Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 01, 2020

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches Review

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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
This compact switch is used in our organization in small offices and places with low net drop density. They are rock solid and trustworthy like their standard-size brothers but have a passive cooling system that makes it ideal for places where fan noise is unwanted like network cabinets in offices or rooms where employees reside.
  • Compact size
  • Automation
  • Passive cooling
  • A few more ports would be a benefit
  • They could be cheaper.
  • They could have some more features.
If you need a stable, trustworthy, and reliable switch with a lower number of ports and one that is silent, then Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series is an option for you. If there is no need for advanced routing features Cisco switches are a perfect choice. Our manufacturing business does not require a high-density network, but it needs to be stable to maintain production traffic. In those cases, these are the best and suit our needs.
Currently, we are using custom scripts and third-party software to automate tasks on our access switches, also on 3560-CX. Automation is a great way to streamline your daily work, and with ever-increasing demands and tasks, I would say it is the only way to get the job done. Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series creates a stable and consistent access layer for our company and with that unification of hardware automation giving us even better results.
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Javier Acuna | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 29, 2019

Cisco is Good!

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
It's a switch--it does what switches are supposed to! And helps our business make sure our IT connections are high quality.
  • So we're a banking company, and security is everything, so we really appreciate how Cisco Catalyst Switches help us maintain encryption.
  • It's also really helpful for sending information/communicating specifically for banks.
  • Increased capacity for the switches would be nice.
It could be better at long-distance connections, or remote connections in general.
We don't really use our switches for any of these things (automation, virtualization, analytics), everything is "physical" so to speak and we only use the switches for the most basic functions and they perform well in that regard.
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Victor Victor | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 29, 2020

It's great

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
We use Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches for our Intranet LAN and DC Management LAN.
  • Easy to deploy
  • Working without problems
  • Aggregating speed
  • Connecting third-party devices
When new colleagues come into the company, I can solve their issues easily because of stacking with the Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series.
Now, we are using CLI and configured one-by-one.
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Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 11, 2019

Catalyst 2960X and 3560CX Review

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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
We currently utilize a mixture of Catalyst 2960X and 3560CX switches at our edge in 42 locations throughout our county. Overall we have over 900+ catalyst switches deployed. The biggest thing they address for us is the Auto SmartPort feature that provisions edge ports based off of MAC OUI. This allows us to auto-provision end-user computers, phones, and access points without an engineer having to touch each switch to ensure proper VLANs and QoS are set up.
  • Stack up to 8 high providing high port density with a single managed IP address
  • Autosmart ports allow zero touch provisioning of edge connected devices
  • IOS commands are congruent amongst most models (Obviously different features available for different products)
  • My only complain is the boot time for a stack. Just more of an education thing to end users than a nuisance. Letting them know it may be 5-10 minutes before connectivity is restored in the event of a power loss.
They are best suited for edge switching applications. We do have a couple in the data center doing legacy copper VM hosts that perform ok. But edge switching is most definitely the best suited, at least in our specific situation. I know that some of the higher end catalyst switches have the ability to do layer 3 functionality, but that's not something that we've personally delved into with the catalyst line.
We most certainly have benefited from the automation features of the catalyst switching line. As mentioned in previous questions, we utilize the Autosmart port feature quite heavily. It has really helped our engineers regain time spent doing menial tasks such as manually assigning VLANs and QoS policies which are now handled by the Autosmart port provision feature. We have done a little bit with analytics and watching NetFlows but only in a troubleshooting scenario. It's not something that we keep an eye on all the time.
So far we haven't had very many support issues with our Catalyst switches. When we have had issues TAC is always a pleasure to work with. They're prompt, knowledgeable, and take ownership of the case from open to close. Also, this isn't attributed to Cisco support directly. But because they are so widely known and have such a great market share you can find a solution to almost any issue with a quick internet search.
Cisco by and far does a great job with the Catalyst line. From a layer 2 dumb switch all the way up to ISP carrier grade switching within the Catalyst portfolio. The best part about it is command parity among the various tiers of product. The only differences are going to lie in what features are available per switch.
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Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 08, 2019

Cisco Catalyst LAN Switches

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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
The Cisco Catalyst Switch is used for many purposes in our various departments around our organizations. Each location has a multilayer switch that can do routing as well. Users LANs are able to connect to them from their distribution switches to the core switch to gain connectivity to the network or other departments. In terms of Networks, this has helped a lot
  • Connects various switches via trunks for network accessibility to departments
  • Ability to do routing network packets
  • VLANS for departments have been created successfully
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch
  • It is quite expensive. Most Cisco switches are not cheap and organizations usually focus on Cisco certifications especially the CCIE for cost reduction.
It is easy to configure and it is very straightforward. You can segment departments on plans and also configure routing protocols well suited for the organization. Also, DHCP can also be configured but in the case of our organization, DHCP is usually configured on a Windows Server. We also use the Cisco switch to configure access control policies for security purposes
My organisation does more of voice and data . All switches in my organisatiom act as core switches and distribution switches for end users, computers and voice phones.

Virtualisation and all are done on our internal servers. The organisation does not support automation as well.
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Yoane Maior | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 12, 2019

Cisco is the tomorrow!

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
I've been using Cisco Catalyst for several years now and it offers a very solid networking solution that's why I even recommend them to the people in my job field. Very happy with the service provided by Cisco and also with the education (certifications) for me, Cisco is the Future.
  • Even though it´s not safe to have an old equipment running on an infrastructure due to security reasons, Cisco equipment mostly runs forever...
  • Catalyst Switches provides a business class solution when it comes to reliability, performance and technical support.
  • Vlan management, STP, Storm control, jumbo frames, arp
  • VTP, IP routing, VLSM
  • CLI, Ssh v2, CNA
  • They're expensive!
  • They're noisy.
  • They're hard to find in other countries like Africa
  • Licenses management are hard to understand
  • Licenses are very expensive
Data centers and small branch offices where more than 20 hosts are installed sharing multiple services.
Not using those features yet
They're one of the best in the networking market worldwide!
they're awesome
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David East | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 13, 2018

Cisco provides a catalyst to build bears

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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
Catalyst switches are used at each store. They are also our edge switches at our corporate offices.
  • They WORK. Our Cisco switches remain in operation until they had to be replaced to allow for we features.
  • Easy configuration. We manage many of our switches with a single config that needs only minor tweaks.
  • Configuration by CLI guarantees that we can easily reconfigure and troubleshoot our devices, even under very low bandwidth conditions.
  • Web interface. A fully functional web interface with all configuration capabilities would help for admins with less experience.
  • They need built in monitoring that gives real statistics and other data.
Entry level switches are well suited to use in retail stores. Their low cost point allows many to be purchased and not break the bank.

4000+ switches have been instrumental in setting up our regional corporate offices. Their flexibility makes them perfect for setting up the more complex scenarios in locations with 100+ users.
We are still moving to a modern infrastructure. We have nexus switches at the core and are currently workin on upgrading our catalyst switches. Once they are in place, we will be taking advantage of the analytics.
Most of the time, the TAC is totally on their game. Occasionally, we run into a support person that either wants to hold on to the ticket, or seems to be disinterested. Language can sometimes be a barrier.
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Cisco offers the Catalyst 3560-CX series of campus LAN switches.
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