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December 08, 2020
Score 7 out of 10
These switches were introduced as they offer PoE capabilities to power our various wireless access points in the office. With VLAN and port segregation it allows us to build logical separation of our departments. Features like blink ports or chassis allows for easy identification in the rack. With the integration into our management-console we don't need to fiddle on the ios-console anymore. However, that is still an option of course.
- Supports latest PoE standards with lots of power reserve.
- Easy management thanks to integration in management-interfaces.
- Offers everything you'd expect from a SOHO switch.
- If you're not used to how Cisco names stuff you might search a while to find the right option.
- Sometimes active- and backup configuration can be a bit confusing.
- The price tag is rather high. You might be able to save with cheaper brands if you don't need all the features it offers.
Well suited for small to medium office spaces. This is not a switch you'd put in your data center, as it misses a redundant power supply or complex failover mechanisms. It does come with port-trunking, VLAN, etc. which makes it still very versatile. If you're comfortable on the console or use configuration management tools you'll get your network set up in no time.
This really depends on your experience. If you have your CCNA you'll have no issue whatsoever to get this thing running. Also, if you're just looking into a reliable switch with no high needs, it is plug and play.
If you plan on complex network setup, it is highly recommended to use a management-tool and not fiddle directly on the switch anymore.
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The usability will feel natural to frequent Cisco users and a bit harder to navigate if you're new to the system. If you're limited to a small rack, maybe even in a not climate controlled environment the fan-less models with less energy consumption are a pro. With PoE you can deploy your network hardware anywhere you have a network socket: Thin Clients, APs, Sensors, you name it. The integrated power monitoring tells you how much power each client consumes and how much you have left.
December 15, 2020
Score 9 out of 10
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches are used to power several small to medium-sized offices and other customer-facing endpoints that are highly critical to our organization. The resilience, reliability, performance, and flexible support options give us the assurance that business operations have reasonable mitigation against failure, bottlenecks, and extended periods of downtime.
- Excellent throughput/performance.
- High resilience/reliability.
- Best-in-class enterprise support.
- Pricing could be improved.
- Feature set/performance at this price point is not as attractive as competitors.
- Integration/interoperability with non-Cisco products could be improved.
The Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series of Switches are best suited for critical environments within an organization that requires highly available endpoints on a small to medium scale. Cisco products can be somewhat expensive compared to the alternatives, but these may not provide the level of assurance that Cisco is known for. Larger scale critical environments may benefit from the 3000x or 9000x series. For non-critical and/or low-budget environments, there are more cost-effective alternatives.
We have found that the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series were simple to install and configure. Your network infrastructure team will not need to become CCNA certified to figure out their way around these devices. Basic functionality and integration can be done without having to undergo a difficult learning curve. As a result, management and maintenance effort has also been reduced.
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We have found that Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches are highly optimized pieces of hardware that are perfect for their target environments. Smaller, simpler designs allow for more relaxed network room/cabinet requirements and PoE functionality have even allowed for micro-segmentation of CCTV and VoIP devices in certain areas without the need for additional hardware.
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What is Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches?
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches provide enterprise-grade network access sized for small businesses. With a wide range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) and port combinations, the solution is presented by the vendor as easy-to-manage switches that provide the performance a modern small office needs.
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Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches are designed to provide simplicity, flexibility, and security for smaller networks preparing for growth. With a wide range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) and port combinations, these switches are built to fit the needs of networks with up to 250 users and lean IT support.
The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches are from Enterprises and the Telecommunications industry.