Catalyst for intent based networking
June 26, 2018

Catalyst for intent based networking

Ryan Steele | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 9300 Series
We use Cisco Catalyst switches in our access layer. They provide a great balance of performance and cost. They come in a variety of models with different features. They have modular power supplies and modules. This ensures they provide the roustabout redundancy we need. With IoT and other technologies, these switches ensure that we can keep up with the needs of the business. Whether it's from a user or security perspective the catalyst switches have us covered.
  • Security features
  • Ability to adapt to new needs (through Hardware ASICs and software)
  • Catalyst support is best of breed
  • Modular design to grow with the need
  • TCO
  • Boot times
  • Licensing
  • Our budget ask is larger because of the costs associated with purchasing catalyst switches
  • We don't have many hardware issues because we use catalyst switches
We will start to use these features with the roll out of Cisco DNS Center that will work with the catalyst switches. The virtualization technology in the switch is a new concept for us. I think we will start to leverage that in the near future. We should start to see improvements in efficiencies with these new switches.
We have not done anything with customization on the switches. We are going to start to leverage the new management features with DNA Center.
Catalyst switches are best in class hardware and best in class software. Cisco support is best of breed. The features are more rich than other competing products.
When you need the features and ability to grow into switches then Catalyst is a great option. If you're worried about security and the ability to secure your infrastructure then Catalyst is a great option.

If you're looking for an inexpensive switch the Catalyst is not for you. If your looking for a data center switch then Catalyst is not for you.