Catalyst swithces - rock-solid base for your network
February 05, 2019

Catalyst swithces - rock-solid base for your network

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

We are using Catalyst Switches as the basic access through distribution to the core layer. It is our base for connecting users to the company network. In some cases, we use small versions like 2960C to the biggest once like 9400. It depends on the current needs. Sometimes we even use older ones like 3560 or 4500.
  • Stable connection to the corporate network
  • Basic security functionality with ISE
  • Uninterupted connection with full bandwidth
  • Size variations (short versions with 48 ports and full PoE)
  • Port density - for example version with 2U and 96 ports
  • Stacking over fiber optics (without dedicated cables with fixed lengths)
  • Don't need to buy services - lifetime warranty
  • Stability - even 10 year old devices are still running and doing the job
  • Sometimes lines of products are on the market for a very short time (eg. 6800 instant access) - it is hard to buy equipment to make the network bigger.
Some older moduar and non-modular devices like 6500, 5000, 4500, 3500, 2900 even the 1900 and etc. Honestly said - I have contact with almost every version of catalyst in the last 10 years. I have also used Soho devices branded by Linksys and some Meraki devices but have no further experience with them.
I simply don't use any other switches in professional usage. I prefer a homogeneous environment - especially when using other Cisco features like ISE. Deployment of 802.1X with Catalyst switches is rather simple. With a mixed environment with other vendors, it is painful. The scenario in which Catalyst Switches are not suitable is a very simple network with one or two switches - the functionalities simply are not used then.