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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

HPE Networking Switches

In our small to medium business we made HPE switches our staple data closet switch and also our core layer 3 for routing. The reliability, stability, and ease of management were all key factors for our size business with limited IT resources. Many of the switches would be up for over a year, and then only down for patching. Several of our switches are probably 7 or 8 or more years old and still doing what we need them to do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

HPE Networking Switches

  • Quality: The HP switches are built very well. In the 12 years that I have been working with Procurve, I have deployed them in challenging environments. Some of these environments include manufacturing plants, rooms where ventilation is somewhat poor, causing the switch to work at warmer temps, and inside of control panels for various engineering projects located in hot deserts. These switches have lasted me for 10+ years. 6-Months ago I had to replace a switch for a friend that was installed in 2010. The switch was still working when we pulled it from the rack, we just needed to move to a POE model.
  • Dependability: Working with HP switches, I have never had issues with lockups, unknown transmission, dead ports, or firmware updates. Once you put one in, it stays up until you are ready to replace it.
  • Affordable: My motivation of going with HP is because I don't care for the cost of Cisco or the need for a proprietary training. I am a big fan of the open platform. This means that we are able to deploy these quicker, save money on the expense, and have a greater range of support. We get everything we need from a modern switch, without breaking the bank.
Jeff Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

HPE Networking Switches

  • The ability to find firmware images or other resources could be a lot easier.
  • Nothing else I can think of.
Joe Casas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

HPE Networking Switches

No score
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Usability

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

HPE Networking Switches

No score
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Support Rating

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

HPE Networking Switches

HPE Networking Switches 8.5
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

Alternatives Considered

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

HPE Networking Switches

Cisco Meraki, Rukus & Fortinet
Thayer Ramahi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

HPE Networking Switches

  • The initial savings is the first positive. I get everything I need and expect from a modern switch, at near half the cost of a Cisco.
  • Second, I typically plan everything for a 5-Year Life-cycle. I am getting an average 7+ years out of these switches. Never pulled a dead one from a rack.
  • Open platform means more options for support and no need for proprietary training.
Jeff Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX 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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