Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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October 16, 2021
We have used Cisco L2 and L3 switches in our organization in the past. I found them to be easy to set up and use. I also like that the …
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9 out of 10
May 05, 2021
We were using a mix breed of network switches in our organization and they were working fine as long as the number of users was low. But, …
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What is Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Cisco's Catalyst is one of that company's brand of network switches.

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What is Cisco Catalyst Switches?

The Cisco Catalyst family of switches includes enterprise LAN access, distribution, and core switches. The vendor says the switches are designed for an entirely new era of intent-based networking, deliver stellar performance and functionality, and prepares a network for the future with breakthrough innovations for security, mobility, IoT, and the cloud.

Cisco Catalyst switches offer advanced security capabilities, scale for IoT, and cloud readiness.

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What is Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Cisco's Catalyst is one of that company's brand of network switches.

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The most common users of Cisco Catalyst Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Unknown industry.

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October 16, 2021

Great switches

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
We have used Cisco L2 and L3 switches in our organization in the past. I found them to be easy to set up and use. I also like that the switches are long lasting and perform reliably. Some of the models also have POE, which can power other network devices like access points, etc.
  • Reliability in performance.
  • Good warranty period update from Cisco to be competitive against other brands.
  • Good customer support and helpful community forums in some cases.
  • Some of the switches are somewhat expensive.
  • Although the switches are reliable, occasional failures related to components occur.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited for organizations looking for reliable IT network switches and good customer support and helpful community forums for some of the common problems faced while using/setting up the product. Although the Cisco name is one of the most popular brands in switches and routers, some models can be a bit expensive.
Chetan Swaroop | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
In our organization, we use the Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switch, which is very easy to repair. Instructions for repairing VLANs and titles are very simple. We are covered with Cisco exchanges and other merchant exchanges and [it] does not give us a problem. It also supports multiple network protocols and security features such as DHCP scanning and port security.
  • Easy to detect switching loops in network.
  • We can configure the device using both CLI and GUI.
  • Initial configuration is easy; there are advanced ways to configuring the device.
  • Provides security features like DHCP Snooping and port security.
  • Device rebooting time is less compared to other devices.
  • Cost of the device is somewhat high.
  • Provides only dynamic routing feature.
There are so many scenarios where Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited like if the switch needs to move multiple frames in the same port, switch the frames directly to the memory, sending them one at a time, thus avoiding collisions. Selecting specific endpoints prevents Ethernet collisions from happening. The switch is very secure, as it makes any hole directly in contact with any other port. The cost of the number of ports is relatively high.
Syed Asad Siddique | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3650 Series
The experience of using the Cisco Catalyst switches 3650 series is quite a profound interest in choosing this platform.

Some of the major inadequacies will be solved by using Cisco Catalyst Switches:
  • Management overhead cost reduced to a minimal extent.
  • Docking down the required number of switches also cuts down the cost of the network.
  • This system allows our organization advanced modification and manageability.
  • SNP (Simple Management Protocol) supports monitoring of many levels and quantifying traffic flows.
This series of Catalyst Switches allows us as a user to the next generation enterprise-class mounding supports our organization setup in a fine way.
  • Security provision integrity is the excellent feature of using this Catalyst Series.
  • Many of the devices runs down as a Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
  • Other members works together as a consolidate system.
  • Apart from reliability this system gives a best support in terms of performance and manageability with our network.
  • Input powers issues should be look for this system.
  • Cost effective issues should be resolved to the minimum level or some reasonable point.
  • Strong routing options should be provided.
  • For Licensing Port expensive activation is required.
As far as our organization's usage concerns Cisco Catalyst Switches are the recommendable choice for us. Easy options and manageability features work for our Information Technology demands. This series of Cisco Catalyst is uncomplicated to troubleshoot and the commands are very easy to think back. Contract and licensing are pricey, but for their reliability it's acceptable. In term of inappropriate for using this system, there is no points to discuss. This system fulfills all of our system requirements to a far extent.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Other
Our organization grew from a few hundred users to more than 2000 users and devices on the network and this growth meant the need for much better and manageable network switches which are able to handle the huge growth in network traffic. Our current network switches went belly up under this load and we decided to replace them with Cisco Catalyst switches. Since the replacement, they have been very reliable and improved the availability of our network.
  • VLANs
  • SFPs
  • RSTP
  • NTP
  • POE
  • Reduce licensing cost.
  • GUI based management.
  • Cost effective central management tool.
Cisco Catalyst switches are made to be used in medium to large enterprises and they have proven themselves in many situations and scenarios with different types of network traffic. They can also be used in small businesses but it will become very heavy on their budget. Also, small businesses do not have a large amount of traffic so they can go with less expensive switches as well.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Other
I use these switches at home and at the office, they are built like tanks and never die, even the old ones still work well and great to use. We are using them with VLANs and POE, most of the switches are using the newer versions of POE as well which can be quite expensive to get in a new switch but very affordable in an old Cisco.
  • PoE.
  • Reliability.
  • Switching/networking.
  • Feature rich.
  • Old switches have unpatched vulnerabilities.
  • New equipment is expensive.
  • GUI would be nice in some cases.
I use older models at home as you can get them very cheap online and they support the latest POE for wireless access points and cameras, so it's much more affordable than buying a new switch of any brand. We use older ones at work as well, as long as they are still releasing security updates for them we use them as these switches are very very reliable.
Taner Imamoglu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 9200 Series
We use them as core and edge switches. They give us the option to manage VLANs and take advantage of access lists. With advanced VLAN and routing capabilities, we separate our access control, iPhones, regular traffic, and also guest network. Integration is seamless and switches play well with other branded network products as well.
  • Vlan.
  • Access control.
  • Network integration.
  • Installing GUI should be easier.
  • For edge switches, surge protection should be standard and components should be more durable.
  • Console cable should be USB.
For core switches and backbone switches, they are great, packed with features and options. Boot up takes time, but after switches boot, they work almost indefinitely without any issues. For edge switches, they are not well suited for remote or mobile locations, if surge protection is not above standard or absent switches get burned easily even they are fed by ups. They don't play well with solar-fed power sources as well.
Alejandro Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
We use Cisco Catalyst Switches as access switches in the principal office and in the remote agencies. Also, we use them as top of the rack switches in the datacenters.
  • They are very reliable switches.
  • The initial configuration is very fast.
  • Managing switches is very easy.
  • The price is quite expensive.
  • The support needs to be improved because it takes too long until you get a diagnostic.
  • Needs to add more information in the website like troubleshooting or configurations template.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited in critical scenarios where you need high performance and high bandwidth for the core applications. Also, they are well suited when you need to connect several devices like an access point or a computer, in the case of the access point, the future of PoE helps to reduce the wires.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
We use both the 3850 and 3560-CX switches as endpoint switches and cores for remote locations. Due to the nature of construction, uptime and quick deployment are some of our highest priorities. We deploy these for our remote locations connect via microwave link. In many of these places dynamic routing is required to ensure uptime is maintained, even if a power outage occurs at one of the other locations.
  • Switching/Routing
  • Stability
  • High tolerance to environmental conditions
  • Cost!
  • Physical size
  • Flexibility with port types
[Cisco Catalyst Switches] are excellent devices for areas you would like to deploy and never have to look at again. They are rock solid and can operate in many different environments. Dusty, cold, hot - you name it - these run through anything. They work particularly well in our locations that require multiple paths back to the data centre.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 6800 Series
Cisco Catalyst Switches are being used in our LAN for connecting users. These switches are enterprise-grade switches and they are made to handle a large amount of traffic efficiently. As our Organization is growing day by day so requirement like these switches are more and more now a days which resolves many issues like by growing of organization, our network traffic also growing significantly and these switches performing well even in higher network traffics. Thanks for the Cisco for making network life easier by launching these devices.
  • It does network and VLAN segmentation
  • It improves efficiency . A scalable and highly redundant
  • Data encryption and security
  • GUI can be improved
  • Boot time of a stack could be improved
  • Many no. of updates and regular license renewals.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited where, it is required to segment a business network or any kind of business that contains different services such as voice, data and video, to have a better management and administration of network resources.
These switches are well suited to any business that needs an dependable and faster network access with minimal roadblocks.

The higher-end models such as Catalyst 9500 are less appropriate for a small or medium network.

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
Controls the networking broadcast very efficiently. Very secure and user-friendly. Also very easy to troubleshoot. Configuring the protocols is also very easy. Very reliable and resilient. It also supports VLAN which helps a lot in the segmentation of physical ports. Better than routers because you get more ports.
  • VLAN management
  • Bandwidth capacity
  • Data encryption and security
  • Price
  • Cables bundled in the box don’t always work.
  • Plenty of updates and regular license renewals.
We are using these switches in our organization as it works at gigabit speed and makes our work reliable. We have stacked several switches so that when one of them malfunctions the other one takes over and the work is not interrupted. Provides some great security features that protects our data.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3650 Series
BC Systems began our NIST 800-171 Cybersecurity Assessment in 2020 which is required by all DoD contractors. We hired a local consultant to guide us through the process and address any issues we may face along the way. Our first task was to replace any outdated hardware on our network with more reliable secure equipment. They recommended we purchase several Cisco Catalyst Switches and run new cable for the best outcome. We have been online for months now and are completely satisfied with the improved performance we see on our network. No dropout, which was a big problem on our old network, and no workstation connection issues. I am glad we made the upgrade.
  • Reliability - No dropout between workstation and server
  • PoE - Useful in many areas of our building where power is lacking
  • Easy to use GUI - For metrics, analysis, and troubleshooting
  • Licensing costs are something to be considered
I can't think of any situation where you would not want to use this type of switch. Once installed, it did not take long to see a company-wide improvement in throughput. By comparison, our old system seemed to have a choke, it was slow. The upfront cost for the hardware and management will pay for itself through increased productivity. We should have realized this years ago and made the update to our equipment.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 6800 Series
For our organization, Cisco Catalyst has helped us a lot to segment in a logical way and increase the policies of access to the network, being able to complete the segmentation at a physical and logical level of all the departments of the corporation has been an achievement thanks to this product.
  • Network segmentation
  • Port security
  • VLAN segmentation
  • Network access
  • GUI administration
  • SSH interface
  • Web security administration
The Catalyst Cisco equipment complies with everything related to an Enterprise Switch; they provide access to the corporation quickly and safely, but the most remarkable thing is that they are very solid. I have had almost no incident regarding some physical failure with the equipment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Other
We were using a mix breed of network switches in our organization and they were working fine as long as the number of users was low. But, as the company started to grow and the number of users increased, our network traffic also increased significantly to a point where these switches started to malfunction as they were unable to handle a large amount of traffic. Then, we replaced them with Cisco Catalyst Switches and, since then, they have performed really well and up to the mark.
  • Dedicated 1/10G uplinks
  • Vlans
  • CEF for fast switching
  • Cisco Smartnet
  • Port security
  • Expensive hardware
  • Licensing for advanced features
  • No support for third party SFPs
Cisco Catalyst Switches are enterprise-grade switches and they are made to handle a large amount of traffic efficiently. They are available in multiple sizes, port speeds, and port density which make them suitable for Core, distribution, and access layers. However, they are not well suited for small businesses that do not have large networks or the budget required to purchase and maintain these switches.
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3650 Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 6800 Series
We are using Cisco Catalyst switches in our Local Area Network as well as for our Data Centre networking requirements. Cisco Catalyst switches provides us with the required Ethernet integration for connecting our end-users to our server infrastructure. Our access switches has Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability and can power our VoIP phones, wireless access points etc.
  • 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.
  • Pricing - Cisco Catalyst typically costs more than other brands.
  • Ease of Use - Cisco Catalyst still rely a lot on command line. Having a power GUI interface will be welcomed.
Depending on the network layout and size of the organization, Cisco Catalyst switches can be selected to be used within most areas of the network i.e, core, distribution, access layer and WAN edge. For larger networks the chassis models can provide the required line cards to build a powerful network backbone and the fixed port models can be used alone or stacked to cater for the required ports per access area. In smaller networks, the fixed models can be used throughout the network by deploying the most suitable Cisco Catalyst model in each network area.
Luis Tusen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
Our Cisco Catalyst Switches are used to keep our data network in operation and on the other hand, they are used in the Cisco networking laboratory environment for the use of the students of our academy.
  • Affordable gigabit connectivity for your endpoints with Cisco Catalyst 2960 L switches.
  • Great reliability and easy implementation.
  • Catalyst 2960-L make your network administrator life easier.
  • Deliver exceptional switching performance.
  • The Cisco Switches Catalyst improve efficiency.
  • Faster core, faster access.
  • Faster core, faster access.
  • Switches improve network security.
  • Switches improve efficiency in the production area.
  • Switches help maintain a fully converged, quality-of-service network.
Cisco Catalyst Switches can be used in scenarios where it is required to segment a business network or any business that contains different services such as voice, data and video, to have a better management and administration of network resources and additionally to be able to apply security policies segment-based network per defined VLAN.
May 03, 2021

Switch it up

Darian Rawson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
Catalyst Switches are used to build the backbone of wired ethernet systems within the core of the business to resources that require direct wired connections for optimal throughput and bandwidth as well as wireless APs and various other smaller switches. A switch may seem like any switch is as good as any other switch but when your infrastructure depends on maximum throughput for distributed rendering, file sharing, or asset collection these accommodate a wide range of applications from day to day to specialized needs in our business.
  • Maintain a high bitrate for sustained data connection.
  • Mitigate connection disruptions by optimally routing data.
  • Provide future flexibility and extensibility for businesses to grow and add more hardware switches or equipment.
  • Better built in cooling.
  • Cost is a factor.
  • They are heavy.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited to any business that needs dependable and fast network access with minimal roadblocks. They do lend themselves to larger businesses or corporations rather than smaller agile companies which would benefit from smaller devices to support their needs. Catalyst Switches are fantastic for large expandability but can quickly create an out of control mess if not handled by system administrators.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 6800 Series
Overall, the majority of our switching is being handled by the different models of Cisco Catalyst Switches. About 2 years ago we were tasked with upgrading our central/core switch. This project was meant to solve the problem of having a strong network core that has some built-in redundancies.
  • Compact (as far as core switches go) but with lots of expansion options.
  • Typical good Cisco hardware quality.
  • A strong Support team (Cisco TAC) to stand behind the device.
  • The disparate expansions and plugins can be hard to mange license-wise.
  • The costs for a fully loaded Catalyst core switch is massive.
  • Doing upgrades and patches can be a major project.
Absolutely the longest-running devices that we manage. Typically we can let a switch run for years without it needing to be rebooted or serviced. In fact, sometimes parts go bad in it but the problem doesn't exhibit itself until the device is hard reset. That's pretty outstanding and makes it easy to recommend to anyone.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 9300 Series
The different models of Cisco Catalyst Switches service different features of our company. The 9300 is our core system, where we utilize the VXLAN feature between numerous sites. The 3850 and 2960 are used in multiple locations for L2 transport. The 3850 gives us the ability to use L2 and L3 functionality where needed.
  • VXLAN gives us the ability to present the same environment over a L3 connection
  • L2 traffic
  • L3 traffic in the retail locations to cut back on the amount of equipment needed
  • Cost is always an issue
  • DNA licensing required when not needed
  • Command line interface
Cisco Catalyst Switches have been most useful for the VXLAN feature. For those unfamiliar with VXLAN, this is virtual extensible LAN. In most causes people use this in a central location among several sections making the environment look like one. In our case, we utilized it over an L3 connection between buildings 10+ miles apart with multiple 9300s. This was built to give us a true DR hot site.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Other
We have dedicated [Cisco] Catalyst Switches handling the connection of our ESX hosts and SANs to the network, it manages all the traffic from our VMs to the core switch and to the end users.
  • They are reliable, i have never seen a catalyst switch fail
  • They do what they are suppose to do, they are reliable and easy to setup
  • Lots of resources available: vendors, professional services, training
  • Some of them does not offer power supply redundancy
  • Web interface is not the best, you need to use cli
  • They are not easy / cheap to stack
[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)
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
At our organization we are using Cisco Catalyst Switches (mostly 3560s and 3650s, both the regular and X models) for our main switching backbone for the network. We chose these because they are known industrywide as the top-end switches. They have that reputation because they are rock solid and work for years without needing to be serviced.
  • Absolutely solid switches that run for years
  • Cisco TAC (Support) is fantastic and knowledgeable
  • Compatible with the majority of connected devices
  • Cisco is always going to be toward the top price wise
  • Could use more intuitive GUI for newer users not used to command line
  • More accessories could be included
I am very likely to recommend Cisco Catalyst Switches to pretty much any company that has computers to connect to their network. There is a large range of Catalyst devices that can fit into almost any network. Of course you're going to pay for that privilege, but you can be comfortable knowing you have a product that will last a long time.
abdulai-fadiga ccnp | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 3650 Series
In my organization, Cisco Catalyst Switches are at the core of L2 and L3 communication. At Layer2 we use the switches to interconnect all of the access-layer devices including PCs, IP phones, printers, etc. One of the main advantages of these switches is their POE feature set, which allows us to save hugely on power costs. We also have a pair of redundant Cisco Catalyst Switches serving as our OSPF backbone, this pair of switches is used to terminate all connections coming in from branch locations around the country, enabling stable communications throughout the company.
  • One thing that is fascinating about Cisco Catalyst Switches is that they really do last
  • The CLI configurations is fun once you get used to it
  • It's effective in securing access layer devices with ACLs
  • The IOS is very stable and can be trusted
  • Overall cost--Cisco licenses are expensive
  • They could bring some uniformity to the design for ease of integration
  • The command line is very complex if you're not familiar with it
Cisco Catalyst Switches are best suited for the core of enterprise networks. This is because of the stability in design. These switches have also proven to be very efficient at handling throughput. Cisco Catalyst Switches are also very well suited for the enterprise access layer because of their efficient VLAN segmentation and access control methods. Although these are very powerful switches, they are not well suited for data centers, in part because of their limitations in features and flexibility.
Andrew Yudin, MBA/CCNP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 9500 Series
Cisco Catalyst Switches are being used throughout all of our data centers globally. From 100 megabit all the way to 40 Gigabit these switches are workhorses that move all of our data traffic within and across data centers. These switches are capable of providing incredibly reliable and fast connectivity while offering great performance.
  • Great performance. Incredibly fast and reliable.
  • Automation. Template based, programmable pipeline.
  • Scalable and highly redundant.
  • Better cloud integration
  • More automation features
  • Better compatibility with ACI
[Cisco Catalyst Switches] are well suited in the Enterprise data center environments such as Telco providers, offering up to 32x 100-Gigabit ports for backbone connectivity. The higher-end models such as Catalyst 9500 is less appropriate for a small or medium network.
December 13, 2020

Cisco 3850 A Love Story

Dustin Reeves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 9200 Series
  • Catalyst 9300 Series
  • Catalyst 9500 Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed
  • CATALYST 3850
    • Utilizing the layer3 routing functions to have both our router/switch converged into one platform
    • VLANS
    • BGP
    • EIGRP
    • LAYER3
    • LAYER2
    • MULTICAST
    • MULTICAST WITH AV
  • 2960
    • Using them as strictly LAYER2 devices with layer3 ip mgmt and ip vlans only
    • Simplicity / scalability (stacking) @ remote locations where simple switching is only thing that is needed, and some intervlan routing.
  • 9500 series @ datacenter
    • 40gbit throughput is huge for us.
    • Layer3/Layer2 functionality really helps us in the datacenter space with these switches
  • VLANS
  • LAYER3
  • EIGRP
  • BGP
  • DYNAMIC ROUTING
  • MULTICAST
  • STP
  • STORM CONTROL
  • ACL
  • 3RD PARTY SFP TRANSCIEVERS
  • SUPPORT
  • TAC
  • Campus deployment is where cisco catalyst switches REALLY thrive
  • Satellite locations that dont require a lot of config and really good templating makes these switches great to push out a standard config and run.
  • Anywhere you need to put a switch that requires HIGH PORT DENSITY cisco catalyst stacking really shines
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  • Catalyst 9400 Series
We have three office locations and we use Cisco Catalyst 4507 Switches at all three locations. They are extremely reliable, have double supervisors (for failover), a dual power supply, and room for 4-5 switch-blades. We have had them for about four years now and had no issues with them at all. Cisco SMARTnet support is great - fast response and solution. We have multiple VLANs setup. The Cisco Catalyst switches are rock solid.
  • Dual supervisor, dual power for resiliency.
  • Ease of changing out switch blades.
  • Network segregation abilities.
  • High network bandwidth.
  • Software updates and patching.
  • GUI can be improved.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are ideal for organizations of all sizes, who are looking to get a reliable network core switch. They are incredibly robust and well built. They have low maintenance and can easily be administered. They can definitely improve on faster security patching and deployment. I would highly recommend getting SMARTnet Total Care setup.
Robert Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 9200 Series
We have a large campus and these Cisco Catalyst Switches are extremely reliable and are used in various environments from server rooms to maintenance garages. Their failure rate is extremely low and that helps with our tight budgets. They are an industry standard so it is quick to get new support staff up tp speed.
  • Solid performance, even with questionable wiring.
  • Great reliability; I had a switch that had a AC unit dripping on it for weeks before it failed.
  • Stacking allows greater backbone bandwidth between switches.
  • More or expandable flash storage.
  • Faster software bug fixes.
  • Ordering process is cumbersome.
They are great where you need to segment your network or apply quality of service or stack for a large number of devices. Using them in a small network would constitute overkill. They are a bit noisy, so I would not put them in an office space the requires low noise.