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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches are enterprise-class network core switches. They are not meant for small to medium size companies or satellite offices. These switches are useful to provide a highly available network backbone where all of your firewalls, edge routers, top-of-rack switches, and fabric interconnects can terminate on a scalable and secure network.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

Well suited for a small business with minimal IT capital.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Offer a large concentration of high speed ports, even supporting PoE.
  • Very robust switches that have a large MTBF.
  • Support all of the enterprise software requirements.
Bart Verbaandert | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • The switches met the data transfer needs of a small business with about 30 users and 4 servers.
  • The web interface was adequate for a business that didn't have the need to dive into a device with a CLI.
  • These were wall mounted. Not the best network design, but small businesses cut corners. The mounting holes helped with this "solution".
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Software needs improvement, where features are added (Stack wise) or removed (GLBP) without solicitation from a wider audience or depreciation, respectively
  • Software bugs recently in basic features like AAA
  • Ability to turn off all unused services or features to reduce the attack surface
  • Cisco CoPP functionality is not like it was on the Cat 6k platform - users cannot create custom policies for use at the control-plane interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • Both switches were the same model number, same firmware. One switch needed to be rebooted about every 5 weeks. This problem was never resolved.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

We ran a proof of concept for HPE and Cisco switches. Cisco won out due to the following:
  • Cisco's positive track record of previous Catalyst switch platforms we've had experience with (2900, 4500, 6500).
  • Large TCAM space to support large ACLs used to lock down endpoint access.
  • Cisco's community is large so it's typically easy to find answers online to questions we have about design, installation, or troubleshooting.
  • Catalyst 9000 is a newer platform than Aruba's switches that were perceived as re-branded HP Procurve switches, which have been around longer. While we can't say for sure this will amount to better ROI, we certainly felt like we'd get more life out of the Cisco 9000s.
  • ROI for Aruba Mobility Access Switches was low due to an unexpected EoS/EoL announcement, affecting our campus access switch deployment. This forced us to replace Aruba MAS switches sooner than expected, leaving a bad taste in our mouth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

The NetGear switches are definitely entry-level switches. They don't have the functionality (or cost) of Dell, HP, nor Cisco. But for the money, a business that is just starting out can't complain.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • The NetGear switches made a positive impact as entry level switches for a startup company.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

General

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

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

General

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

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