3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued) vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued)
Score 5.1 out of 10
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3Com Baseline Switches (also known as HP Baseline Switches) was a brand of Ethernet switches, owned by Hewlett-Packard since 2009 and divested to HC3 when 3Com assets were sold. The product line is no longer available.N/A
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Cisco offers Ethernet switches.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Best Alternatives
3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued)Cisco Ethernet Switches
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
ExtremeSwitching
ExtremeSwitching
Score 9.0 out of 10
ExtremeSwitching
ExtremeSwitching
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Meraki MS
Cisco Meraki MS
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued)Cisco Ethernet Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued)Cisco Ethernet Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
H3C Technologies
As our company is growing we need to be able to upgrade our equipment. It is great for smaller companies.
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Cisco
Cisco is a name well known in the IT field. The technology is tried and true and they have built a reputation on a solid platform. Though many people do not like the cost of the devices and the continued fees associated with long term ownership, you get what you pay for. I dont hesitate to recommend Cisco because I know people will get a solid product that will last a long time.
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Pros
H3C Technologies
  • Great product used on a budget.
  • It gets the job done.
  • Better switches than most competitors.
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Cisco
  • Easy setup and configuration. While the web UI has its quirks, setting up VLANs and other tasks which can be exceedingly complicated on other switches, are much easier on Cisco SG switches. You also have the ability to upload an existing configuration to switches, which can speed up the task of deploying many identical switches.
  • Features for the price. Getting a 48 port L3 switch with PoE+ for less than $2,000 is a great value.
  • Reliability. We have hundreds of the SG switches in dozens of client sites, many in harsh conditions, and they just keep going.
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Cons
H3C Technologies
  • Our network is slow.
  • Feels like things are not working properly at times.
  • Old equipment.
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Cisco
  • The web UI has taken a turn for the worse with the latest firmware on the SGx50 models -- the bifurcation between basic and advanced modes and the changes to the way VLANs are modified is a step backward in my opinion.
  • The power bricks on smaller models are enormous. I'm sure, however, keeping this circuitry external to the switch is what keeps my switches running year after year in hot environments.
  • Fans can be a bit loud on larger switches -- this is true of pretty much any 1U device though.
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Likelihood to Renew
H3C Technologies
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Cisco
for their relialiabilty
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Alternatives Considered
H3C Technologies
I used Cisco and Cisco is a great product but more on the expensive side. This is a great product for smaller companies.
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Cisco
Cisco is more enterprise level, more reliable, and generally more feature rich but also very expensive. That being said old or refurbished Cisco switches are much more affordable and in comparison to even new switches from the competitor they are still a great value even though they are used. I like Ubiquiti switches as well but Cisco is usually better overall.
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Return on Investment
H3C Technologies
  • Great price.
  • Great product for small company.
  • It was great before we expanded.
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Cisco
  • Failure on Cisco Switches, from my experience, is rare in the first 5 years the device is up.
  • I have see the Cisco 6500 switches go 5 years without a reboot, which is nothing short of amazing.
  • The service that you get is top notch and available 24/7, and you really cannot put a price on that.
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