01-23T11:40:09Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution. It is a good product. There are a lot of users of Cisco solutions in Pakistan. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a ten out of ten.

2021-01-11T14:24:24Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend these switches to others. We plan to keep using them. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a ten out of ten. We are happy with them.

2020-12-11T12:44:39Z
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Reseller

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.

2020-12-10T22:29:40Z
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Top 10Reseller

We are resellers and distributors. We're partners with Cisco. We use a variety of different versions of the solution, including 3003, 29603, and 9003. Those are three of the most popular. Which we use depends on the client and their particular needs. Sometimes we only resell the product to our clients and sometimes we also provide the solution and install and configure the Catalyst for the clients. It depends on the client's query. Overall, I would rate the solution eight out of ten. Overall, our clients have been quite happy with the results they get from Cisco products.

2020-12-07T14:47:31Z
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Top 5Real User

This is a product that I can recommend to others. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-11-21T06:45:11Z
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Real User

I would definitely recommend this product to other users. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a ten out of ten.

2020-11-16T17:28:49Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution. It is a pretty good product. We don't see any issue with Cisco Catalyst Switches. We have a license of five years as per our current agreement with Cisco. We plan to keep using these. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2020-11-12T17:53:30Z
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Top 20Real User

Make sure that you buy the right product and it does what you want. Don't get something that won't be what you think it will do. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

2020-11-11T06:26:00Z
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Top 10Reseller

I would definitely recommend this solution. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

2020-11-08T19:23:51Z
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Top 5Real User

I'm not sure of the exact version of the solution we are using. It might be version 15. I'm technically a Cisco vendor. I would recommend this solution to others. On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate this solution at a nine.

2020-10-30T19:12:22Z
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Top 20Real User

This is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2020-10-27T13:19:57Z
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Top 20Real User

Advice that I would give others who are not using this Cisco solution is that maintenance is not a big deal for Cisco products. They deliver on customer support if it is even necessary at all. The Cisco team is always available to provide you the facts about the root cause of any problem or to answer any question. Because they have an excellent knowledge base, you can even research things and find solutions on your own. Whether you need this kind of dependability will have to do with your use case. If you are working on some kind of critical industry or environment, you can trust Cisco to be a reliable solution. But if you do not have very critical operations, you want to review other options. Cisco might be a solution you would pay more for and you do not really need it. If you do not need it, then you can go with another product like Juniper or Dell — or any vendor or solution that can supply the services and capabilities that you actually need. But knowing that depends on evaluating your situation and the reality of what you need to do. On a scale from one to ten where one is worst and ten is the best, I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches in terms of technology and all the capabilities as a whole as a seven right now. It is a seven to me just because there are problems that I see. The consideration of the rating is just not about the technical capabilities and documentation which are excellent. The problem is that they charge you for what they have supplied that you wanted as well as what they make it mandatory to buy. In the licensing, they include licensing for architecture, for new parts, for the software design, and for the future scheduled upgrades they have over the term of the contract. All these additional things are bundled in the licensing costs. The end-user can not exclude things from the license when you license the new switch. So even if there are items that you feel are not required for you as an end customer, they go on the billing.

2020-07-27T07:17:41Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend it because it's a good solution that gives you security and is easy to use. I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten. They respond to all of our needs.

2020-07-16T06:21:00Z
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Top 5Real User

This solution has been good to us, it's very solid. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.

2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Our environment includes a heterogeneous network. It's not all in the same place geographically, where some of the servers are in India, some are in Delhi, some are in Mumbai, London, Chicago, and Brazil. The monitoring of the device is in the day-to-day operations. We don't have a lot of traffic, we run simulations. We need high-capacity servers. In terms of network devices, we don't need much. When we need better switches or better devices, we have Nexus. They are used so that there is the lowest latency possible and maximum throughput. We have point-to-point lead lines to connect to those sites, as well as architect tunnels. Overall, it's a very robust switch and it's very nice. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Last year, we were Cisco partners, but something happened and Cisco made some changes to its partnership requirements. Right now, we are working on re-establishing the partnership with Cisco. We'd like to be partners again. We are planning to be a distributor. For the moment, however, now that we are waiting on the partnership, we're more of an integrator. We have deployed on-premises mostly and also a hybrid version sometimes. It depends on what the customer wants and what fits best for their needs. It also depends on the model that you are talking about. On the Catalyst switches, as far as I know, the models vary from types of deployments and features. Some features are only available on applicable switches. In terms of advice I would give to other companies, I'd say that I like both Meraki and Cisco. I don't really prefer one over the other. It depends on the situation which one makes the most sense. Both are very large solutions but I could recommend either. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. I really do love Catalyst switches.

2020-06-15T07:34:05Z
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Top 20Real User

The company I work with is a Premium Cisco partner. I've even based my career around Cisco vendors. The solution is on a Private Cloud that we are renting (including equipment and the data center space and the LANs). We have obtained everything from Alban India, and our customers are mostly on our product site with the cloud. The customers include various financial companies, payment providers, etc. We're a systems integrator. I would easily rate the solution ten out of ten. It's really great. In terms of advice for other companies, I'd say that whether Cisco would work for them or not depends on the size of the network they want to cover. The small and midsize network users just really don't need to spend that amount of money on Cisco equipment, but the larger organizations and mission-critical environments definitely require Cisco.

2020-06-15T07:33:54Z
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Real User

This is a product that works find and I definitely recommend it. Interface-wise, it is pretty straightforward and I haven't had any issues with it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-06-14T08:03:05Z
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Top 20Real User

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to design the system well before deploying it. You have to consider all of the aspects and all of the options. Always beware. If there is a 1% chance of failure then consider it to be a 90% failure rate because when it fails, you will have options. Always have a plan A, B, C, and D. In my experience, sometimes all of the plans will fail, and sometimes the first one succeeds. I can't give them a perfect market but they undeniably are of good quality. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-04-16T08:44:38Z
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User

Overall, I'm satisfied with this solution.

2019-11-12T17:21:00Z
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Real User

This is a solid solution. When choosing them vs others, it all depends on your budgeting, previous environment, expertise, and training needs.

2019-10-28T13:50:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it an eight and a half out of ten. They should develop more customization features. It would make things easier for the engineers.

2019-03-06T07:41:00Z
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Real User

Overall, I can say that the Cisco Catalyst Solution is a very stable product. Technical support is good from our experience. Everybody seems to know and work well with the tool, including management cross-functionally it's a tool that we enjoy using. I would rate it an eight out of ten. The only reason I'm not giving this solution a slightly high rating is due to the fact that we are seeing improvements in the new series of this solution. What we are seeing and what we are expecting are great improvements; the management team likes the new type of architecture we are seeing in the new series of the tool.

2019-02-12T10:09:00Z
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Consultant

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.

2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the prices. I would advise someone considering this solution to check out all of your options and go back to Cisco.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Real User

Look at the pricing. If you can afford it, buy it. I would rate it a nine out of ten. I like it, it works.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because we are highly satisfied with all of their products but with the newer products, some parts have problems that take a while to fix. I would say to go for Cisco. It is a stable and quality solution.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Vendor

The most important thing I can say is that Cisco is using a proprietary protocol, so you should design your network accordingly so that you don't get vendor lock. I would rate Cisco Catalyst a seven out of 10 because of the pros and the cons I have noted.

2018-08-29T09:31:00Z
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Real User

Consider your business requirements and only select the needed functions/features, to avoid over-complex solutions. I rate Catalyst a nine out of 10 because the product is extremely mature and reliable.

2018-08-28T08:04:00Z
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Consultant

I would definitely have colleagues go for Cisco Catalyst. It's a pretty good product, stable, and reliable. Most important when selecting a vendor are that the connection should be stable, it should have good support, and it should not be really complex to configure. I would rate Cisco Catalyst at nine out of 10. The one point I'm leaving is for the improvement I spoke about. There is always room for improvement. Cisco Catalyst is pretty good. I have never faced any issues or challenges with it.

2018-08-28T08:04:00Z
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Real User

The configuration is simple and the support is good. The equipment for networking is the best for an organization. It's working very well. I rate Catalyst at 10 out of 10 because of the performance and support.

2018-08-28T08:04:00Z
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MSP

The main thing is that Catalyst has been around for quite a long period. Cisco is one of the leaders in campus area networks, so investing in Catalysts, given that they are reliable, is safe. My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are the * product knowledge * support from the vendor and the availability of the technical staff to support it. I would give a Cisco Catalyst a nine out of 10 because most campus networks use Cisco and it is one of the best campus network switches. Its performance is quite good, it’s seamless, and stability-wise it is good.

2018-08-26T08:57:00Z
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Consultant

If you need any support you can find it easily on their website, including documentation. You can reach out to Cisco's virtual team. Cisco gives any type of support needed to their partners. I give Cisco Catalyst a 10 out of 10. It's scalable, resilient, and has rich features in terms of Layer 2, Layer 3, QoS. They have real vision.

2018-08-26T08:57:00Z
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Real User

Do a comparison with other brands and look at their features. The main Cisco Catalyst features are that it is scalable and reliable. These are two things you should look into when doing your comparison. I would rate Cisco Catalyst at eight out of 10. It's reliable, the features are quite full-fledged, and it's scalable.

2018-08-23T08:15:00Z
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Real User

I will always tell you to go with Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series. That is the one to go with because you never know - any day, Cisco could make certain devices or certain components of a switch end-of-life. That is always a concern for our customers: "Are you giving me a product that is not end-of-life?. Will it not go end-of-life in the coming years? I need that assurance." I always tell customers to take a device that is very new so at least it's unlikely to go end-of-life in the near future. So Catalyst 9000 is the one we are positioning because it has a lot of new features, plus it is new in the market. If a customer asks, "Should I go with 3850 or the 9000 Series, I will say that they should go with 9000 Series because the 3850 is an older version and costs almost the same. The 3850 has been on the market for a longer time. You never know when it will go end-of-life in the coming five years or seven years. I would rate Catalyst at eight out of 10, from my experience. I have mentioned, above, a couple of things that Cisco can come up with, technically as well as commercially. All these aspects lead me to rate it an eight. Those technical and commercial differences mean we have to work hard.

2018-08-23T08:15:00Z
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Consultant

I would give this solution an eight out of 10. To get to a 10, it should become more open-source friendly, more customizable, easy to configure, and less complex in terms of the licensing.

2018-08-19T07:14:00Z
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Real User

If you are considering going for a Dell or Cisco or Huawei, even certain other products out there, Dell has really good performance, and Huawei is also doing really well. ZTE is there, certain other organizations are there. But I always pitch good solutions for Cisco. I do that because Cisco has a variety of products, and Cisco has an enterprise-class solution. Whenever we are providing solutions to our customers, we have to consider security. On that basis, Cisco has a variety of security products. They have IAC, they have good sandboxing with Threat Grid. They have a benchmarking monitoring system. Then they have ESA and WSA. They have FirePOWER. They have a major cloud system security for Talos. Whenever you find Cisco is not actually putting the emphasis on perimeter fire-walling, they are saying "Save your endpoints. Secure your network. Monitor your network." Do surveillance. On that basis I find, even if you go through the incident case analysis globally, you'll find that most of the incidents in the last eight or 10 years are happening inside a network. We need to focus on the internal user network. Cisco has a really good option, a one-dashboard option for maintaining and surveilling your entire network. So I give my customers a Cisco pitch, for that reason. Overall, I am really happy with the 2960G switches, 2960-XR switches, but not that fond of 3560 switches and 3650 switches. And I am really a fan of 3850 switch, considering its performance.

2018-08-19T07:14:00Z
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Real User

I have been working with Catalyst switches for 10 years. Cisco support is among the best there is. Use it.

2018-08-09T06:47:00Z
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Real User

I would suggest looking into the Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X. It has a lower price than the C3850 and high performance, but the CLI is different.

2018-08-07T13:21:00Z
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Real User

It's a very good product but the price is high, so I would rate it at eight out of 10. Overall, it's worth it. Cisco switches have rich functionality.

2018-08-02T11:48:00Z
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