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June 25, 2018

I'm not good at catchy word play (That's why I'm not in Marketing. )

Ernie Herd | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

We use Cisco Routers and switches to backbone [and] provide network support for a training environment of over 50 classrooms. Then in the hands-on labs, we use multiple Cisco Routers and switches to train the students in the use of that equipment specific to the needs of the unit they operate.
  • They function reliably
  • They are easy to install
  • Cost of replacing them as we have to rely on another entity for the requisition of the equipment, and they are always looking to cut cost, so they don't always go with our recommendations
  • They're reliable
  • Easy to configure as long as you understand them
  • Easy to troubleshoot in the event of failure
Yes. We started out with a network comprised of only Cisco devices, Routers, Switches, Identity Services Engines (ISE), Mobility Service Engines (MSE), Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) and Wireless Access Points (WAPs). Then as budgets were decreased, they purchased from other vendors. Now they are moving back to Cisco, mainly for the support
Our network is a closed network, so we generally don't have the same type of security risks from the outside that other companies face. But we still keep it secure by using the built in security features and best practices, along with other features such as a few ASA series Firewalls
Cisco was very sufficient at providing these services and access to our applications and data. We have used two other brands due to contract awards and compliance requirements, but my preference for ease of operation is Cisco. There are some features that other vendors have that I would like to see Cisco integrate into their systems
I have used many Cisco Layer two and layer three switches, POE switches. When a switch has been decommissioned due to being replaced or upgrades, I use the switch for training newly hired people on configuration and other tasks before allowing them access to the production network to instill the basic understanding of what must be accomplished.
I personally use Cisco Routers and switches to provide additional training to augment what Packet Tracer cannot support in the Cisco Networking Academy. I have been a CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor) for over 6 years, instructing others on what they need to be a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)