Catalyst Switch Review From HCR
Manuel J Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated January 16, 2019

Catalyst Switch Review From HCR

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
The switches provide access to our clients for day to day business objectives. They also provide PoE services for cameras, phones, and door locks.
  • Provide access to end users
  • Easily configurable for basic needs
  • Allow devices to be powered via Ethernet
  • Price point on a perpetual licensed model is high compared across the industry.
  • Licensing model is getting better with Smart Licenses however not all devices support this.
  • They last a long time.
  • If the switch is running it will generally remain doing so.
  • When you install a switch you can almost forget about it since it will keep on running.
We have not benefited with virtualization. We are using the capabilities of flows in the switch to monitor links which helps in capacity planning.
As far as customization goes we utilize VLANs and ACLs to help control traffic. Past that we are not gaining much benefit.
These switches are cheaper but don't tend to last as long.
These switches are installed in areas to provide client access, they are well suited for this task. In SMB environments they are a bit out of reach due to price point.

Cisco Catalyst Addtional Questions

If I am unable to locate the support I need to complete a task from the data sheets which are provided online I can utilize the other resources available to me. Some of those resources are the Cisco Connection Program Community where there are many questions asked for similar issues or by utilizing the TAC team as mentioned before. Either resource I am able to resolve any issues I experience.
  • We utilize these switches for endpoint access; for the value they in my opinion perform the best.
  • Like most Cisco products of past these follow the same guidelines; they are super reliable and they are sometimes forgotten about since they continue to work.
  • There are many options from non PoE to PoE, port count, and SFP modules these switches work with.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
The single most important factor for me is the prior experience with the product. With these switches being reliable it makes my job easier to focus on other work. If I continue to have to monitor a piece of equipment and either troubleshoot it or otherwise have to do something to it I find its TCO although low in the beginning can be higher in the end.
Cisco supports many different configurations for all types of organizations. The Catalyst Switches can either be locked down tighter than a drum to acting as an old fashioned non managed switch. With such flexibility it offers many different organizations to use reliable equipment for their deployments. Cisco has many recommended guides on how to set these up as well as their Technical Assistance Center (TAC) team who can assist in a variety of ways to get the product going how it best fits in your organization.
Our company has a great working relationship with our Cisco Partner. They are able to help out with any pre-sales questions we have either through their own resources or by contacting the account team which represents our company from Cisco. Through the collaboration we are able to work through any questions we may have.
After the product is sold a lot of companies out there will tend to no longer support the product; they just wanted the sale however with my partner and Cisco they are always reaching out to me to see how things are running and if there is any issues we may be having. It is great to have such support.
When deploying our Cisco Catalyst switches our company, through our internal resources, are generally able to deploy the solution purchased. When we need assistance we are able to contact our Cisco Partner or the Cisco TAC team. Both resources will help you until the deployment is working in the manner it should be.

Using Cisco Catalyst Switches

157 - They are our main client access switches. They provide all of our inter office communications coupled with a router. We utilize Catalyst switches with PoE to power our phones, IP Cameras, IP Clocks, and a host of other items. They are very dependable. Rarely do we have issues with these switches.