Enterprise Campus use of 3850 Series Switches
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated January 10, 2019

Enterprise Campus use of 3850 Series Switches

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

48U-L, for Layer 2 Access Switch for end users. 12 or 24XS, for Layer 3 Distribution Switch to aggregate building-level Access Switches.
  • Layer 3 Distribution
  • Layer 2 Access
  • Rich Feature Set: Flexible NetFlow, MPLS, Multicast, Built-in Wireshark
  • StackWise Logical Stacking
  • These switches have the ability to do Wireless and act as a WLC, but the feature set is extremely lacking.
  • The 48U-L replaced our 48P 3750's and have done extremely well scaling and adopting that role.
  • The 12/24XS has replaced the 4500X as our distribution. The command set is easier, more intuitive, and reliable when compared to the 4500X; especially Stackwise vs. VSS for redundancy.
  • The ability to build a scaled MPLS backbone in the 3850's has been extremely helpful. We can eliminate the need for spanning an unwanted VLAN by just encapsulating and moving the data with MPLS.
StackWise has been amazing for logical stacking/redundancy. The built-in Wireshark has been convenient. The ability for Flexible NetFlow has given us great insight on the traffic that traverses our network. We have not use the automation/SDA features yet but look forward to it.
We are not using the advanced customization or manageability that I am aware of. We currently run a traditional network. We manage these devices via SNMP and SSH like any other networking switch.
In my earlier comments, I mentioned the transition and comparison between 3750's for L2 and 4500X for L3. I have not used too many other similar platforms. However, for any access deployments over x4 3850's in Stackwise, I think we've had better performance from 4500 chassis.
For enterprise access and distribution, these things are great. Compared to earlier models these devices seem nothing but superior. They have been extremely reliable, as expected from Cisco.

Cisco Catalyst Addtional Questions

Reliable, good scalability, and well supported.My main complaint is that they are already moving on to a new product line (c9000), only a few years later...
  • Access Switches (U-L model) for end users. We typically work with a stack of 3 and move to a chassis beyond that.
  • Distribution Switches (XS models) to aggregate access layer switches.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Vendor Reputation
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
  • Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
Our engineers are trained with and have a close relationship with Cisco.It is what we know and rely on.
Every environment is different. Refer to Cisco and their white pages on the product line "best practice."
Our Cisco reps and their Cisco Partners are fantastic when it comes to solutions architecture and ordering products.
Our local reps are fantastic and TAC is good but not great. Sometimes you get an excellent TAC engineer, other times they just point you to scripted responses and white pages.
We only utilize Cisco's free pre-sales services of solution architecture. They do an amazing job with this and the service we received was not lacking. I think they need to value these engineers more as their retention as of late has been the issue.

Using Cisco Catalyst Switches

The entire university mostly runs off of Cisco switches.
10 - Network Engineers. CCNA/CCNP
  • We use them for their normal intent and purposes.
  • They are used for their normal intent and purposes.
We rely heavily on this product line and feel comfortable supporting it.

Evaluating Cisco Catalyst Switches and Competitors

Nothing. Cisco is a software company and we're trained on their product. The learning curve of evaluating something different at this time is not truly cost effective.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Cisco provided free demo/testing switches and helped us migrate our old standards to the new product line.

Using Cisco Catalyst Switches

If you are use to the catalyst series they are just as easy to use.
ProsCons
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Slow to learn
  • Normal switching features.
  • The normal gambit. This product line did not introduce any new difficulties.