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Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

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Score 9.2 out of 100

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

The scenario basically consists of more than 30 [Cisco] Catalyst 2960[-X/XR Series] Switches with PoE and are spread over several racks. There is segmentation by vlan by specific departments to avoid broadcast. The switches have a lot of performance, speed and very interesting security features that prevent, for example: arp spoofing, dhscp snopping, acls and others.
José Carvalho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching.The 9500 series also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Daniel Aldridge | 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 9500 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
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 9500 Series Switches

  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
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 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always in stock
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

No score
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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
uptime meets expectations
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

No score
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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 7.7
Based on 3 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 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 8.2
Based on 1 answer
usually pretty seamless into existing deployments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

They are a lot better than the meraki MS switches because they still function and have a console port to configure them off-line and Meraki's fail without the internet access. That being said I personally prefer the nexus switch and the NXOS over IOS. However the Meraki switches are better for a branch location you cannot be at all the time.
Tim Short | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The Catalyst 9400 was not out when we were looking at new core switches. We thought about using a Nexus 9k but neither were as good of a fit as the 9500. Between price and performance it was a no-brainer for us to look at the 9500. We have not nor in the future would we consider other brands for core switching.
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 9500 Series Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • It is very reliable, it has never failed so have never had downtime
  • We got a service contract with our partner so we in the case of an incident we are covered
  • Great performance, it does a great job managing our network traffic
humberto martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • These switches did require a purchase of the DNA license on top of standard switch licensing, even if the functions are no needed in the environment.
  • The increased SFP & QSFP connectivity enabled for faster processing within our compute environment. While the system is too new to quantify the value added in this, it undeniably will help with its ROI.
Daniel Aldridge | 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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

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

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