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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Product Scalability
  • Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are tied in 3 areas: Availability, Performance, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

92%
45 Ratings
8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

88%
39 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
8.2

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

82%
5 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
10.0

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

100%
3 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

77%
6 Ratings
9.5

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

95%
15 Ratings

In-Person Training

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Online Training

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

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 9300 Series Switches

One of the best switch series available today from Cisco is the Catalyst 9300 Series [Switches]. They work as well as other Cisco enterprise products and are just as dependable. It's difficult to just turn these things on and forget about them with the new licensing model. After inserting the smart-licensing token into the switch, one of two options must be granted: internet access or no internet access. We will have to purchase three years of auto-renewing DNA licensing and licensing is a costly venture. Nonetheless, I have yet to encounter anything that I do not enjoy. Since the deployments, we've had a period of trouble-free operation.
Mst Rahima Khatun | 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 9300 Series Switches

  • [Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches] provide[s] a stable, reliable switching platform. Typically I end up deploying these and once the configuration is dialed into what the need is I rarely ever have to bother with them again!
  • Multi-speed interfaces are handy if you are using newer Cisco APs.
  • StackPower cables give interesting power sharing options for 9300s living in the same space.
Derek Benson | 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 9300 Series Switches

  • Ability to do routing network packets.
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch.
  • The price a little bit high.
  • Strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking.
Anonymous | 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 9300 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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 5 answers
Catalyst isn't even the family, it's bigger than that. The current "family" is the catalyst 9000 series. And Cisco keeps pushing the edge of the envelope with each new family.
Anonymous | 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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 10.0
Based on 3 answers
I love them
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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
If you install the C9300 as a switch stack, the availability is amazing. This can even be a power stack setup, where the chassis power supplies can provide power redundancy for the other member switch chassis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
The C9300 is surfficiently spec'ed to support all the features it provides. We haven't yet experienced any hardware limitations, unless there's a loop in the network, which spanning-tree should take care of anyway
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.5
Based on 15 answers
Honestly it really depends on who is going to take your case. You may need to contact your Cisco account manager if you don't get good support from the TAC.
Lately the 3850 and 9300 switches are affected by several bugs and sometimes it is frustrating when it's faster if you research the problem by yourself instead of rely on Cisco support. On the other hand I found also some really talented people in the cisco support team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Cisco Networking Academy partners with many local Colleges and High Schools to provide great hands-on training. You do need to drive to learn the topic. The in-class session only go so far. You really need to apply this to the real world. Cisco makes it easy for business to connect via CLC or Cisco Learning Credits.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Our training for Cisco switches came from a third party instructor, e.g. CBT Nuggets. This was general training on switches and not in particular only the C9300 series. Nevertheless any hands-on experience from any other Cisco switching platform, will make you feel very acquainted with the C9300. The new switch platform just enables more perfomance and features.
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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
It's essential to spend a few weeks on a Proof of Concept/Value test, to ensure that the equipment is ready for production. It's extremely hard to revert back to older hardware later. This testing period will also be a great opportunity for hardware burn-in, which will reveal any potential hardware failure due to production defects, etc
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9300 Series Switches

We used HP ProCurves at our old office. They offered cheap switching, lots of ports, and lifetime warranties, but you realistically got what you paid for. They were often times confounding, and much more difficult to integrate together and with our firewalls. QoS was pretty much a lost cause on them. We also had many issues with dead ports. While they were covered under warranty, having to take an entire 48 port module offline to get the defective port replaced was quite cumbersome and caused some outages.The inability to push multiple VLAN's across a single port was also a huge impediment, necessitating two ports per cube, whereas we can accomplish the same thing with one port per desk with the Catalyst 9300's
Kurt Ferguson | 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 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It seems like a very robust platform, which Cisco is constantly evolving with new features and possibilities. The standard network module gives the opportunity to customize the uplink interfaces, in both bandwidth and SFP type
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9300 Series Switches

  • The list price of the switch is almost equivalent to the cost for the previous Catalyst Switch models, which is good for the business financial plan.
  • The dedicated management switch port is much easier for out-of-band management purposes.
  • Catalyst 9300 is not compatible with the old switch model, which is a bit challenging for migration in some situations.
Roger Qian | TrustRadius Reviewer

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