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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Cisco Meraki MS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

94%
17 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Meraki MS

90%
40 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
3 Ratings
10.0

Cisco Meraki MS

100%
1 Rating

Usability

8.6

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

86%
2 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
4 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Meraki MS

89%
25 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Meraki MS

90%
20 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
4 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

91%
4 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

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.
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Cisco

Great for a small office or for organizations that have minimal IT resources or needs. If you need a secure, easy-to-manage, set it and forget it solution, Meraki is definitely worth a look, though I would not consider it low budget. Be careful if you need layer 3 advanced features, DHCP server functionality, etc., as these features are found in the "higher-end" models.
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Pros

Cisco

  • 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.
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Cisco

  • Meraki MS switches are wonderful at allowing a network admin to configure a VPN mesh network without having to have highly specialized knowledge. Unlike Cisco switches, there is no CLI, there is only a GUI, and Meraki support helps you set it up as you add nodes to your network.
  • Meraki MS switches are easy to deploy. Full stop.
  • They can work with any firewall or ASA but I would strongly recommend using the Meraki MX security appliance if you are going to use Meraki MS switches because they were made to work together.
  • They easily stack. It's all done for you in the Meraki cloud control panel.
  • They will get an address from your admin VLAN's DHCP scope and keep it. Even if you unplug it and move it, you will not have to worry about addressing it.
  • The GUI is online and you can reach it from anywhere, so as long as you have the credentials, you can manage the network from any device that has a browser.
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Cons

Cisco

  • 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.
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Cisco

  • People who are coming from enterprise switches or command line options may feel limited
  • If internet is having issue, managing the switches can become more burdensome
  • Switches do not have as many advanced features as enterprise switches
  • Delay in reporting and debugging
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Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Meraki MS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Meraki MS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      Great product and we're always watching for new additions from meraki
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      Usability

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      They are easy to get a hold of and are very effective.
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      Cisco

      Cisco support for the Meraki products is great. I have a dedicated representative who I can reach out to at any time. They offer numerous online resources and easy to follow tutorials to help the most novice user feel like a pro. When I need support they were ready and quickly helped me solve my problems.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      I think that Meraki stacks up well against the competition. I have not found a situation where it does not meet the needs from speed to security. I think that this concept of how it is designed will become a trend of the next few years and the competition has something to learn.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      I give Cisco Meraki gear a near 100% rating for any business in the small to medium-sized business scenario. Only large organizations have certain business needs that Meraki gear may or may not provide the 99.9% uptime IT professionals and management would demand. Cisco Meraki gear is very scalable as an organization grows and makes it easy to scale up and scale out as needed.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • We've had our 6880s in place for years without interference.
      • The 6880s in our environment are not in ideal environmental situations, and they just keep on running.
      • We picked these switches to to suit a need. And they've paid us back in dividends.
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      Cisco

      • One critical business objective was a worry-free network. This is it!
      • Another business objective was to be able to manage my entire network from a single interface. Meraki delivers again! Not having to be in the building to monitor, manage and configure networking equipment is worth the weight of these devices in gold.
      • I wanted to be able to see everything that was happening on my network. Meraki enables that. I can see every device, what each is doing, set alerts for when individual ports go down or the device that is attached stops sending packets, etc. The visibility into my network's performance and security is unprecedented. I never knew what I was missing and I do not want to go back!
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