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Score 9.5 out of 100
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Score 9.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

94%
16 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

89%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
3 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.6

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

86%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
4 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst [6800 Series] Switches provide good selection of models with various port densities and capabilities. We use Catalyst switches in most location in various functional setups. Chassis switches in Data Centers, stacks of multiple switches at many locations within campus, 24-48 port models at larger branches for routing and switching.
Jurek Plona | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Even with the higher price point compared to other vendors, we highly recommend [Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches] to all of our clients. These switches are built to last. [They] make network management very easy and will benefit any business in the long run. Cisco stands behind its product. It is very easy to add additional switches as a network grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • In general Cisco Catalyst Switches are a nice piece of kit both in hardware and software.
  • You can keep these guys running for years without nary a reboot necessary.
  • Even if you have to reboot you have multiple fail overs and redundancies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst Switches are very easy to use and manage.
  • Cisco support it top notch.
  • Very easy to scale up as [the] network infrastructure grows.
Michael Kerzner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • There are some known bugs that cause interface errors and are listed as "cosmetic" and they do not plan to address them. This makes troubleshooting very difficult to determine what are real errors and what are cosmetic.
  • We have had a few batches that get stuck in random reboots.
  • Cisco foolishly has discontinued R&D for this line of Catalyst when they were finally showing some innovation that set them apart from other vendors.
Tim Lillis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • Programming is different from other providers; this has caused some issues with staffing
  • The training opportunities do not provide the basics of programming or migration from other vendors' products.
  • Unless you are willing to purchase renewed switches, cost can be out of line with other vendors
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

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 9600 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 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 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 4 answers
They are easy to get a hold of and are very effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

The Juniper lineup offers better pricing versus the Cisco line up but you do definitely lose some hardware prowess, and stability that you can count on with Cisco devices. Also the support is not as robust from Juniper as it can take longer and be more frustrating getting a support ticket going with them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Cisco is top of the class when it comes to comparing them to other vendors in the network hardware environment. They may have a higher price-point, but they justify it with great support and a very long lifecycle.
Michael Kerzner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

  • It's all about making the right choice in the right time. Let's face it - CISCO Catalyst switches are not cheap. But if you take the time to research and design your network the ROI rate will be faster than you imagine. Having a stable and scalable network is the most important aspect of Catayst - upgrading the core and backbone infrastructure allows you to push the older devices to the outer edges of the network or to new, under/undeveloped regions.
Ivan Tushev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • [There is a] high price point, but [Cisco Catalyst Series Switches] will save [you] in the long run because these switches are reliable and last a very long time.
  • Cisco offers very good support so you can depend on them to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Once techs are trained on Cisco devices, they will be able to save time making changes to networks.
Matt Raup | TrustRadius Reviewer

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