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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco switches are suitable for a user stack. Port Channel connections can only be created when the maximum per port is a GB. A scenario in which it is not very good is when it is used as distribution equipment and therefore the route and its capacity are not adequate for those scenarios.
Saira Sandoval | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

They are best suited for edge switching applications. We do have a couple in the data center doing legacy copper VM hosts that perform ok. But edge switching is most definitely the best suited, at least in our specific situation. I know that some of the higher end catalyst switches have the ability to do layer 3 functionality, but that's not something that we've personally delved into with the catalyst line.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • They provide the ability to segment traffic
  • They provide the ability to apply security to certain VLAN's when needed
  • Troubleshooting is easy with interface outputs and mirror ports
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • Connects various switches via trunks for network accessibility to departments
  • Ability to do routing network packets
  • VLANS for departments have been created successfully
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch
Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Definitely could improve on the pricing. We are pleased with them but you definitely pay a premium to obtain and maintain support on them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • Web interface. A fully functional web interface with all configuration capabilities would help for admins with less experience.
  • They need built in monitoring that gives real statistics and other data.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Catalyst offers a wide range of switch solutions that have supported the needs that we have. Couple that with their relatively easy to use IOS interface, our staff is able to adequately manage these devices without needing advanced training. Cisco has also provided great support whenever there was a situation that we could not resolve concerning these switches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 2.1
Based on 2 answers
We are extremely happy with the Cisco Catalyst series and don't have any reason to switch. As long as we continue to get great use and service out of the products we'll continue to use them for the foreseeable future.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.6
Based on 2 answers
I have used CAtalyst switches for both access layer and core switch setups, and have always had a good experience with them. They have been super reliable switches, and I'll be using them in the future. The ease of use allows us to deploy these switches in a variety of setups without difficulty, and low turnaround time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco by and far does a great job with the Catalyst line. From a layer 2 dumb switch all the way up to ISP carrier grade switching within the Catalyst portfolio. The best part about it is command parity among the various tiers of product. The only differences are going to lie in what features are available per switch.
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I have had only 2 outrages in 18 years. Really a very reliable piece of technology Cisco has there
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I thing high level (executive) level reports should be automatically generated since budget comes from general and financial manager who usually don't care about technical details
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.6
Based on 2 answers
Documentation is excellent. Haven't had to contact tech support yet. Updates are frequent and of good quality.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches 8.4
Based on 3 answers
Most of the time, the TAC is totally on their game. Occasionally, we run into a support person that either wants to hold on to the ticket, or seems to be disinterested. Language can sometimes be a barrier.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It is very important to have a checklist of the different deployment options before beginning. Normally you have to spend a 4-hour session with your implementation partner to get things to work faster. Remember they have the technical knowledge but not the business knowledge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

For many years now Cisco Switches have been the pinnacle of network switches. They continue to provide industry-leading quality that is unmatched by any other switching competitor in the market. Yes, some competitors make cheaper switches, but the Cisco switches provide many enhanced features and capabilities that make them stand out above the rest. Troubleshooting issues on Cisco switches are so much easier than on any other competitors' switch.
Steven Van Jaarsveld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

In the past, I had several opportunities to test a lot of network devices from a slightly lower tier and several from the same price range as the 3560-CX. Let's immediately note that compared to cheaper switches, these are several classes higher in terms of stability and capability. As far as a similar price range is concerned, the competing solutions also have comparable stability, but I noticed that Cisco devices give much more configuration possibilities and better features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Need more graphical user interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Estabilidad del negocio // Good for maintaining business stability
  • Te olvidasa de problemas de swiching // You can forget about having issues related to your switches
Heber Carvajal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

  • Expansion has been made in our organization. We recently use a 24 port switch but as the company grew, we required a more robust switch
  • Core switches are able to do MPLS to reach other locations
  • Most switches are now 48 port and support fiber ports not only Gigabit ports
Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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