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Maurice Poor
Manager - Network Operating Center at BCN
Real User
Top 20
The most stable and reliable switches that perform better than all other solutions out there
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI."

What is our primary use case?

We are a fiber-optic provider. We have a lot of switches from Cisco and some from Microchip. We have C3750E, which is one of the main Cisco Ethernet switches. All ports of this switch are fiber.

We have a local Cisco partner here who is quite reliable, so we patronize that partner. They do everything on our behalf, especially the licenses.

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing.

Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Ethernet Switches for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've been using them for a couple of years now. They have been running from day one after we installed them. Besides general maintenance issues, we never really have to turn them off.

They're very reliable and stable. These are the most stable switches that we have. In a country like ours, Cisco switches are the only devices that have second-hand value. You could go to a second-hand shop and buy a second-hand industrial version, not the small business or domestic version, of the Cisco switch or router. It will still serve you well.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've not really used much of the technical support even though for the new switches, we pay for it. The main benefit is the updates on iOS. We've never really had a situation where something went wrong with it, and we had to get in touch with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. I wonder why some of the new Cisco switches still come with anterior port RS232 and why do they still maintain that. 

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

Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable.

We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend it, especially for people who are doing wide-scale deployments like campus networks or a city-wide network square. 

I would rate Cisco Ethernet Switches a ten out of ten. I don't see any product that performs better. We had a Chinese company coming in to do a bunch of presentations and stuff like that, but at the end of the day, those of us who are at the back doing the configurations understand that it is nothing closer to what Cisco offers.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to mange, secure, integrates well, and the technical support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is that we can configure the security to suit our needs."
  • "Integration with other networks is possible, but you have to configure it."

What is our primary use case?

We use these switches to extend our network.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that we can configure the security to suit our needs.

This product is easy to manage and can be adapted to different networks.

These switches effectively integrate with other equipment.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other networks is possible, but you have to configure it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches for six or seven years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are three hundred people who are using this product in my team.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are satisfied with the technical support from Cisco.

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

Prior to this, we used switches by D-Link. We changed because the D-Link is not a manageable switch and it has a lot of limitations. It cannot be configured to the same extent.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up because it only requires that you plug it in. After that, it will start working, as long as your network is not too complex. You have the option to specifically configure it to your network, as well.

What about the implementation team?

I sometimes deploy this product myself, but other times, we have a company that works with us and they configure the services. We have ten technicians who can work on these switches.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product to use and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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