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"The solution has high performance and we do not have to troubleshoot the network.""As there are many who are knowledgeable of this technology, this translates into extensive support for it.""I like the flexibility of this product.""The solution is beneficial for interconnecting POE telephones, computers, printers, and buffering networks.""The solution offers great scalability.""I like everything about Cisco Catalyst Switches. It's both stable and scalable.""These switches are very stable. We haven't had any problems. We also have some old switches that are working for almost ten years.""The configuration and command set are user-friendly."

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"Port density and port speed performance are both suitable. It has some appealing intangibles."

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"Its initial setup can be simpler, and it would be great if we can work with a reference architecture. Cisco has the capability to provide a very integrated solution. They have DNA Center, Cisco ISE, Cisco Prime, FMC, and AMP. We are looking at all the products, but it is rather complex to pick out the right licenses that you need. The license structure is a bit complex. Sometimes, there is an overlap in products, which does not really make sense. For example, you have DNA Center and Cisco Prime, and it is not really clear what you would use for what exactly. There is a lot of information on the Cisco website, but it takes a while to go through all this and look at the presentations that are available from Cisco Live. These presentations are appreciated, but sometimes, they are a bit too much like bullet points. You don't exactly know what's behind it, so you have to do a second guess. Overall, there is a lot of information but not always to the point.""The price of the product is very expensive.""The solution could improve by adding a user-friendly GUI. We use third-party applications for log monitoring that are expensive and if Cisco could provide log monitoring as part of this solution it would be beneficial.""They need to simplify the Web GUI and make it easier to use, and more intuitive for the users.""I think one switch should go beyond the 10 gig connectivity to 40 gigs.""Cisco needs to improve compatibility with other solutions and other vendors like SolarWinds. We've had problems using Catalyst with SolarWinds. Some devices can't be put on SolarWinds due to some ID Values and so on.""The delivery dates need to be more expedient.""The technical support, in some cases, should be faster and could improve."

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"Instead of competing at the enterprise level with that product, they should probably scale it. With all of the ports, they should develop a good mid-level business to truly scale it and gain adoption before attempting to go after the enterprise."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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  • "You are selling it to larger customers and in larger environments, where it's a less expensive model than Cisco, which is attempting to use the same approach Arista did, but with a completely different programming language."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.
    Top Answer:Port density and port speed performance are both suitable. It has some appealing intangibles.
    Top Answer:There is a lack of support because there is a lack of adoption. Because Cisco switches are so widely used, anyone in the world can support them. It was two Cisco engineers who released Arista's code… more »
    Top Answer:We have designed a solution around it with our OEMs and we send it to our customers.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    Dell-Force10 Managed Campus LAN Switches bring users efficient connections to the network with highly functional access and aggregation switching. Products consist of: Dell EMC Networking N1100 Series, Dell Networking N1500 Switches, Dell Networking N2000 Series, Dell Networking N3000 Series and Dell Networking N4000 Series.
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    Sample Customers
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    Norwich University of the Arts, Shelby American, City and Islington College
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Buyer's Guide
    LAN Switching
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Netgear, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others in LAN Switching. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is ranked 12th in LAN Switching with 1 review. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches writes "Performs well, but the support and stability could be improved". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches, whereas Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches is most compared with Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Arista Campus LAN Switches.

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