Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

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January 12, 2019
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 …
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What is Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 3560-CX series of campus LAN switches.

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What is Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 3560-CX series of campus LAN switches.

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Cisco offers the Catalyst 3560-CX series of campus LAN switches.

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The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Kevin Medeiros | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I wanted to review Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches because we use them in a unique way at the hospital. We have implemented the switches on the outside of every patient room in our newest hospital addition. This works great as they are powered via POE and are accessible without having to go into a patient room. We use the product to power the computers and phones in the room and provide IPTV access as well.
  • They provide a lot of POE power for such a small unit
  • They fit in enclosed spaces and are passively cooled
  • They provide the flexibility of being able to use SFPs if needed
  • Pricing
  • Code for Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches seem to be a little buggier at times
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches are fantastic end user/access switches, but also provide a lot of flexibility for network design as they can be fit into any small space. The switch itself can be POE powered, which makes it even more useful in certain scenarios.
We haven't fully incorporated Cisco DNA with the switches at this point, but plan on doing so in the near future. We do not leverage any virtualization or analytics as of yet either.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CS Series Switches are used to [connect] our data center and Internet of Things (IoT) networking. It’s widely used in many divisions at our companies. They can provide the best protocols and services possible and [ensure] the highest level of service for our customers. In offices with low net drop density, this compact switch is ideal. When a small network pop-up window is needed, these are the widgets to use. These ports can have 8-12 ports, plus two uplink ports in copper or fiber. Also, they have passive cooling, so we can use them in places where noisy fans are not wanted. Network or department connections can make from distribution switches to users’ LANs.
  • Simple administration, low occurrence rates, and a wide range of deployment options make it ideal for use in virtually any networking environment.
  • Great features and good performance combine to form a small and quiet factor.
  • Servers, printers, and PCs can connect via the Cisco Switch's auto smart ports, allowing zero-touch provisioning of edge devices.
  • [There are] almost no problems to speak of—a few minor hiccups here and there, but nothing major. Also, managing licenses can be difficult, and licenses can be quite expensive.
  • The switches can get hot, but that is well managed, and they could have a few more features. They can run hot at times, but that is well managed.
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches are suitable for the core, the Internet of Things [IoT], and some perimeter scenarios. Despite their versatility, they [Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches] lack ports and therefore cannot [be] use[d] in all network scenarios. It’s perfect for shelves that aren’t too big. Being so quiet and discrete allows it to be used almost anywhere. With the SFP+ ports, it can handle very high loads. You’ll have to look elsewhere for multi-gigabit wireless solutions that work with multiple APs. Uplink uses both copper and fiber, and they both work well.
Our business relies on the Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series [Switches] as an access layer because it is dependable and consistent. Because our infrastructure is reliable and uptime allowed, virtualization has enabled us to scale. With these, we can easily connect to virtual servers and workstations. Using automation to streamline our routine tasks is an excellent way to make our jobs go faster. Being able to complete the task has become increasingly important as increasing demands and an increased number of tasks to complete[ly] squeeze our time.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
We use Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX switches for our core and IOT networking across our enterprise. They enable us to use the latest protocols, services, and maintain the highest level of uptime for our business users.
  • Aggregating different network protocols together and enable very fast network speeds.
  • Ease of management and low incident rates.
  • Versatile to deploy into almost any networking situation.
  • Cisco's switch code backup tool isn't the greatest and easiest to use.
  • [It's] a lot more money than competitor's products.
  • [Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switch] is a very diverse product line for even one model. [It] can be daunting to find the switch you need without Cisco's help.
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series switches are great for core, IOT, and some perimeter situations. However, brand office networks, there are [in my opinion] other products that do it better, cheaper, and faster in deployment.
We have benefitted from a greater scale with virtualization. We have reached a 98% virtualization effort across the organization due to networking changes and from business acceptance because of our proven uptime across our infrastructure. We are not large enough as an organization to look at automation tools and needing analytics on our network gear. We strive to keep our IT group small and nimble which is why we chose Cisco gear and it [has an] extremely well-proven track record of low downtime/outages.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
We use these for small network popup areas where only a minimal footprint is required. Having eight or 12 ports, plus two optional uplink ports with either copper or fiber as an option is a great thing to have.
  • Multiple VLAN support
  • POE access for numerous items--WAPs, VOIP phones, security cameras--flawlessly
  • Small footprint in both size and power; easy setup
  • The switches can run hot at times, but it is managed well
  • Very few bad issues to report--occasional failures but very infrequent
These are great for small workgroup areas. We use them for equipment turnaround areas, where a small network is set up briefly. We use both copper and fiber to uplink, and they perform very well under both circumstances, handling phone, camera, handheld device, PC, and wireless access traffic for the area.
We have multiple power outages for turnaround areas, and these switches perform outstanding. We use these to extend access to virtual workstations, servers, and also VOIP phones without any issues.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
We are using the Cisco 3560-CX series switches as our edge switches, linking different floors/wings to our main server room. As they support 10Gb SFP+ this gives the links to each floor/wing a tremendous amount of speed without the worry of bottlenecks from the floor's cab rooms. They also support multigigabit ethernet, allowing us to run our busiest APs at 5/10Gbps to help handle the extra wireless traffic load.
  • Solid reliable platform.
  • Small factor and quiet.
  • Effective, great features and good performance.
  • Lacking multigigabit ports (only 2).
  • Expensive.
  • Extra licensing for further features (Cisco DNA).
We use them as our main edge switches and have found them a great product. They are suited well for small cabs/racks and due to them being very quiet and discreet they can be used almost anywhere, without complaints. They can handle load well, especially when using the SFP+ ports, so anywhere with particular heavy network traffic. You can obviously use them in most any network scenario but they lack the ports. If you're looking to use them for a multigigabit wireless solution for several APs, then you're going to have to look elsewhere.
Unfortunately we have not ventured into some of the deeper features of the 3560-CX though it's something we will be looking at going forward (DNA). The extra licensing and infrastructure required is costly and not always practical for smaller set ups. We do however use 3rd party monitoring software and the information we get out of the 3560-CX (performance information, logging and SNMP details) help with our overall support.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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.
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.
January 12, 2019

Cisco is the tomorrow!

Yoane Maior | TrustRadius Reviewer
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
Matthew Cable | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Olumayowa Mosuro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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