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Infrastructure Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Highly stable, top quality hardware and features

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as a networking switch for a data center.

What is most valuable?

Overall top of the line solution.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be easy to use, you need a certificate to use it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not able to scale because you would need to purchase more hardware. Everybody in my organization is using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to contact technical support because we are using managed services which gives us…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as a networking switch for a data center.

What is most valuable?

Overall top of the line solution.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be easy to use, you need a certificate to use it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not able to scale because you would need to purchase more hardware.

Everybody in my organization is using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to contact technical support because we are using managed services which gives us support when needed.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and implementation are not easy.

What about the implementation team?

We are using managed services for the implementation of the solution.

A normal deployment can take from one to two months. However, this depends on the size of the site.

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

There is a license required for the use of this solution and we pay annually.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Meraki switches which is an easier version of Cisco Catalyst Switches.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is the best in the market but there are some limitations. I am moving to the Meraki solution because it is easier to use.

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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SCCM Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
User-friendly commands and configuration, good support, and feature-rich

What is our primary use case?

These switches make up part of our network infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The configuration and command set are user-friendly. Cisco switches are feature-rich compared to other vendors. Technical support is good, as they resolve any issues that we have.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup can be easier in cases where the policy and ruleset are complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for between five and six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is stable and our switches have been working fine. These switches are used extensively.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. We have 5,000 or…

What is our primary use case?

These switches make up part of our network infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The configuration and command set are user-friendly.

Cisco switches are feature-rich compared to other vendors.

Technical support is good, as they resolve any issues that we have.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup can be easier in cases where the policy and ruleset are complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for between five and six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is stable and our switches have been working fine. These switches are used extensively.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. We have 5,000 or more users.

We have several Catalyst switches in our environment. Most of them are running version 15.x of the operating system, although some of them are version 12.x and older. These may be upgraded in the future.

We may increase our usage although I don't know at present.

How are customer service and support?

We are not the team that is responsible for contacting support. However, the support from Cisco is good. They easily resolve any issues that we have.

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

I have only worked with Cisco solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup can be complex, depending on the policy and the rules.

Only a small staff is required for deployment and maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is regularly updating this product.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

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Video conferencing Admin at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, reliable, and overall good functionality
Pros and Cons
  • "Cisco Catalyst Switches are the best overall."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for networking.

    What is most valuable?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are the best overall.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for approximately six years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable.

    We have approximately 25 customers using the solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support from Cisco is very good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is easy if you understand the Ciscos CLA interface and your infrastructure is correct.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have CCNA and CCNP certified engineers that do the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

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

    The price of a Cisco Catalyst Switches license is expensive. 

    There is a big problem with their pricing structure. For example, there is a system called first come first serve metric for integrators. The person who logs the case gets a better price than what I receive. They give discounts to other people, such as those with certifications, and what happens is people go away from this solution because of it. I do not receive a better price which puts me in a position to promote other solutions. 

    I lost a large contact because of their pricing structure. Cisco should give the same pricing to everybody.

    What other advice do I have?

    I 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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    Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy to install, simple to configure, and user-friendly
    Pros and Cons
    • "We find the product very easy to use."
    • "The product is expensive."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution for both corporate and data centers.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is very stable and the performance is good.

    It's easy to configure.

    We find the product very easy to use. 

    The solution can scale.

    The installation process is easy.

    What needs improvement?

    You need to predict your scaling considerations at the outset. 

    The product is expensive. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. There are no bugs or glitches and it doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable, however, you need to plan for future scaling at the outset, otherwise, you will be limited. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We are quite satisfied with technical support. They are helpful and responsive. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straightforward and simple. It's not overly complex or difficult at all. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We handled the implementation ourselves in-house. 

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

    The solution could be cheaper. It's a bit expensive.

    There aren't any extra costs for licensing or customization.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We're quite happy with its capabilities. 

    I would recommend the solution to other users and companies. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Head Cyber Security at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Straightforward, scalable and stable solution

    What is our primary use case?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are pretty straightforward. They offer LAN and internal networking. They are for network segmentations and LAN and WAN perimeter networks.

    What needs improvement?

    In terms of what could be improved, more integration is the main thing they should be focused on.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I believe the sets of Cisco Catalyst Switches are being used in our company for more than five to seven years. I myself have been using this for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    They are pretty good. They are stable. Cisco has been around in the industry for a long time, so they are reliable, as well.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are…

    What is our primary use case?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are pretty straightforward. They offer LAN and internal networking. They are for network segmentations and LAN and WAN perimeter networks.

    What needs improvement?

    In terms of what could be improved, more integration is the main thing they should be focused on.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I believe the sets of Cisco Catalyst Switches are being used in our company for more than five to seven years.

    I myself have been using this for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    They are pretty good. They are stable. Cisco has been around in the industry for a long time, so they are reliable, as well.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are quite scalable.

    Our organization strength is around 15,000 using it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We are pretty happy with customer service. As far as my experience with Cisco is concerned, they are pretty up-to-date in terms of their responses.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was easy. They are very easy to install.

    What about the implementation team?

    We generally do a first model and we have an execution team. They take care of the implementation and everything.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale of one to ten, I would give Cisco Catalyst Switches around an eight.

    I think they're pretty okay. Cisco is pretty straightforward.

    I would absolutely recommend Cisco Catalyst Switches for others.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Paul Woods
    Founder at SDWAN Clan
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    High level technical support, scalable, and secure
    Pros and Cons
    • "One main feature with Cisco is you know you are going to get a very good switching infrastructure that is secure."
    • "In a future upgrade, I would like to see integrated wireless in the solution."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use the solution as a switch for campus locations.

    What is most valuable?

    One main feature with Cisco is you know you are going to get a very good switching infrastructure that is secure.

    What needs improvement?

    In a future upgrade, I would like to see integrated wireless in the solution.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately 20 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of this solution is really good because you can attach switches together. We currently have 5,000 users using the solution and we plan on having approximately 30,000 in the near future.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Cisco provides great customer support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The solution installation is straightforward to a degree. It is not as smooth as it could be. You cannot do zero-touch provisioning.

    What about the implementation team?

    It is best to use a technician that understands the configuration file needed for the deployment and then there is some testing that is needed.

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

    There needs to be some improvement with the Cisco DNA licensing activation process, it is difficult at the moment.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others. When my customers want security infrastructure on their campus locations this solution is the one I will continue to suggest.

    I rate Cisco Catalyst Switches a nine out of ten.

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    Riasat Ali
    Group Head of IT at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Very easy to manage with a long lifespan

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm the group head of IT and we are customers of Cisco. 

    What is most valuable?

    In general, this is a good product with a long lifespan and easily managed. There is good local support available as well as principal support.

    What needs improvement?

    I'd like to see better reporting and also integration possibilities with other platforms. It's quite an expensive product and it would be helpful if they reduced the cost. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been using this product for five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This product is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable product. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Support can be improved, it's…

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm the group head of IT and we are customers of Cisco. 

    What is most valuable?

    In general, this is a good product with a long lifespan and easily managed. There is good local support available as well as principal support.

    What needs improvement?

    I'd like to see better reporting and also integration possibilities with other platforms. It's quite an expensive product and it would be helpful if they reduced the cost. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been using this product for five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This product is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable product. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Support can be improved, it's usually a matter of your location. That aside, if you can reach them, the support is fine. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is quite straightforward although deployment takes some time because you need to carry out the configuration and attach some additional equipment. It can take a few hours. Our implementation partner helps with the base configuration, and then they draw on our internet team to work with them. Once completed, it's handed over to our team management. We've deployed the product on five sites and we usually have one or two people dealing with any issues that arise. 

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

    There is an annual license fee. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Manoj Chitgopeker
    Region Head - S1@Dimension Data India at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Excellent technical support, stable, simple to install, and scales well

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for network connectivity.

    What is most valuable?

    The performance of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good.

    What needs improvement?

    The only improvement I would like to see with Cisco Catalyst Switches is the pricing.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for five years. We use Cisco Catalyst, 9000 series.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good. In our organization, we have more than 7,000 users.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are quite scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is excellent. If there is one area where Cisco…

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for network connectivity.

    What is most valuable?

    The performance of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good.

    What needs improvement?

    The only improvement I would like to see with Cisco Catalyst Switches is the pricing.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Cisco Catalyst Switches for five years.

    We use Cisco Catalyst, 9000 series.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good.

    In our organization, we have more than 7,000 users.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Cisco Catalyst Switches are quite scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is excellent.

    If there is one area where Cisco excels, it is in technical support.

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

    We use Dropbox occasionally. OneDrive is mainly what we use. We also, use Teams.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is straightforward. It's plug-and-play.

    To deploy and maintain Cisco Catalyst Switches, we have a team of four people, which includes one manager and three administrators.

    What about the implementation team?

    You can install Cisco Catalyst Switches yourself.

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

    We pay the licensing fees annually because we have an enterprise license agreement.

    What other advice do I have?

    There are other products that I personally prefer, but from an organization's perspective, I would recommend this solution.

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

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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