Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Cisco Catalyst Switches

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June 17, 2022
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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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Cisco's Catalyst is one of that company's brand of network switches.

HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches, and Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst Switches.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 9.2.

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

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Cisco Catalyst Switches are suited to medium-large enterprises due to their price, support, and feature-rich equipment. They would be less suited to organizations that are small-medium and do not have multiple sites or do not have a need for a secure or feature-rich infrastructure with advanced configuration. They also may not be suited in an area where wireless is the major dependency as any switch can provide access for WAPs, even if the WAPs need to be managed centrally and with a WLC.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited and we can confirm because we have experience in these scenarios - Access networking scenarios, Core switch scenarios, Cisco IP Telephony - Cisco Catalyst Switches for PoE support, Cisco Webex communications - for audio and video conferencing, Cisco Catalyst Switches are also well suited for WiFi networks because they have integrated wireless controllers and etc.
June 18, 2022

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Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco's blend of solutions that integrate is one of the main reasons to consider Cisco. If you are a Cisco shop, it is hard to deviate to other providers as you will likely lose some visibility/management of your network environment. Cisco Catalyst Switches in the past have continued running through some rather harsh environments - a hardy brand.
Lawrence Mashimbye | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst Switches are easy to deploy and manage, reliable, and have great performance. They provide great network troubleshooting and easy-to-find fault. Easy to configure. Great customer service and support from Cisco. Great throughput and resilience. They are also very good for the IoT environment. Cisco Catalyst Switches can be customized to meet your organization's requirements.
Score 10 out of 10
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They are good when you need robust and individually configurable devices. They are robust: I had 2960 that were in a flooded shop. After it was flooded and muddy it still booted and worked. They come in a lot of variations (with and without PoE, different link speeds, copper/fiber). They are (especially when bought new) pricey. You need to be aware that the cost
Score 9 out of 10
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As previously mentioned, we use them in both ways - internal and external. Internally, this has always been our choice of switching as it has become the industry standard in corporate networks and deployments. We have always utilized the amazing feature set and capabilities of Cisco switches as we have found them to be reliable (rarely breaks, hardware-wise) and feature-rich with included IOS updates for necessary patches and upgrades. Externally, we have the same benefits with the added bonus of it being easily deployable on customer premises as more often than not, they are utilizing the same technology (make and sometimes model, even).
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco is at the high end for quality network infrastructure. If you have a wider base of small sites, it may be beneficial to look at Cisco's Meraki line. And if you're a small business, Cisco may be too costly; though the 9200s may prove useful if not Cisco Meraki. But there's a threshold, once crossed, that you will need for high throughput, reliability, and scalability. The Catalyst family brings the first two, and the last is if you add in DNA-Center to provide Software-Defined Access (SDA), Telemetry monitoring, Plug-N-Play, and so much more. From smaller deployments of 9200s, to larger facilities needing 9400 chassis, the 9k series are all the same base running the same family of code to greatly simplify standardization as well.
Score 10 out of 10
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These switches are well suited for network closets to provide multiport access layer, PoE, and security to endpoints where multiple connections are required. They are able to withstand high heat temperatures and dirty environments. I’ve seen some of the dirtiest switches, and they continue to operate and perform as expected although the expectation is that they are placed in environments that won’t damage internal components, etc.
June 15, 2022

Cisco Catalyst 9300

Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco 9300 catalyst switches are particularly suited for deployment at the access layer of the network. If deployed in a stack then high-density ports are available for client devices. We would also consider deploying these devices for standalone DMZ deployment. Due to limitations, I would not consider these devices to be deployed as core devices.
Zar Jerome Cajudo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst switches are well suited in the Campus LAN because it is easy to set up in an organization that mainly uses Access switches on their network. The StackWise feature of it is very useful and it is also very scalable. It is less appropriate I think on Data center switches because I prefer the powerful Nexus Switches for the Datacenter segment.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst Switches are perfect for access layer switches. We have had fewer and fewer issues over time and the code has gotten better. They support our APs that support our RTLS system that runs the PDAS system. They are easy to mount but sometimes the StackWise cables can be a pain. The power supplies are a breeze to swap out. My only gripe would be that sometimes it's hard to unplug a DAC cable of SFP.