Best Enterprise Switches
May 05, 2021

Best Enterprise Switches

Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst Switches

We were using a mix breed of network switches in our organization and they were working fine as long as the number of users was low. But, as the company started to grow and the number of users increased, our network traffic also increased significantly to a point where these switches started to malfunction as they were unable to handle a large amount of traffic. Then, we replaced them with Cisco Catalyst Switches and, since then, they have performed really well and up to the mark.

Pros

  • Dedicated 1/10G uplinks
  • Vlans
  • CEF for fast switching
  • Cisco Smartnet
  • Port security

Cons

  • Expensive hardware
  • Licensing for advanced features
  • No support for third party SFPs
  • Reduced network downtime
  • Reduced MTTF significantly
  • Reduced TCO
  • Expensive support contract
  • No options for small scenarios
Cisco Catalyst Switches support advanced centralized management via Cisco DNA center or Cisco Prime infrastructure. However, our organization is planning to purchase any one of these tools as per our environmental needs but currently, these tools are not being used in our organization and they are still in the demo and procurement phase.
D-Link Ethernet Switches were being mostly used in our organization with some other lesser-known brands as well. These switches were made for small businesses and home users and they were not able to handle large amounts of traffic from hundreds of users simultaneously. Cisco Catalyst Switches on the other hand are enterprise-grade switches and can handle heavy traffic efficiently and it supports all features like VLANs and trunking, etc.

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 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000), AnyDesk, D-Link Wireless
Cisco Catalyst Switches are enterprise-grade switches and they are made to handle a large amount of traffic efficiently. They are available in multiple sizes, port speeds, and port density which make them suitable for Core, distribution, and access layers. However, they are not well suited for small businesses that do not have large networks or the budget required to purchase and maintain these switches.

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