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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches] are great switches for basic routing/switching. If you need a core for your campus, or even distribution layer switches, I would look elsewhere. These are great switches for user switches, printers, access points, etc. Also, this switch would be good to use as a WAN switch upstream of routers/firewalls.
Thomas Osborne | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

HPE Networking Switches are great for most any scenario. They are great with low network load and also high network load. They are not exactly the cheapest solution, so they aren't suited for budget conscious users. They are made to work 24/7 with no interruptions, and they have lived up to that promise for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • They are simple to setup and maintain.
  • Once you have them configured, you won't have to touch them again. They just work!
  • The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches are fanless, so they work perfectly in some of our more rugged locations.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

  • Well priced. There's something for all budgets.
  • Choice of managed and unmanaged models. Not all of our customers require (or want to pay for) managed switches, but many do.
  • Tons of features on the higher end models.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • The ability to easily do packet captures on the cli would be handy
  • I struggle with the log timestamps relative to the actual time on the machine
  • The ability to put control plane ACL's would be nice rather than having to upgrade for vulnerabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

  • The Enterprise management software always seemed less intuitive than the default software.
  • More of the parts could be supported across a wider variety of models.
  • Add-on modules should be cheaper than buying a new switch with modules already installed. So they could really do to serve their customers better with pricing options.
Anonymous | 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

HPE Networking Switches

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Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.9
Based on 3 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

HPE Networking Switches

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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

HPE Networking 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

HPE Networking Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.6
Based on 3 answers
Documentation is excellent. Haven't had to contact tech support yet. Updates are frequent and of good quality.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

HPE Networking Switches 8.4
Based on 2 answers
We have had very little experience with support and nothing for years really. But when we have needed support we always got what we needed in a timely fashion. Basically good support that you would expect from an enterprise class business. Definitely less hoops to jump through getting help or parts than their desktop or printer divisions.
Anonymous | 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

HPE Networking Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst is THE series to use if you want to create stack within your network cabinet. It's really easy in terms of management and installation. As soon as you get familiar with Catalyst stack, you don't want to do something else. The only concern is about the upgrade, because if you have for example a stack of 8 48ports, you will bring down at the same time, potentially around 400 users, so you need to be careful and do it outside of business hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

HP is a Great balance of everything you need, from cost, quality, and manageability. I have worked with Cisco, Dell, and Ubiquiti, as well as many other brands. Each come with their own Pros and Cons, but are all good products. In the end, I go with HP because the product has never done me wrong. Perception is everything. Downtime makes people question the credibility of the IT managing the systems. HP has never put me in a bad spot where the quality of IT is questioned.
Jeff Allen | 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

HPE Networking Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Staffing qualified IT professionals to manage the networks is typically not an issue.
  • Great technical support through service contracts ensures that downtime can be kept to a minimum even when encountering complex issues that go beyond the knowledge of the average IT staff supporting the devices.
  • Cisco products have a great reputation, so it gives us peace of mind knowing we are using a solid industry leading product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Networking Switches

  • I really like the idea of paying for the switches one time and just pay for support going forward. The prices are on the high end but I think it is worth it. I wish they would include all the features in one go so we would not have to pay for every new feature.
Thayer Ramahi | 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

HPE Networking Switches

General

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

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