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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
  • Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

92%
45 Ratings
9.4

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

94%
16 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
3 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
8.6

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

86%
2 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

77%
6 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst [2960-X/XR Series] switches are the gold standard for networking gear, they just work and if you do run into issues, Cisco TAC support is world-class and will work with you until it's resolved. During issues and outages knowing we have TAC is a great tool. They perform well while stacking and offer the base functionality every standard corporate network should need. If you have team members that are shy around a command line there will be a learning curve or heavy use of web interface tools that are not as built out as the CLI command-line interface.
kevin mcgillicuddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst [6800 Series] Switches provide good selection of models with various port densities and capabilities. We use Catalyst switches in most location in various functional setups. Chassis switches in Data Centers, stacks of multiple switches at many locations within campus, 24-48 port models at larger branches for routing and switching.
Jurek Plona | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • I haven't worked on many other brands of routers/switches, but I can say with certainty that Cisco's IOS network operating system is very well written. Using the question mark helps you find a command or complete its options very easily.
  • Cisco's Catalyst documentation is superb and if you can't find what you're looking for there, you can find a ton of great blogs by certified Cisco engineers.
  • Cisco may be notorious for creating their own proprietary protocols, but for every proprietary protocol they also support the industry standard protocols.
  • Cisco Catalyst switches are genuine workhorses; we still have some switches on our network that are older than 10 years and still performing great!
  • I like the way Catalyst implements vlans; very easy and straightforward
  • I like the stacking capability of Catalyst. it's very easy to configure and you are now managing a single switch, composed of multiple switches
Omar Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • In general Cisco Catalyst Switches are a nice piece of kit both in hardware and software.
  • You can keep these guys running for years without nary a reboot necessary.
  • Even if you have to reboot you have multiple fail overs and redundancies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • Cost. Always the downside with Cisco. The competition is cheaper.
  • Tech support used to be incredible. It is above average now but not like it was 10+ years ago.
  • Better support for third-party cables and SFP/SFP+ would be nice. I hate being warned in the logs that I'm not using a Cisco OEM accessory.
  • I wish they could upgrade the stack without taking the whole stack offline. This is a real issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • There are some known bugs that cause interface errors and are listed as "cosmetic" and they do not plan to address them. This makes troubleshooting very difficult to determine what are real errors and what are cosmetic.
  • We have had a few batches that get stuck in random reboots.
  • Cisco foolishly has discontinued R&D for this line of Catalyst when they were finally showing some innovation that set them apart from other vendors.
Tim Lillis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Cisco has great products, easy to deploy, configure, and manage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Because they work well at what they do. They are highly innovative with their hub and spoke firmware deployment. Once again Cisco was extremely stupid to stop R and D on them.
Tim Lillis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
very easy to navigate the CLI
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Cisco Catalyst switches are the standard for usability. The Cisco command line is 1 of 2 formats for a command line interface in the computer networking industry. They literally define the standard for the industry, so naturally the usability is going to be high -- simply because that's what everyone uses. I rated them as 9 because they have some consistency issues within the IOS for different versions/platforms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Always in stock
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
uptime meets expectations
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 7.7
Based on 6 answers
Product support is one area that Cisco leads the field in. Other vendors try providing technical support for their products. When I purchase catalyst switches I know that "IF" I where to have a problem with one of my Cisco Catalyst switches that I can either open a TAC case online or over the phone and a knowledgeable person will be able to help me with what ever the issue is.
David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 4 answers
They are easy to get a hold of and are very effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
usually pretty seamless into existing deployments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

We've selected Catalyst Switches because of its widespread documentation , great hardware, and the best manufacturer support.They can be stacked as a unique switch increasing the port number, manageability and reducing the uplink and broadcast traffic among many cascaded switches. Cisco always there to support us anytime when we in need of their support so no disappointments we feel anytime using these products.
Raman Sehgal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

The Juniper lineup offers better pricing versus the Cisco line up but you do definitely lose some hardware prowess, and stability that you can count on with Cisco devices. Also the support is not as robust from Juniper as it can take longer and be more frustrating getting a support ticket going with them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Switch stacking feature is flawless
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • The organization was able to create a standardization of a single access switch model in our regional office and helped with equipment management.
  • We've increased network security.
  • We were able to connect WiFi access points without the need for an external source because they are power over ethernet.
Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • It's all about making the right choice in the right time. Let's face it - CISCO Catalyst switches are not cheap. But if you take the time to research and design your network the ROI rate will be faster than you imagine. Having a stable and scalable network is the most important aspect of Catayst - upgrading the core and backbone infrastructure allows you to push the older devices to the outer edges of the network or to new, under/undeveloped regions.
Ivan Tushev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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