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Score 9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

These are excellent in a large environment that does not have a nice central software to roll out firmware automatically. With the 6880 paired with the 6800ia switches, you can configure all the ports centrally from the MDF switch. Not a good place would be an environment that already has a large-scale rollout of 2960x switches with Prime for management.
Tim Lillis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited for those that enjoy software headaches and double-dipping support contracts (SmartNet and DNA Advantage). Cisco introduced the platform without clear documentation on licensing (our involvement was the onus for Cisco to create clear documentation at the cost of our time and frustration), configurations (dropping GLBP yet allowing it to be configured), features (selling us Stack Wise as replacement for GLBP) or intentions (we purchased the 9407 to replace a currently supported 6509 and literally a week or two after purchase, Cisco dropped the 9600 series as the replacement for the 6500-E series). The pains in Cisco licensing, software quality and lack of transparency in regards to hardware and features is disheartening
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • Access switches
  • Colapse Core switch
  • Many redundancy functions, depending on the model, there are stacks, VSS, even working separately provide L3 redundancy with HSRP for example
Bryan Valverde Piedra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Dual supervisors and up to 6 power supplies keep them running continuously.
  • Multigig ports and a high throughput backplane keeps the data flowing as fast as users need.
Eric Stearns | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • More comprehensive statistics and debuging tools in the IGMP and IGMP snooping area.
  • Better ways to apply logging filters (messages you want to ommit being logged in the system) - based on regex.
Ivan Tushev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • We've run into a few bugs on IOS-XE, particularly earlier versions.
  • Many of the cool and necessary features being touted by Cisco require newer versions of IOS-XE (16.9.X and up). As of 6/15/19, the recommended MD is still 16.5.X, which we prefer to use for stability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Usability

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

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches 8.7
Based on 2 answers
They are easy to get a hold of and are very effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

When 9500 switches were introduced, it gave us more processing power, more reliability and more features than Cisco Catalyst 6800. It's even ready for DNA implementation.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Due to the good performance and simple operation, as well as the good price-performance ratio, we quickly decided on these models.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • Able to quickly deploy these as we use them throughout our entire infrastructure.
  • Saves us time from learning other vendors switching products as we already know how Cisco products operate.
Greg Fuller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Don't need to buy services - lifetime warranty
  • Stability - even 10 year old devices are still running and doing the job
  • Sometimes lines of products are on the market for a very short time (eg. 6800 instant access) - it is hard to buy equipment to make the network bigger.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

General

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

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