A lifelong piece of hardware - Cisco Catalyst!
Updated October 25, 2022

A lifelong piece of hardware - Cisco Catalyst!

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

  • Catalyst 2960 X/XR Series
  • Catalyst 3560-CX Series
  • Catalyst 3650 Series
  • Catalyst 3850 Series
  • Catalyst 9300 Series
Cisco Catalyst Switches are currently used within our organization to provide a reliable service to government employees, the public, partnered private companies, and also other public sector workers. Cisco Catalyst Switches have provided a scalable and reliable network, addressing the need for quick administration through an intuitive configuration terminal and also having advanced diagnostics and information accessible. The support for Cisco switches through TAC is vital in a public sector organization that already has limited funding for the employment of expert engineers. They furthermore have advanced features such as built-in TDR functionality which is extremely helpful for remotely identifying wiring faults. Cisco has proprietary protocols in their catalyst switches, providing functionality that is better or not offered at all on other vendor LAN equipment.
  • High bandwidth backplane and stacking technology
  • Routing and Switching - scalable through Switching Database Manager
  • Layer 1/2 fault-finding and troubleshooting tools (TDR, frame errors/L2 PDU checking)
  • Lifespan
  • Fixing CLI bugs - management
  • Licensing
  • IOS context help descriptors
  • Positive effect in uptime and reliability
  • Long lasting
  • Achieving complex access requirements
Catalyst switches have provided advanced manageability of the network through their advanced features relating to layer1/2 testing. The advanced security control features such as 802.1x, DHCP snooping, DAI, UDLD, storm-guard, loop guard, root guard, and CRC/FCS checking information are all advanced security features that protect the information security to the full scope of the CIA/AIC triad. We have implemented these to control a network and have used the switch stacking technology to provide an ease of manageability and thus a save administrator overhead through time-saving.
Cisco Catalyst Switches primarily stack up against these other brands by their feature-rich configuration, high bandwidth processing, customization, access control, and scalability. Some of the major reasons are the support for Cisco Catalyst Switches and how quick it is. Lastly, a primary reason could be considered as the lifetime of the product and how long it is expected to work MTBF/MTTR This is in comparison to HPE, Zyxel, Netgear

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Cisco Catalyst Switches are suited to medium-large enterprises due to their price, support, and feature-rich equipment. They would be less suited to organizations that are small-medium and do not have multiple sites or do not have a need for a secure or feature-rich infrastructure with advanced configuration. They also may not be suited in an area where wireless is the major dependency as any switch can provide access for WAPs, even if the WAPs need to be managed centrally and with a WLC.

Cisco Hybrid Work

  • Cisco Catalyst Switches
  • Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points
  • Cisco AnyConnect
  • Cisco Umbrella
  • Working from an office or other company space
  • Working from home