Catalyst switches in higher education
August 03, 2018

Catalyst switches in higher education

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

  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 6800 Series
Used in our academic, administrative and residence hall buildings. We use them to connect all wireless access points and wired devices within the buildings. They provide us with 10G connectivity between data closets and 1G with UPOE out to the edge devices. Our clients want reliable dependable connectivity, and the Catalyst switches provide that for us.
  • Command line configuration is very easy to mass deploy config changes and base configurations.
  • 1x authentication
  • Segmentation
  • All bugs publically available and not hidden behind Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for "internal" bug id
  • Longevity of recent IOS software releases
  • Adding new features to older stable tested trusted software code
  • Able to quickly deploy these as we use them throughout our entire infrastructure.
  • Saves us time from learning other vendors switching products as we already know how Cisco products operate.
We are not currently using any automation but are looking at doing so in the future.
We do use some 3rd party products to help manage our catalyst infrastructure. Those products work well based on the standard cli and snmp standards. We will be looking to use new configuration methods in the future to help with automation.
Better features and easier implementation on the Cisco products compared to the others.
Quick deployment of you already have a Cisco environment. We use all Cisco products with our catalyst switches (phones, switches and routers) and they all integrate.