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Cisco Ethernet Switches Valuable Features

Ivan Manchev - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Delivery Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We have been very satisfied with using Cisco 2960 series X with EIGRP Cisco proprietary protocol. This saved us much money and worked very stably.

We also installed 47 and 3850 Switches to the main servers on the 10-gig in some places and Nexus devices using 40-gig connectivity.

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Ken Simiyu - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Infrastructure & Projects at Kinetic Pride

Being able to deal with multiple VLANs to segment the network logically is the biggest feature for us. The management of these switches is okay for us. These switches work very well, and they meet our needs. 

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Maurice Poor - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - Network Operating Center at BCN

What we love about the Cisco switches is that they are very reliable. You can deploy them and go to sleep, and you can be sure that nothing is going to go wrong. Our initial equipment was installed by a Chinese manufacturer named Fiberhome a couple of years ago. Their switches were called S engines. They worked, but some days, you just wake up, and the switch has popped up. It was a lot of crisis. Therefore, we are in the process of trying to take out all their switches and replace them with Cisco switches. We are getting good results in terms of reliability and even technical support.

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Cisco Ethernet Switches
July 2022
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RK
Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The Cisco software does everything under one umbrella better than the competition. HP kind of has the capability. I'm not sure if they still have it, however, they used to license Cisco's iOS software for their own switches, which were decent switches as well. Now, there's Aruba, however, they've been through a bunch of different changes over the years. ThreeCom was part of HP for a while. In any case, Cisco offers sort of a one-stop-shop of options.

It's all-encompassing and can help you in all these different areas. If people realize that they want something that's going to work, that's pretty foolproof, then Cisco's always worth the investment.

The initial setup has gotten easier over the years.

The stability is excellent.

The solution is very scalable.

Technical support is quite helpful and responsive. 

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PP
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

The CLI is very valuable as it allows network professionals to work fast and customize the configuration however they need.

Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network.

Also, appreciate the industrial line of switches for SCADA or other environments where switches are placed in unconditioned space and the temperatures fluctuate a lot during the seasons.                        

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Muhammed Eslami - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I've worked with many features on Cisco's switches. However, the newest features I've used were on Nexus switches. The VPC on Nexus switches, supported on Nexus switches, provides high availability and load balancing for virtual port channels. It is a link aggregation we used in data centers. It's been fantastic.

The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product.

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Jim  DeFilippis - PeerSpot reviewer
CGO at TMS Consulting Inc

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the ability to manage the switches and the ability to have a certain level of familiarity with setting up and configuring the switches. You can link them together and manage them as one single switch.

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DB
Pre Sales Engineer at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees

The features that I have found most valuable are the core reliability and the switching group. All the features are very generic switching features with high reliability. That is the main key point I can highlight.

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DS
Senior Project Manager / Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

One of the prime features of this product is Multicast which is critical for video systems, ensuring you don't take down the network during an event where everybody needs video access. It generally requires layer 3 switches so that we cut up VLANs and separate different aspects of the systems. 

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Saad Aslam - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology Manager at FAP Marine Terminals Ltd

What I like the most is the performance and the latency that Cisco provides.

Once you have the Cisco box, you can put it in its place, switch it on and you can forget that it is there.

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Joel Masocha - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

I love the fact that they can be configured to do exactly what you need them to do, which in my opinion is what anyone with Cisco experience would enjoy doing. They can be set up and configured nicely.

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AB
Security Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

When it comes to switching routing, we have no doubts about Cisco. It's a robust solution. One cannot find latency, such as attenuations, even within our cables. It's really stable. In contrast, some other switches can switch over, but we found Cisco Ethernet Switches to be stable and robust, even taking into account Africa's infrastructure.

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Paul Ojil - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Blue Neuron Limited

Product counterfeiting is a big problem in the Kenyan market. Many people trust Cisco because you won't find a fake Cisco product, at least not in this use case.

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Chukwunenye Ekwe Jnr. - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Presale Manager at a tech services company with self employed

The features that I have found most valuable with Cisco switches are that once you get your configuration you can rest assured that it will work. The OS is not going to be failing intermittently or anything like that. Once you get your configuration end-goal right, the firmware and the OS are usually stable enough to work a long time without support. Support is only needed once in a while. My experience is that the Cisco switches are usually rocket.

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Lusanda  Matyunjwa - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise and Security Manager at University of Fort Hare

The most valuable feature is the after-sales support. I like their after-sales support more than anything because it's very good.

The sales experience was good because we deal with Cisco directly and then buy through the partners. It means that we developed a close relationship with Cisco in the process.

Cisco has been adding things on top of their devices, like DNA, which makes managing them very easy.

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Rafael Riera - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees

Cisco is number one in switches. Normally, if a manufacturer does not have the same categories as Cisco, it's not a good switch. Cisco has a lot of features that you never use that are implemented in the software. It's nice to know they are there if you need them. 

For a simple customer, the initial setup is quick and easy.

Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.

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RS
Network Engineer at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

We just need them to run. There's not any feature that we sought out and we bought them. We bought them due to the fact that we needed switching capabilities and Cisco is pretty reliable.

The solution can scale.

Technical support is helpful and responsive.

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Devanand PR - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

The solution is easy to use.

The product is quite stable, which is one of its main selling points. The solution can scale.

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Hossam Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Team Lead at ElSewedy Education

Cisco as a whole is flexible. 

The solution can be configured to our specifications.

The solution allows you to monitor CPU utilization and memory usage.

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DB
Pre Sales Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees

I think the VMA architecture is valuable. 

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DC
ICT Manager/Systems Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees

We find that, mainly, stability is the solution's most valuable aspect. We normally don't have problems with the Cisco Switches. 

The ease of use is also great. It's very easy to work with and navigate.

The installation is very straightforward. You can likely handle it in-house.

The scalability is very good.

We've used technical support in the past and they've been very helpful.

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YF
sTAM at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The solution comes from a solid company that always offers good quality products. It's a real market leader in this area and can provide end-to-end solutions.  

The initial setup is straightforward. It's not too hard.

The product offers very good customer support. It's likely the best in the industry.

There is very good distribution around the globe. 

The products are very reliable.

A single switch is very easy to manage.

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SG
First Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The Cisco product range is quite good and they have a lot of features available.

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DA
General Manager at a import and exporter with 1,001-5,000 employees

One of the most valuable aspects of Cisco Ethernet Switches is many engineers can work on the equipment. You can find qualified engineers that can configure Cisco equipment more than any other networking equipment.

The ease of use and features sets are very good in Cisco Ethernet Switches.

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DM
Network Tech Leader at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees

We are routing with the Cisco switches, so there are a lot of features, but no single one stands out. 

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BR
Responsable Infrastructures, Réseaux & Télécoms at a university with 201-500 employees

They have very good throughput and backup for their energy. We find, stock-wise and energy-wise, it's easy to use with the CLA command.  

I can create a lot of interfaces, or SDI interfaces for VLAN and SNMP. I can show it with my SNMP platform. I can gain much access to them. They are really, really, good switches.

The solution is stable.

The scalability has been great.

We find the setup process to be simple. 

Technical support has always been helpful.

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MH
Network Admin at a transportation company with 201-500 employees

I would like to have a way to access a graphical web interface, but they either have an outdated iOS or they don't work well with Flash. They don't work well or show us enough details. They don't show errors or bandwidth on particular reports. 

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Silju Pillai - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder, Architect at Espina IT

Cisco's support is number one in the world. 

It is very stable. 

As a company, they have a very good reputation. They invest a lot in research, and they come up with new solutions, new technologies, and new products.

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Sambasiva Rao Venigalla - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities, such as routing with the channel.

The hardware has very good features.

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Hamed Wasel - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Security Network Engineer at Children's Cancer Hospital - Egypt 57357

The valuable features of this solution are bandwidth, speed, low latency, and performance. Those are all features we need for our data center. 

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NW
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Cisco Switches serve their purpose. They add value to the virtual workload. You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment.

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SD
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

This product is widely available and the warranty is very good.

There should not be any challenges with configuration or maintenance.

They have an internal monitoring system.

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TM
Telecommunication Team Leader at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

I know this solution for many years. I know the GUI and commands, and they are useful for me. I have all the functions that I want.

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Deepak  Khemani - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Security Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I have found the ease of configuration and troubleshooting, compared to those with other solutions, to be the most valuable.

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SK
IT Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

I like that it's easy to use. 

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Igor Pigariev - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Consultant at Ukroboronprom

The features that I have found most valuable are that it is easy to use and it has good technical support.

We cooperate with local Cisco teams here in the Ukraine. They help us to develop our system and support it.

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MD
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is very scalable.

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PB
Data Center Admin at Sysnet Global Technologies

These switches are stable and they have a good replacement service.

The support is good.

The procedures and handling of these switches are easy. Anything that you need to know is available in a Google search, or from the technical support.

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

The solution's valuable features are the speed of network transfer, it can transfer four to six gigabits per second. Additionally, we found it to be secure.

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LW
Senior Director of IT and Data Analytics at a performing arts with 201-500 employees

One main feature of this solution is the POE switches.

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Bassem Edward - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Technical Support Manager at kiriazi

I'm satisfied with Cisco switches. It's stable and beautiful. 

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Abdulqader Kaboudei - PeerSpot reviewer
RF Planning Manager at Sabafon

Cisco is a large company and their product is very good with high quality. The features and customer support are good. 

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LD
IT support network at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its performance and reliability are valuable.

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Mammad Mammadov - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect - Presale at BESTCOMP GROUP

This solution is overall a high-grade solution compared to others.

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JH
Senior Network Security Advisor at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature is the simplicity of the central management system(CMS).

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Adilson Dombaxi - PeerSpot reviewer
Junior Network Engineer at Easy Systems

The performance of Cisco Ethernet Switches is better.

It is stable and scalable as well.

It is easy to install.

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MR
Deputy Head of ICT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We like the stability and scalability of Cisco Ethernet Switches.

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Juzer Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder/Managing Director at Microtel Netlinks Pvt. Ltd.

The brand name and the service support by Cisco are most valuable.

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TJ
Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I have found it to be very flexible and easy to use. Overall less hassle to operate.

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MS
Project Manager at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees

Cisco Ethernet Switches is stable and robust.

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TW
Member of Technical Staff at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We only use the basic features, like VLAN, Spanning tree, we find that it works well.

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AK
EVP at Winncom Technologies

The most valuable feature of Cisco Ethernet Switches is their capacity.

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TM
Network Security Expert at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The main features of this solution are performance and ease of use.

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Nation Simango - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at compulink Systems

Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable. 

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Buyer's Guide
Cisco Ethernet Switches
July 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: July 2022.
610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.