Cisco 3850 A Love Story
December 13, 2020

Cisco 3850 A Love Story

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

  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 9200 Series
  • Catalyst 9300 Series
  • Catalyst 9500 Series
  • Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed
  • CATALYST 3850
    • Utilizing the layer3 routing functions to have both our router/switch converged into one platform
    • VLANS
    • BGP
    • EIGRP
    • LAYER3
    • LAYER2
    • MULTICAST
    • MULTICAST WITH AV
  • 2960
    • Using them as strictly LAYER2 devices with layer3 ip mgmt and ip vlans only
    • Simplicity / scalability (stacking) @ remote locations where simple switching is only thing that is needed, and some intervlan routing.
  • 9500 series @ datacenter
    • 40gbit throughput is huge for us.
    • Layer3/Layer2 functionality really helps us in the datacenter space with these switches
  • VLANS
  • LAYER3
  • EIGRP
  • BGP
  • DYNAMIC ROUTING
  • MULTICAST
  • STP
  • STORM CONTROL
  • ACL
  • 3RD PARTY SFP TRANSCIEVERS
  • SUPPORT
  • TAC
  • I have over 200 Cisco [Catalyst] Switches deployed in the field, and I've never had a switch have a full blown hardware failure, maybe the power supply (modular) has needed replaced but never a complete switch failure, these things are built like TANKS (might be why the gov uses them everywhere!!)
  • The UPFRONT cost of the Cisco Catalyst line is higher than other vendors, but when you can deploy a switch and be future proofed for 5+ years, its really hard to beat
  • RTU Licensing was great, now that everything is going to smart licensing, the ROI is going to start diminishing on these units..
* Greatly, we are a very robust / nimble environment, so at times ive used 3850's as Layer 2 switches, then turned around and really LEVERAGED the Layer 3 properties and routing capabilities. Without the customization we wouldn't have been able to achieve a nimble response. Especially when dealing with "unknowns" i can typically purchase a 3850 with an IPservices license, and it will cover 99% of any "unexpected" use cases, that were not originally PART OF THE PROJECT
* Arista Switches
** Arista switches are great, don't get me wrong, but the lack of PoE support, the lack of stacking, has really hindered their entry way into the campus market, 99% of my use cases are campus switching for end users, not data center, in this market, cisco wins hands down every time.

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

  • Campus deployment is where cisco catalyst switches REALLY thrive
  • Satellite locations that dont require a lot of config and really good templating makes these switches great to push out a standard config and run.
  • Anywhere you need to put a switch that requires HIGH PORT DENSITY cisco catalyst stacking really shines