Catalystic
June 25, 2018

Catalystic

Clarence Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Other
Currently Catalyst Switches are being used to provide end user access to the campus area network services for the enterprise. The switches are primarily used for end-user connectivity of workstations, printers, and VoIP services. The 3850 model addresses scalability for VoIP services through its stacking capability and minimizes port density where needed to control costs in low user volume locations.

Pros

  • Gigabit Ethernet access - with large backplane
  • Scalability for port density
  • Power over Ethernet

Cons

  • Inline service upgrades/software revision
  • The use of the 3850 model switches offered a more cost-efficient model for deploying services. In turn this helped to reduce the overall cost for providing network access to the customer.
As of now, there has been no use towards these additional capabilities.
While the Cisco hardware is compatible with management tools, we are not currently leveraging the Cisco management resource as an option due to the particular customer restraints for systems management.
The Brocade/Ruckus ICX devices tend to offer a few more options in terms of port bandwidth capabilities. However, in most cases these devices are almost identical in terms of configuration and management.
Nothing specific. We are moving more towards a data center architecture for services. This pushes the organization into solutions that require the Nexus switches as opposed to the normal end user requirement.

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