Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches
- Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
- Catalyst 2960-L Series
We mostly use the platform as the L2/L3 boundary for our remote sites. It also performs the Access layer function in sites that are more critical. Our end devices require PoE+. Gigabit throughput is an essential requirement as well. The StackWise technology helps with savings on licensing and with SFP+ for uplinks.
- End device power saving by providing PoE+.
- License cost saving through stacking.
- The budget impact makes large scale deployment challenging.
We have not benefited from this, but this capability is something that we are still investigating.
The 2960X platform is centrally managed from our Cisco Prime management platform. Great for a centralized view of an implemented network infrastructure.
Cisco has its reputation to back its product.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches are well suited at LAN campuses, as well as locations where high throughput and stability is of utmost importance. Stacking and future fitting for PoE+ is also one of its strengths. It's less suited for situations where budget is key and enterprise type services are not a priority. They're also not well suited for a situation where an SMB type solution is able to provide the same services.
Cisco Catalyst Addtional Questions
- LAN Campus Access Layer deployment.
- Remote site L2/L3 demarcation.
- PoE+ provision for CCTV system.
- Product Features
- Product Usability
- Product Reputation
- Prior Experience with the Product
- Vendor Reputation
- Existing Relationship with the Vendor
The product feature offering is of key importance, as the business requirements/objectives which drive the proposed technical solution must be met. The product and platform are required to be reputable as well. The network services which eventually drive home business requirements need to match the capabilities expected from the over-arching solution. The cost of the final proposed platform needs to satisfy the budget as well.
We consume key capabilities that are inherited as part of the Cisco 2960X platform. Capabilities include but are not limited to: gigabit throughput, Flexstack, PoE+, Private VLANs, VLAN ACLs, HSRP, and QoS.
We have a long-standing relationship with this vendor.
We have a long standing relationship with our existing vendor
We did not engage Cisco Services, as the vendor had sufficient depth to be able to deliver the product to us.
Cisco Catalyst Switches Support
The platform is feature rich and sets us in a position where we are able to future proof our environment. The platform is stable and well supported.