Gold Standard Network Gear
Brian Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 03, 2018

Gold Standard Network Gear

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Ethernet Switches

Cisco networking gear is the gold standard in the industry. We had a number of Cisco switches in production when I took over responsibility for managing them. They are by far the most reliable network hardware I’ve ever used. Coming from smaller shops where budgets don’t always optimize IT equipment, the cheaper hardware just doesn’t compare to Cisco switches.
  • Reliability. We can have the switches running for ages, only needing to take them down for upgrades and routine maintenance.
  • Speed. Haven’t experienced much of any lag due to hardware interference.
  • Security. Takes a little to configure correctly, but they can be locked down tighter than other switches at their price point.
  • Compatibility. Cisco really likes to talk to Cisco. We’ve had bad experiences mixing Cisco and HP, Dell, etc.
  • Uptime. We haven’t had a fault due to the switch itself, which has increased our uptime and reliability across the network.
Leagues ahead of the competition. May not have some of the ON features that competitors have, but scripting and automating make up the difference.
For mid to large organizations where you have multiple layers of switches and routing, Cisco is a perfect fit. If you have a smaller shop, with less than 100 nodes, Dell, HP, Juniper, other cheaper solutions may be a better fit.