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Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst Switches

[Cisco] Catalyst Switches are not cheap so they are great option if you have enough budget, also your network administrators will need deep technical knowledge (Cisco offers a wide range of technical resources though) but if you want to have a less specialized team you may want to check other options like Meraki (other high profile Cisco products)
humberto martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Pros

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Stability and Reliability - We have not had many failures over the past years using Cisco Catalyst switches.
  • Flexibility - Cisco Catalyst switches offers a wide portfolio of switching equipment which can address a variety of needs. This includes switches with stacking and non-stacking capability, fixed rackmount and chassis options which can be mounted in data centre racks and and also compact switching which may be more feasible for small SOHO offices.
  • Scalable Performance - Cisco Catalyst switches offers various port speeds from 1Gbps 10Gbps, 100Gbps etc. This is available in both copper (RJ45) and fibre (SFP). Many models also offer a variety of uplink speed options which future proofs the invest in Cisco technologies allowing us to upgrade depending on our changing business requirements and available budgets.
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Cons

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Would like to see a second power supply so it can get power from two different sources.
  • Hard to find a USB flash drive that will work when loading images for upgrade.
  • IOS upgrades are a pain to perform. Upgrades should be an easy process. Would like to perform the upgrade through a web browser.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

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

Usability

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.5
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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

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 9.1
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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

Performance

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 7.3
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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

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches 9.0
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We rarely have issues with the product. I have only had to contact support one time since we put it in and that was to see if another vendor was giving me accurate information on an issue I was having.
Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.5
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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

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

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

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst Switches

* Arista Switches** Arista switches are great, don't get me wrong, but the lack of PoE support, the lack of stacking, has really hindered their entry way into the campus market, 99% of my use cases are campus switching for end users, not data center, in this market, cisco wins hands down every time.
Dustin Reeves | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches 8.9
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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

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Cisco catalyst switches have allowed our networks to run smoothly with no interruptions.
  • These switches are scalable so we were able to add more switches as needed, without interrupting the network activity.
  • Automation techniques allowed us to deploy configuration with minimum effort.
Andrew Yudin, MBA/CCNP | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

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Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst Switches

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

General

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

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