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Cisco Catalyst Switches Valuable Features

RK
System Administrator at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees

The volume possible with the throughput is the feature that is most valuable to us. It helps to get things done. For example, we can program the logic and can get more details through the SDM (Service Desk Management) to deliver a better level of support to users.  

The solution is good but the support from Cisco makes it that much better. Even the task of logging into the system is really good. All those things together boost the end user's confidence in the product and performance.  

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VA
Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading

Cisco has a well-maintained library of maps and features that we use to monitor. 

One of the most valuable features is the IP SLA feature that allows you to connect the routes or to switch the routes when there is static. Also, the flow exporter tells you which host is using a lot of traffic or where they all are transferring data.

It gives you transparency into your network.

It supports multicast routing. We use Ganglia to monitor the Condor Grid. Ganglia transmits statistics that are multicast. Because it has multicast forwarding routing capabilities, it is also usable.

IP SLA or NetFlow are things that are presented in Catalyst and are extremely easy to use.

It also supports QoS. Basically, it can configure layer 2 or layer 3 QoS to prioritize the traffic that we want.

They have a robust monitoring system.

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Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech

Catalyst switches support a variety of features from both layer 2 and layer 3. The fetaures supported depend on the model your dealing with. Though there are various common features such VLAN, MLAG, SDM, STP, Resiliency, PoE, Wireless settings, etc....which Stacking feature happens to be the most common deployment. 

Recently I laid hands on Meraki Switches and what I can say to love is its seamless network services to build high-performance networks. 

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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

The most valuable feature is that Cisco comes with built-in software access for network devices. You may use SDN for SD-Access, so you don't need to configure each switch with its own configuration, but can deploy the configuration from a single point of management. You can also monitor the traffic and access for the users. Especially if they are using their own laptops, you can make a VLAN for each switch. Cisco is a very stable portfolio format considering the network features and the heavy duties of traffic.

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AA
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees

The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers. HP engineers are difficult to find and you have to train them, which brings up the price of an HP solution.

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XS
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The initial setup of the product is pretty simple and straightforward.

The solution is adding more automation capabilities.

The quality of a Cisco switch is very high. They are extremely stable.

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LS
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The switches are related to simple switching infrastructures, without the implementation of routing protocols. The routing protocols are referring to routers and layer three switches. They are not required with this kind of infrastructure.

I like the management of streaming both audio and video. On a yacht, the network infrastructure is not related to data usage, it is mainly for audio, video management, and distribution. 

When compared with other brands, they are not as reliable as Cisco Catalyst Switches.

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IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

There are a lot of features on the device. We're not using all the features that we can use, however.

It's all fine. It works quite well. What we have now is good. We don't have many requirements for these switches except just forwarding traffic.

The solution has been very stable.

We find the product to be scalable.

Technical support is very responsive and helpful.

The solution is very reliable.

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Network & Security Specialist at Fonicom

The switches are the easiest to deploy and maintain out of other competitors.

In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient.

Cisco offers many ranges of switches and you'd know exactly if you were buying an access switch or a core switch distribution. They are definitely among the top companies. They just know how to predict things and what will evolve in the following years.

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JN
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable features of Cisco Catalyst are the DHCP features that I use in our routers and the PfR connections. Someone said a long time ago that he who buys Cisco is never fired. They have good solutions. 

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Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales

It is a pretty good product. I don't see a problem with this product. Cisco Catalyst Switches fit the best for the type of systems that we deploy. Our customers usually are happy with Cisco equipment. Many partners and third parties have ordered this solution.

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MR
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The product is easy to use. It's very user friendly and simple to navigate.

The solution offers very good stability.

We've found the product to be quite flexible.

It integrates well with other solutions, including other Cisco solutions especially.

We've found the technical support to be quite helpful.

The scalability is excellent.

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YS
Lead Presales at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution has been issue-free.

The solution is scalable.

The stability of the product is good. We've had no problems whatsoever.

Overall, the pricing has been good.

Technical support is very helpful, even during implementation.

The initial setup is simple.

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TH
Product Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Mostly the LAN switching is the most valuable aspect of the solution.

Clients often do not emphasize specifications of Catalyst features. They just need a switch for an office LAN and other segments. 

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AA
IT Support Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution is very stable.

The scalability is good.

They are managed switches, and we can control and manage almost all of these switches - even individually, one by one, or through a central control center.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

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Network System Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The product is very strong. It's much stronger than other options on the market, for example, Dell and HPE.

The software is excellent. 

Overall, the solution works very well and we don't have any real complaints in terms of its capabilities.

The product has been very stable and extremely reliable over the years.

You can scale the product quite well.

Technical support is always very helpful and fast to respond. 

The stability has been great over the years.

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AR
eTrading Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Cisco boasts very reliable technology.

As there are many who are knowledgeable of this technology, this translates into much support for it. The main feature we like is its easy support. 

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AA
Founder at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The solution is fairly simple to use.

We're able to use L2 switches with this product. We are using normal VLANS plus spanning trees.

The installation is very straightforward.

The overall functionality is very good.

The solution is already at the cutting edge in terms of innovation.

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LD
Linux Plus Infrastructure Engineer at Nampak Ltd

The most valuable features include the redundancy one and the spanning tree. We also use the power over the ethernet. Moreover, we like the RRP, virtual redundant routing and GLBP, which are primarily on the Cisco Switches.

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VK
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The solution is quite stable.

We've found the product to be very easy to use.

The solution is extremely flexible.

You can scale the solution by simply adding another device.

The solution is very easy to set up.

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Head, IT Division at USTTB

They are stable. We haven't had any particular problem with them. 

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SZ
Information Technology & Audio Visual Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

The PoE capability of Catalyst Switches is great for using WAPs and other PoE equipment, such as security cameras.

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MB
Founder, Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Everyone knows Cisco as a product. It is definitely one of the easiest solutions to run and manage. 

It's a product that has dominated the marketplace for many years.

You have many professionals out there who are Cisco-certified, which makes them comfortable working with Cisco. Therefore, getting a trained workforce is easy when you look at Cisco from a deployment perspective.

The solution is stable.

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DM
facility manager

Configuring the solution is very easy. It's quite a straightforward process, and it's not difficult at all.

The solution has proven itself to be very stable.

We've found the solution to be quite scalable.

The initial setup is quick and simple. Technical support is very good.

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Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad

The performance is good for complex solutions.

The most valuable feature is load balancing.

The integration with other brands is good.

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Project Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The performance of this equipment is much better than other options. The warranty on offer is perfect for me as they attend to issues in a maximum of four hours or within the next business day.

The solution is easy to implement and quick to deploy.

The solution is very stable.

I found the scalability to always be good. 

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WS
IT Coordinator - Networking Team at a maritime company with 11-50 employees

I like Cisco because you are dealing with something old that the new generation doesn't know about, like telnet or how to configure the switch. I don't like simple GUIs where you can do everything with a click. 

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SZ
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

As far as technology is concerned, Cisco improves the client-to-client business.

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VK
CISO at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

There is a lot of improvement in the network segment after replacing the older switches.
I have not seen any kind of issue with these switches since deployment. They are pretty much stable. 

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RK
Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The Cisco software ties all the hardware together better than the competition. Cisco used to license their IOS software to HPE for their own switches, which were decent switches as well. HPE has been through a bunch of different changes over the years and now has Aruba switches. 3Com was part of HP for a while and the ProCurve was the original HP switch that I remember.

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JO
Network Support Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees

The solution is easy to use.

It is very stable and the performance has been very reliable. 

The installation process is fairly straightforward. 

Technical support has been helpful.

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AI
Manager, Information Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

All features are very strong. It is very easy to manage. It is also certified and popular.

Cisco has come up with a new management console to manage the switches. I still haven't tried it, but in my opinion, this is the best way forward. You can use software to manage the switches instead of the common line configuration. You can manage it through software, which is very easy.

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FB
Manager Customer Engineering South (Presales) at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

In terms of the switches, the uptime and the robustness of the hardware are the most valuable aspects. 

Cisco devices are quite good. They do not fail specially the Catalyst Switches. 

The solution offers quite a robust infrastructure, hardware-wise. 

Cisco provides very good support services.

Cisco is improving and investing in R&D right now. They are investing a lot in research, and keep improving their products.

For example, they have recently launched the SDA, SDWAN, ACI etc. Software Defined-Solutions, in which you can automate your operations and enhance your operations, and avoid manual stuff.

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Senior Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The VLANs portion of the solution is very good. 

The product offers very good routing and ranking capabilities.  It allows for better channels.

The initial setup is very simple. An organization shouldn't have too much trouble setting everything up.

We've found the solution to be rather stable. It offers good performance.

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GM
Project Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees

We don't use any specific protocols. For us, the hardware and the security are the product's valuable features and performance of this solution is good. 

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MA
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I like the flexibility of this product.

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BB
Managing Director at Aster Networks

The solution is extremely reliable as a product. The clients very much appreciate that.

The configuration is easy.

The solution is customizable.

We've found the solution to be stable.

A company can scale a solution easily.

Technical support has been very helpful.

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RK
Senior Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It's a very popular solution.

We find the product very easy to configure.

The stability is very good.

The product can scale quite well. 

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KW
Director of Product Management at a engineering company with 11-50 employees

One of the most valuable features is the MatchBox Switch.

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ZP
Owner & General Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The operating system is great.

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AH
Network and Security Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees

Catalyst switches are highly stable and easy to use. It's a technology well known by most engineers.

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IT MANGER PAN-INDIA at Escon Elevator Private Limited

The solution is very easy to use. We've found that it isn't overly technical and is, in fact, quite user-friendly.

The product is extremely flexible.

The stability of the solution has been very good. We've found the performance to be very reliable. 

The initial setup is mostly pretty straightforward. It's not overly complex.

The product is very robust.

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EG
Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

These switches are very stable. We haven't had any problems. We also have some old switches that are working for almost ten years.

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OH
Telecommunication Department Head at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is rather inexpensive.

The product has very good routing capabilities.

The installation process is very straightforward.

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SW
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I like the expandability of the solution. I have a pair of 6509 catalyst switches and they use the add on boards. I also like the dual power supplies. 

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the interface, it's easy to configure. The command line uses a switch that gives us security.

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KR
Senior Executive at a leisure / travel company with 201-500 employees

It can be expanded.

The integration is quite easy.

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DH
Head of Project Management at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees

The solution's most valuable aspect is the management.

Our clients really trust the brand.

The quality of the product is excellent. It offers great performance.

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EE
NOC Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

It is easy to use. I have only had one course on Cisco Switches.

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DP
Sr. Project Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the Virtual LAN.

This technology is completely mature and I don't think anything needs to be changed.

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MY
Senior Network Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

When it comes to Cisco Catalyst Switches, one can say that the legacy switches are stable. We have been using them for so long and there are many who feel comfortable with their use. This can vary with the business size, some being entry, medium or enterprise level, which means its use is geared towards every level. 

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JM
Professor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is an infrastructure tool, so it is just providing a backend service. Its most useful feature is that it operates on a regular basis. It is reliable. 

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CB
Director of Information Systems / ISSO at Spectra Technologies LLC

The warranty and continued firmware support are most valuable.

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TG
CEO at a construction company with 11-50 employees

These switches are flexible and user-friendly.

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System Administrator at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

It is very reliable.

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LK
Network Operations Center Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees

The configuration is the most valuable feature of this solution.

It is easy to use.

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AL
Infrastructure Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

Overall top of the line solution.

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BS
SCCM Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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AK
Video conferencing Admin at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Cisco Catalyst Switches are the best overall.

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

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.

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Founder at SDWAN Clan

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

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Group Head of IT at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees

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.

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Region Head - S1@Dimension Data India at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The performance of Cisco Catalyst Switches is good.

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JG
IToV Implementation Engineer at a renewables & environment company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I find the quality of the solution to be valuable. I also like that many organizations use Cisco.

I think it is a reliable and scalable solution.

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CN
IT Manager at a construction company with 1-10 employees

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

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MM
Network and Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature is the ease of configuring a switch. It gives you a lot of control.

The community support is good.

I am satisfied with the documentation that is provided by Cisco.

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SS
Senior Consultant

The solution works well with analytics.

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Deputy Chief Engineer at SYSCOM COMPUTER ENGINEERING CO.

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

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DG
Consultant at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable feature is network access.

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Senior Network Administrator at Calm blue ambassador - abcallcenter

Cisco Catalyst Switches are easy to use, simple to configure, and straightforward to upgrade. Additionally, CDN has been very helpful for separation.

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OP
Electronic Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

I think this solution is very good. I manage other solutions, and compared with those, Cisco Catalyst Switches is very stable, configurable, and durable. It is also easy to manage.

This solution is cheaper than other solutions.

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Network Administration Section Head at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is good for computation and backup. 

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RA
Network Administrator

The solution is beneficial for interconnecting POE telephones, computers, printers, and buffering networks.

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LC
Head of Corporate Security at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is communication.

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IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

These are a proven technology and I haven't had any problem with them.

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Branch Manager / Team Leader at Bank Al Habib Limited

The most valuable features are performance, speed, and durability.

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NJ
Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is a stable and good product. It is also easy to install.

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VA
IT Operations Section Head at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like everything about Cisco Catalyst Switches. It's both stable and scalable.

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RS
Department Leader: Project Leadership Production Compact at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

One of the main features of this solution is it is easy to manage.

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ST
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I find their system throughput and Cisco support very useful.

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AV
CEO at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is how easy it is to use. 

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PT
IT PM at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's got one feature, and that's handling extreme temperatures. Everything else is alright, and we buy them because they're suitable for extreme temperatures.

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Networking Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

The product is good, very stable.

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CR
Director at REDCO

The best feature is the technical support.

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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Catalyst Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
563,208 professionals have used our research since 2012.