Provides robust and reliable coverage for a CCTV network
December 16, 2020

Provides robust and reliable coverage for a CCTV network

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Our organization has used Cisco Catalyst 3650 series switched as the backbone to our large scale distributed CCTV network. The high performance reliable backplanes have been able to handle the massive throughput that is required to record and monitor feeds from hundreds of high definition cameras across various sites within the organization. A strong support contract also provides assurance against lengthy downtime / periods without coverage when failure occurs.
  • High performance/throughput
  • High resilience and reliability
  • Enterprise class support
  • Pricing is expensive; can be improved
  • Competitor's products within this price range may provide more 'bang-for-your-buck'
  • Integration with non-cisco products, while satisfactory, could be improved
  • Improved Scalability/Capacity Planning
  • Improved Uptime
  • Reduced scheduled/unscheduled maintenance windows
  • Improved assurance for critical business functions
We have used Cisco DNA Center to unlock the potential of cisco catalyst 3650 series switches. The centralized management and monitoring tool have provided us with extensive visibility on all our Cisco catalyst products, and these analytics have allow us to quickly identify bottlenecks, troubleshoot issues, plan our infrastructure and evaluate our scalability as needed.
Cisco provides a powerful centralized management strategy through the use of its Cisco DNA Center. This has become quite useful in managing and monitoring our entire infrastructure of Cisco Catalyst Switches and has allowed us to scale and manage large deployments relative to our team size. Intuitive customization has also allowed us to provide better security, network segmentation and QoS at specific areas where needed.
We have used general-purpose budget switches in the past to power our CCTV network and have suffered multiple failures and throughput issues. Most of the products did not live up to their specifications when it came to throughput and operating environment. We were not receiving the assurance level needed for this critical part of our infrastructure, and were looking to upgrade. After using Cisco for several rollouts, we have seen a drastic improvement in uptime and performance.

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Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series (and Cisco products in general) are usually within a higher price bracket than their competitors, but provide better reliability and enterprise support as a result. For highly critical, large scale, high throughput implementations (such as cctv), the extra assurance may be worth it. However, smaller and/or noncritical implementations that do not require best-in-class reliability and support may benefit from more cost-effective alternatives .