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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches are well suited for medium to large enterprise deployments, especially where the distribution and access layer may be collapsed and a device that has more routing capabilities than a 2960 is required. In basic environments where trunking is only required then 2960 switches would be more cost effective and suitable. Depending on the size of the environment these switches may also work well higher up such as in the datacenter with the full fiber models if a higher line rate than 10 Gb isn't required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Still highly recommend this switch over others. Scalability makes these a great choice. Setup and ease of use make the switches something you can implement very quickly with little downtime. Despite the licensing portion, still highly recommend it.
Lochan Kalicharan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • They meet the need in office on a desk to out on a warehouse or factory floor
  • Have the PoE power to support everything a company will need
  • have a matching product for your need from a few ports to 48 PoE port with uplinks that connect back a MDF or DC Distribution
Thomas Surber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • Support of VLAN architecture that in our environment is somewhat complicated
  • Interface well with Fiber backbone provided by third party
  • Secure configuration and operation of network infrastructure
  • Uptime has been outstanding with no outages noted
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • Price point has always been higher and a concern as compared to other products.
  • Ongoing support costs are also pricey, but if you have a large enough quantity installed, you can purchase a couple of spares and self-insure at a lower cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • The annual support can be a killer for some organizations; buying a hot spare can be more feasible
  • BOM for units should be clearer for the procurement teams
  • Firmware upgrades could be simplified for mid-level techs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.6
Based on 3 answers
We rely heavily on this product line and feel comfortable supporting it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Usability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.5
Based on 3 answers
Everything can be improved, the Catalyst devices are great but some more advanced issues get very complex and if you aren't doing it every day it is easy to lose knowledge and need help.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
We have had very few unplanned outages with all of our Cisco Catalyst products. The biggest issue I have seen is when a device has been powered on for a very long time and it gets powered off and reused later. Sometimes, the switch will not come back up. In most cases, these are switches that are way past end of life. I can't say we have really seen any other issues with the availability of the Catalyst family of switches
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
The Catalyst switches on our network perform very well, given the amount of users and servers on our network. We have older Catalyst switches that are at their End of Life, and they are still performing as well as needed
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.5
Based on 4 answers
If I am unable to locate the support I need to complete a task from the data sheets which are provided online I can utilize the other resources available to me. Some of those resources are the Cisco Connection Program Community where there are many questions asked for similar issues or by utilizing the TAC team as mentioned before. Either resource I am able to resolve any issues I experience.
Manuel J Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Automation was the key to minimizing the initial update and configuration.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

All the products that we evaluated we felt were all good products that have plenty to offer but for our edge switches, we felt the 3850 had the most to offer. We were looking for not only a very reliable switch but one with many features that would not get used in a lot of other types of deployments. Juniper came close to providing what we wanted but we didn't feel it offered anything more than the 3850 did, and with our existing relationship with Cisco it simply made sense to stick with the 3850.
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

They have more robust protocols; also you don't need to pay subscription. Pretty much those switches are configured once.
David Orellana | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Catalyst switches are extremely scalable. , using any of the Cisco validated designs. The same family of switches can be used for access, distribution, and core, making the overall integration much smoother. Cisco also supports multi-gigabit ethernet ports to allow for scaling of 1 gbps up to 10 gbps over the same port, using different types of cables, and supports PoE. So you don't have to buy all new switches because access points are suddenly 2.5, 5, or 10 gig uplinks
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

  • Cisco switches have enabled us to deploy the switches and manage them remotely using Cisco management applications. This makes management much easier, without having to telnet into each one to make config changes, thereby lowering support costs.
  • Cisco Catalyst switches enabled us to expand without replacing all of the existing network equipment because of their multi-vendor interoperability.
  • Stable code and quick bug fixes. Bugs that cause major operational or security problems have been extremely rare in my experience which leads to 99.99999 uptime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • The switch is very reliable and for that reason, the operation of a business is very stable and without interruptions.
  • Because it is relatively easy to use, the organization doesn't need very highly qualified engineers.
  • Because of is high price, it is not so good ROI.
Daniel García Arias | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

General

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

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