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IT Manager at a construction company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
High performance, scalable, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We are using Cisco Catalyst Switches as a network switch in our organization.

What is most valuable?

The solution has high performance and we do not have to troubleshoot the network.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for approximately 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found Cisco Catalyst Switches to be stable, we do not have any packet loss issues.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco Catalyst Switches is scalable, we can expand the network regularly.

We have approximately 150 people using the solution in our organization.

How are customer service and support?

We used technical support during the installation but after we did not use them often.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used other smaller solutions in the past but we have moved back to Cisco solutions.

How was the initial setup?

It takes a few hours to have the hardware installed.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team of two engineers that do the implementation of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are on an annual license to use this solution and the price of the solution could be reduced. We have spent hundreds of thousands on our Wi-Fi network.

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend this solution to others.

I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a ten out of ten.

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Sales project manager at Saraha
Real User
Top 10
Works well, easy to use, and stable

What is our primary use case?

We work on level 2 and level 3 switches to connect many branches.

What is most valuable?

These switches are stable. They work well and are easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Cisco switches are expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling this solution for about 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

They are stable.

How are customer service and support?

I have not contacted their support. Another engineer has contacted them. We have our own two people for support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also deal with the HP ProCurve switch, but it is not as good in Libya.

How was the initial setup?

It is not complex now because we have CCNA and CCNP engineers. We have two engineers who are certified with Cisco. Overall, we have three people who work with this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented and finished a big project for a company. The company is still working with the same components that we installed. For deployment, I have two people with me, but in our company, we have a big team of 20 people.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They are expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend these switches to others. Cisco is a good company.

I would rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten. 

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Chief Information Officer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
The V-line configuration helps us build our network backbone
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration."
  • "The configuration of Catalyst switches could be more straightforward. We need to use the command-line interface, so it would help if Cisco added a graphical interface. We would also like to see the ability to roll back to the previous configuration. When we sometimes have a conflict, we cannot restore the last working configuration."

What is our primary use case?

Cisco Catalyst Switches help build our Internet backbone.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.

What needs improvement?

The configuration of Catalyst switches could be more straightforward. We need to use the command-line interface, so it would help if Cisco added a graphical interface. We would also like to see the ability to roll back to the previous configuration. When we sometimes have a conflict, we cannot restore the last working configuration. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for more than 10 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The performance and reliability are good.

How are customer service and support?

We can handle most problems in-house. If not, we call our partner.

How was the initial setup?

I'm not the one who configures the Catalyst switches. I have an employee who does that because they are more familiar with Cisco.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared other brands, but we decided to go with Catalyst because our existing switches were Cisco, and some of them are not compatible with other vendors.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches nine out of 10. The switches are doing the job perfectly. The only thing missing is the rollback feature.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Consultant
Consultant
Useful analytics, stable, and highly scalable

What is our primary use case?

I use Cisco Catalyst Switches for an SD-Access solution.

What is most valuable?

The solution works well with analytics.

What needs improvement?

Cisco Catalyst Switches could improve by having more integration with third-party products.

In the next release, I would like the solution to be able to integrate easily with third-party WFi products.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco Catalyst Switches have very good performance and are reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

I have been satisfied with the technical support. They are very good.

How was the initial setup?

Cisco Catalyst Switches are complex to implement, it takes a lot of time. You need to take a lot of time to learn out to configure the solution.

What about the implementation team?

Cisco does the maintenance of the solution for us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is expensive compared to other products from America or Europe. They should have more competitive pricing.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Deputy Chief Engineer at SYSCOM COMPUTER ENGINEERING CO.
Real User
Top 20
Easy to set up and use, stable, and the support is good

What is our primary use case?

The switches are for network infrastructure in an enterprise.

What is most valuable?

Catalyst switches are easy to use and simple to work with.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see support for one-touch provisioning.


By use zero touch provision , We do need a lot of config for system boot and other, That should be improved.


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For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for about 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Catalyst Switches are stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product. We have about 1,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is amazing, although they could be a little faster.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have not used other similar products.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. The installation takes about 30 minutes per device.

What about the implementation team?

I install this product on my own. We have about 10 IT staff who can work with these switches.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Production Engineer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Highly scalable, helpful technical support, and installation reasonable

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches to connect devices to a network.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution was stable 10 years ago, there is room for improvement in this area.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution highly scalable.

We have approximately 650 users using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support experience has been mixed, it depends on the subject. There are occasions when we have a quick resolution and for others, there can be long discussions to receive a resolution.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was not difficult for me but I have been working with these types of solutions for a long time. It could be difficult for those with limited experience.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team of 10 engineers that do the implementation and maintenance of the solutions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of this solution could be less expensive, and we are on an annual license.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MAXIM TEN - PeerSpot reviewer
Supervisor at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It's useful for connecting everything into one big domain, but we've had problems since we upgraded
Pros and Cons
  • "Catalyst switches are our dedicated solution for connecting everything into one big domain."
  • "We have configurations for port channels between two facilities, and we cannot communicate between these two buildings. An SFP configuration uses one wire to send and receive the signal. It's opt-in. We cannot use it after the upgrade. What can we do in this situation? We already bought it."

What is our primary use case?

Catalyst switches are our dedicated solution for connecting everything into one big domain.

What needs improvement?

We have configurations for port channels between two facilities, and we cannot communicate between these two buildings. An SFP configuration uses one wire to send and receive the signal. It's opt-in. We cannot use it after the upgrade. What can we do in this situation? We already bought it. 

We have a lease between these buildings, so it's important for us. There are some other SFPs, but we cannot order them at the moment. It's a very slow project. We will order those and receive them after two or three months.

Cisco devices should support Cisco SFPs. Right now, I'm testing it on Cisco and some small devices, like Planets, and it worked. It has changed, but it's working. But it doesn't work using the original Cisco because inside of a Cisco Data Sheet it says they do not support this product on the device.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I thought Catalyst switches were stable, but now I'm not so sure. 

How was the initial setup?

Deploying Catalyst switches is complex. We had to add a second one for high availability. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Consultant at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Easy to scale, efficient technical support, and affordably priced

What is our primary use case?

We are implementors. We implement this solution for our customers as access switches. They connect the users to the network and identify them.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is network access.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the integration of the 2960 SX switches. I would also like to see more information about them.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six months.

We are using Catalyst 2960-SX and Catalyst 3560.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco Catalyst Switches are very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a very scalable solution. They are very easy to scale.

We have approximately 40 users in our organization who are using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco technical support is very efficient.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple and straightforward.

Our administrators maintain this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We had some help from Cisco it implement these switches. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't know a lot about the price, but they are affordable compared with other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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