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Fraser Clark profile photo
November 04, 2019

Cisco Catalyst Review

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for our entire internal switching infrastructure, we use the 2960's at the edge and 4500's for our core switches. We chose Cisco as we have a high level of expertise when it comes to the devices and we have always been impressed with the level of reliability we get when using Cisco products.
  • Switching.
  • Reliable hardware.
  • Ease of configuration.
  • TAC Support.
  • Issues with USB flash drives.
  • Support for easier upgrading of firmware.
  • Pricing.
In a medium to a large-sized enterprise network, I would definitely recommend Cisco. Especially if this is what the engineers who will be maintaining them will be used to. There are offerings that do switching better but few that can give a stable and reliable platform across L2/L3/Routing/Firewalls etc. Cisco provides excellent products for all these use cases. The level of support available from cisco is exceptional as well, however, you do you pay for what you get in terms of support. For small startups requiring only perhaps a few edge devices for switching, in this case, I would recommend a different product.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use the Cisco Catalyst Switch line as our campus access and core switching platform. They provide us the stable platform to build the rest of our architecture. The hardware is reliable which is a major need in a healthcare environment where replacement may only occur every 7-10 years. Also, the hardware is hardy enough to run reliably in network closets that are not environmentally controlled.
  • Hardware Reliability
  • Software is extensible to provide future proofing.
  • Support for security features on box.
  • Software quality assurance could use attention.
  • The Catalyst 9K requires subscription based software licensing.
  • Support and licensing options make it difficult to procure.
For enterprise businesses with a need for a reliable platform, the Catalyst switches are a very good option. Smaller businesses and non-profit or government customers may find that the price is too expensive for their budget. The Cisco Catalyst line is best suited for campus networks, and at this point, is not designed for data center networks.
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Scott Cutler profile photo
June 17, 2019

Cisco Switches

Score 8 out of 10
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We are using the 6880 switches as our core and distribution layer through our network. We have about 60 of them deployed. We run MPLS and MP-BGP with a 3 layer VPN on them. We use 4510, 9410 and 9300 as our aces layer. We use sub-interface on the 6880 com toon access layer and GLBP for our gateway protocol and it allows us not to use a limit spanning tree in our environment.
  • Switching
  • Stable hardware
  • Ease of configuration
  • We have had some issues with 6800 switches more so the 6840s we had to replace them with 6880 because of hardware issues.
  • The number of software releases. I know you are moving to just a few which is good.
  • Sometimes finding a stable release for dot1x.
They are really good in our campus environment for business needs. We have a hard time with switches in hard environment locations. I know they have a manufacturing switch but it does not fit in the enclosures we use.
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Score 10 out of 10
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[They are used as an] Access layer connectivity switches.
  • L2-3 Access
  • Distribution
  • Easy configuration
  • Multicast
  • Spanning tree
They are great for access later connectivity. For high density connections within distribution closests and access rooms there isn’t a better product on the market. However when you start looking at them for core data center functions they start to be come lack luster. They also work great in top of rack switch environments.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We have implemented Cisco Catalyst Switches as core switch and access layers at our data center and every branch office. The logistics business has fully connected operations processes, and we, as leaders in the logistics industry need to have the best solutions the give the best services to our customers.
  • Routing
  • VLAN
  • Layers of connection
  • Software
  • Clustering
  • Applications support
We have implemented Cisco Catalyst Switches at the data center as a core, and in every branch office as a core and border connection point. I think we can apply Cisco Catalyst Switches every time that we need a robust solution with a lot of success cases to back it up.
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October 30, 2019

A very reliable product!

Score 10 out of 10
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Nos ayuda en temas de prosupuesto y contar con una gamma de partner que soportan la solucion

It helps us in budget matters and has a range of partners that support the solution
  • Facil de administrar // Easy administration
  • distintas opciones de precios // Distinct pricing options
  • para redes de usuarios finales // For end user networks
gran cantidad opciones, para en diversos mercados

large number of options, for in various markets

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Score 10 out of 10
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These switches are amazing! We have these switches in our bus maintenance yard for years and have a low failure rate. These switches continue to run even when the vents are clogged with oil and dust! Pretty much indestructible, some switches are running in a non air conditioned room and it still provides reliable network connection during California summer days!
  • VLAN segmentation is easy to configure.
  • Highly durable, and tolerant to dust.
  • TAC support will quickly solve your issues.
  • 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.
It is well suited for an enterprise network with large amounts of network devices where high levels of uptime is important. It is less suited for small businesses with a few computers where network outages will not impact the business. Due to price of the switch.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for many, many years at the company. Most the switches are functioning as edge switches; at least one switch on any floor and some L3 switches in the server room. The L3 switches are redundant. Stability is great and at one time when we had lightning strike us, we could replace the broken switches quickly.
  • Stability is excellent.
  • L3 switches route quickly.
  • Price is a bit high.
As Cisco is the de facto standard of networking equipment, support on the web and all the documentation you can find is excellent. Any issue you can have has probably already been solved by someone else on the internet. Using Cisco switches as endpoint switches and L3 routing switches on your core is a good way to create a robust and stable network.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Catalyst Switches provide reliable transport across the enterprise. They also provide good uptime and resiliency. Cisco Catalyst Switches need to start looking at commoditization at the access layer to help control their costs. Expensive switches are a thing of the past. Companies are looking for lower cost options for their enterprise.
  • Uptime.
  • Reliability.
  • Resilience.
  • Cost.
  • Commoditization.
  • Flexibility.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are very well suited for the enterprise level. You pay a premium for reliability, and some companies cannot afford the price point for that reliability. Large enterprises are now looking for ways to function at the price point of a small to medium company. The industry is changing and companies have to adapt.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We used them for all of our edge switches at retail locations and manufacturing locations.
  • Extremely long uptime
  • Rarely have hardware failures
  • Solid software
  • Early development code can be full of bugs
A Cisco Catalyst Switch can be used in any environment. If you want long up time and need a managed switch it is the perfect fit. If an unmanaged switch is needed for a small office, a Catalyst switch would be a bit overkill.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use the Catalyst range as our access, distribution and internal core routing layer. This pretty much makes up the core of our campus network with recent upgrades to 10 Gig and some movement for 40 Gig within our data center.

We like the idea that we have a lot of control within our layer two environment and are able to implement many security functions within our switching layer.
  • Spanning-Tree - The ability to handle loops and BPDU Guards is unmatched in my opinion. We heavily rely on this functionality to mitigate some layer 2 issues we sometimes face.
  • Syslogs and SNMP - We love the detail at which we can obtain syslog information and filter based on levels. Much of our troubleshooting of faults with the detailed SNMP traps assist in mitigating issues early.
  • L3 Switching - I love the fact that we can easily do routing and switching within the same unit, and for our internal core operations, it's perfect. High-speed port density are coupled with routing into a single unit on the larger Catalyst switches.
  • For the larger Catalyst 6800 and even the older 6500 switches, while Netflow is supported within the units, experience in these areas has been unsatisfying sometimes. We noticed the supervisor engines over time ramp up their CPU utilization which can cause performance issues. Perhaps take this into account and tailor your Netflow sample configurations differently for the Catalysts.
Let's put it this way - when is a catalyst switch not required!? In essence, the challenge is not justifying whether Catalyst Switches is the right path because we all know it's the better choice. It's a matter of which model is the right choice based on your scenario.

But making the choice of which model to place at which point is not always easy, even with the "Help Me Choose" option that Cisco offers. Always look at the datasheets and understand what you require, then make the selection before consulting with your Cisco account manager.

For the access layer, go with Cisco 2960X with the 10 Gig Fiber Uplinks. If you have multiple switches within the same rack, add on the stacking feature. Get these access layer switches to aggregate into some of the Cisco 3850s or more as your distribution nodes before finally linking into the larger Catalyst 6800 or the newer 9500.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We having being using the Catalyst 2960 switches for years. They are very reliable. We use them as part of our CCNA, CCNA Security & CCNP Route course. They provide a "virtual" solution for students who can be on different routed networks.
  • Connect up students to the routers
  • Cope with getting their configs regularly wiped over many years
  • Cope with being turned on and off regularly for many years
  • These switches are EOL but they are still performing well. Sadly the last IOS was 15.2, so there are labs that where they can't be used for in CCNP.
These switches as mentioned are great in student labs, handle being turned on and off connected and reconnected, programmed and deprogrammed.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst Switches are stable, reliable and feature rich. They allow easy expansion with stacking and enabling of advanced features when required.
  • Wired 802.1x just works, which increases security
  • Stacking greatly simplifies network management and design
  • PoE lets you power phones, Access Points, etc.
  • Boot time of a stack could be improved
  • Stacking cables are thick and heavy with a large bend radius
  • Configuration wizard for standard installs would be good (without requiring Prime)
Well suited in environments requiring advanced features and security and small to large enterprises with a dedicated communications room. Switches can be noisy
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Score 7 out of 10
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Cisco 3850's are being used at all levels of my organization. We use them for our access layer switches and also at some locations to do MPLS or for more advanced layer 3 capability. We have some 3850's running as the core of some locations as well since these switches are so versatile in functionality.
  • Cisco 3850s are well supported throughout the industry
  • Cisco 3850s have some really nice features that can be leveraged for enhanced functionality
  • Cisco 3850s have a decent reliability track record (more on this later)
  • Cisco 3850s code upgrades have introduced many bugs in the last 2-3 years that have caused some downtime and other issues at our organization
  • Cisco pricing and SMARTnet contracts can be very confusing, especially on 3850s
  • PoE on 3850s have been less than reliable in the past few years
I think Cisco 3850's and their other Catalyst layer 2/3 switches are best suited for large organizations that are willing to deal with bugs in code updates when they are trying to use the more advanced functions provided by Cisco. These functions make this essentially a layer 3 device that can be very convenient to leverage in a larger enterprise, but also introduce issues that can affect your organization. We have had issues that were supposed to be corrected in code upgrades, only to have other issues introduced once upgraded. This can be very frustrating in an environment that is 24/7 or requires no downtime.
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March 07, 2019

Great Product

Score 9 out of 10
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These are excellent access and core layer switches for the campus network. They make the deployment of a campus so simple with a high level of features available.
  • Campus core switching
  • Campus access switching
  • Campus routing handling default routes and Switched Virtual Interfaces (SVI)
  • Rolling software updates with no downtime
  • More integration with the WAN
  • A simplified ui for non technical users
Campus switching and routing - I would always deploy a Cisco Catalyst Switch if I could. I would prefer a Cisco Nexus switch for the data centre.
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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 prepare your 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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