A solid and stable center of your network!
December 07, 2020

A solid and stable center of your network!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

I'm a systems admin at our place of business and about 4 years ago we switched from a Cisco 6509 to a new Cisco 6807. The upgrade was due to the age and limitations of the previous device. Moving to the [Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches] allowed us to use more, expanded blades and dual supervisors to give us greater redundancy.
  • Well made hardware
  • Great back plain and interconnects
  • Top notch support from Cisco TAC
  • Cost - Cisco is a top tier company and commands top tier prices
  • Confusing licensing even with "Smart" licensing
  • Large footprint for your server room
  • Cost may not ever be recouped
  • Lots of time saved diagnosing problems with Cisco TAC
  • Replacing older hardware so less change of HW failure
We have benefited from automation by using a network management and monitoring service (Solarwinds) with our Cisco [Catalyst] 6800 [Series Switches] and other Cisco switches and routers. It allows us to monitor them, keep backups of all configs, and manage updates/patches. We can also push configs to all supported devices. That automation has been a huge help for us and time saver.
We have customized our interfaces to give us detailed info on what each does while working in the config. That is a great feature. Also management from a centralized network application has made managing it a breeze. It can also be managed from Cisco's own software line up and we've used those as well.
The Juniper lineup offers better pricing versus the Cisco line up but you do definitely lose some hardware prowess, and stability that you can count on with Cisco devices. Also the support is not as robust from Juniper as it can take longer and be more frustrating getting a support ticket going with them.

Do you think Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches again?

Yes

It would be easy to recommend almost any product made by Cisco if you're in the market for something. Besides their security cameras and home tier hardware, they make among the best. The [Cisco Catalyst] 6800 Series Switches are no exception and we have recommended them many times over to our colleagues and local entities.