Cisco Catalyst Switches--great performance and reliability
December 04, 2020

Cisco Catalyst Switches--great performance and reliability

Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

We are using Cisco Catalyst Switches to provide network access to our managed server network where we house our hosted servers and equipment. We are able to then use our ASA firewall to prevent our hosted servers from communicating with each other and back to our corporate network by limiting access by a couple IPs to that network.
  • Able to have a failover setup
  • Easy to set up and install
  • Great support
  • Can be pricey
  • No network downtime from the switches, which has kept our customers up
  • Great performance
  • End of life is coming up, but I see us upgrading to a newer Cisco Catalyst Switch
We are not using the manageability features. We have very few changes so we use good old fashioned CLI commands to enter new configuration changes.
Cisco Catalyst Switches seem to have more of a variety of choices to be able to fit your needs in every situation. Juniper, however, is less costly in purchasing.

Do you think Cisco Catalyst Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Catalyst Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Catalyst Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Catalyst Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Catalyst Switches again?

Yes

Cisco Catalyst Switches are great for L2 routing and stacking for redundancy in the network. They also communicate with our UCS setup and have never had any issues with the setup. I would not use the 3850 as a core router. The only potential issue I see is that they are coming to end of SW support next year and end of support is in 2025.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
No - We barely have to contact support on any issue for the Cisco Catalyst Switches, so we do not feel the need to get premium support.
We rarely have issues with the product. I have only had to contact support one time since we put it in and that was to see if another vendor was giving me accurate information on an issue I was having.