Cisco Catalyst 3650-8X24UQ-S - switch - 24 ports - managed - rack-mountable

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  • 8X24UQ-S
  • Switch
  • L3
  • managed
  • 16 x 10/100/1000 (UPOE) + 8 x 100/1000/2.5G/5G/10G (UPOE) + 4 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ (uplink)
  • desktop
  • rack-mountable
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Cisco Catalyst 3650-8X24UQ-S - switch - 24 ports - managed - rack-mountable
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  • 8X24UQ-S
  • Switch
  • L3
  • managed
  • 16 x 10/100/1000 (UPOE) + 8 x 100/1000/2.5G/5G/10G (UPOE) + 4 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ (uplink)
  • desktop
  • rack-mountable
  • UPOE (820 W)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series is the next generation of enterprise-class standalone and stackable access-layer switches that provide the foundation for full convergence between wired and wireless on a single platform. The 3650 Series is built on the advanced Cisco StackWise-160, and takes advantage of the Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). This switch can enable uniform wired-wireless policy enforcement, application visibility, flexibility, application optimization, and superior resiliency. The 3650 Series switches support full IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE) on the Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series multigigabit switches, and offer modular and field-replaceable redundant fans and power supplies.
Cisco Catalyst 3650-8X24UQ-S - switch - 24 ports - managed - rack-mountable is rated4.52 out of5 by25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has become easier for us to troubleshoot but the newer models aren't so stableWhat is our primary use case?Our primary use case of this solution is for routing, switching, and for interconnecting sites.How has it helped my organization?It has become easier for us to troubleshoot and find issues faster in the management software for the switches. It saves us troubleshooting time because if the network is down it has a big impact on production.What is most valuable?The stability is the most valuable feature. We have some outages but it's 95% stable.What needs improvement?The newer models are not so stable. Other products like 6800, 3750, were stable but starting from 3850 it got worse. We have a lot of issues and a lot of bugs. It's a new product so it's understandable but it should be improved.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is easy. It's easy to increase the size of our network, we use templates.How are customer service and technical support?We haven't had to use their technical support.If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?We wanted a reliable solution so we chose Cisco. We began working with them ten years ago. We have everything on Cisco and it's not worth it to switch everything to another brand.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is a bit complex but we have templates so we just have to deploy our template configuration. The VLAN configuration was complex. We have STP and different protocols which are not on the V-port so we had to enable it.What about the implementation team?We implemented it ourselves.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Ten years ago we used Avaya and HPE.What other advice do I have?I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because we are highly satisfied with all of their products but with the newer products, some parts have problems that take a while to fix.I would say to go for Cisco. It is a stable and quality solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-02-20T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides our customers with feature-rich switching, including Layer 2 and Layer 3What is our primary use case?We usually use it for connecting campus switches and to provide access switching to the customer, through which they connect their end-user or end devices like WiFi, CCTV, or IP phone.How has it helped my organization?The features I mentioned definitely enhance the customer experience.What is most valuable?The most valuable features are the Stacking and the capacity of the switches because they have more throughput. Layer 2 is also part of its rich feature set.What needs improvement?For the access switch for distribution, I would like to see them support 100GB, 40GB.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is very, very stable. We have not faced any problems with our clients. There have been no complaints. These switches run for many years. They have not complained about the stability of the network because of the failure of a switch. It works fine.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?As I mentioned, one of the great features is Stacking. One of our customers bought two switches. After about three to four months they bought another one. They only stack the switches. They do not need to add more switches at the core or distribution, connected at the base. They can stack up to eight switches, and they will work fine with no issues.How is customer service and technical support?Honestly, we have not really faced any problems with the Catalyst switches because the configuration is intuitive. Also, our engineers are expert in this area. Very rarely they may have to open a case with Cisco TAC.For me, in presales, I can reach the system engineers easily. They support me a lot. Also the documentation is important. There are a lot of forums, discussions. If you have any problem they guide you and they solve the problem easily.Which solutions did we use previously?If you compare Cisco with another vendor, they are far and away better, in terms of performance and the rich features.For me, in presales, the most important criteria when selecting a vendor are that I'm able to easily access the Cisco website and, if I need any kind of support, I immediately get it from the Cisco team, whether virtually or physically, here in Saudi Arabia.How was the initial setup?I'm not directly involved in the setup but from what I understand it is straightforward.Which other solutions did I evaluate?HPE comes into the picture because they have a wireless product. It's a good product. We definitely propose their switches.What other advice do I have?If you need any support you can find it easily on their website, including documentation. You can reach out to Cisco's virtual team. Cisco gives any type of support needed to their partners.I give Cisco Catalyst a 10 out of 10. It's scalable, resilient, and has rich features in terms of Layer 2, Layer 3, QoS. They have real vision.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-08-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides cost-effective posture assessment, captive portal, and a policy-driven networkWhat is our primary use case?The last Catalyst I used was for a core solution in an airport. That was a 3850. The previous use case was as the backbone of an ISP. We used different models of Cisco Catalyst including 3560s and 3700s.How has it helped my organization?When we started working with a regular Catalyst, the 2060, we mostly had a VLAN-based network. But in 2015, I worked with a well-known NGO, World Vision, in Bangladesh. They have around 84 locations all over the country, and they expected that their entire network would be authenticated through 802.1X. They expected that their network would be centrally policy-driven and allocated, that they would have posture assessment, and captive portal. Other than using a Catalyst, we couldn't have afforded to have these features.What is most valuable?In my country, Catalysts are used mostly for simple distribution, not more than that.There were some other areas we've worked on the last two years. Most of the organizations who were going for Catalyst switches with Layer 2 options expected Identity Services integration. They were concentrating on having 802.1X authentication policy-making.What needs improvement?Recently I have had a little hiccup working with Catalyst switches. They used a few power integration features but I'm not sure they really resulted in much power saving. But, it caused cross-vendor equipment trouble.For example, if I put some sort of equipment other than Cisco in a Cisco network, where the energy is marked as an option for Catalyst, sometimes I end up with a link breakage situation. This is because Cisco can understand its own structural power dependency and optimization, but it cannot understand the power optimization for other vendors' equipment. I had a really tough time managing the networks.Also, Cisco has been introducing some software options in Layer 3 switches. I don't find that to be important so far, when there are have SDN options all over the world now. Certain switches are even leaving that out of the licensing option, and they are providing you embedded options so that you can actually use open-source SDNs. I don't believe that this is a good option, that Cisco is actually keeping so many licensing options for Catalyst. That is my opinion on the Catalyst 9000 series.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?So far, I haven't really found any lack of stability. The switches are really good. The Catalyst 2960 switches had some issues earlier, power issues as I mentioned. It had more port failure and port damage issue than previous versions. But after we found the 2960-XR and others, they really improved.I have been happy with Catalyst performance. It's doing better.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?In terms of scalability, it's really working fine.How is customer service and technical support?Cisco tech support is really slow. In the time it takes them to actually understand a scenario, we have mostly found our way out on our own.In 2015, when I had a major deployment, I had an issue resulting from a captive portal for a 2960-Plus switch with IC. I opened a ticket. The call created questions and seven days went by. So I had to intervene in the entire operation, and found that it had a workaround, and I instructed my engineers to do that. Eventually, the problem was solved, but I really wanted to see whether Cisco could solve the problem. So I kept the ticket going and asked them what they were doing, what results they were providing, because there are certain areas they are expert and, ultimately, they can actually tell me what is the better way to do that. But after 21 days, I found that they were not getting anywhere, whereas in 10 days, we had already solved the problem. Then I asked my people to close the ticket because there was no use keeping it open. It was better that we resolved it ourselves.So I don't appreciate Cisco tech support.Which solutions did we use previously?I have been using different switches side-by-side.There have been certain issues. There was one implementation where Cisco was awarded up to the firewall and Dell was awarded from the server farm to all the servers in storage: the server from the switch, then the Dell MXL blade switches. That was the time got to compare the Dell performance with the Cisco Nexus 5 series performance. We found that Dell's performance was much more flexible than Cisco Nexus.There was another case where I was using PowerConnect with the Dell EqualLogic. When we purchased a Dell EqualLogic, we had to buy a good throughput Cisco switch. When we compared the Cisco switch price with the Dell PowerConnect, we found that Dell PowerConnect was much cheaper. We had certain Cisco switches already. When we compared these switches side-by-side, we found that the PowerConnect was performing much better with the iSCSI.I'm not saying that I shifted from another vendor, but I actually use these things side-by-side, considering several situations.How was the initial setup?I wouldn't say the setups are really that complex because most of the setups we have done in Bangladesh were basically structured data center diagrams, which we have found from Cisco or any other network architecture. Those were pretty simple architectures.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?If you consider Cisco's price with the Dell, you will definitely lose with Cisco. But Cisco has a major area of equipment in general. Cisco has routers, firewalls, NAC, certain video conferencing, Apple phones, and different security solutions. But Dell doesn't have such areas, Dell only has switching architecture.On that basis, Cisco is still better, because whenever someone is actually moving towards Cisco products, they have to consider that they have certain other areas that they can invest in with Cisco. But if you consider the pricing of a Cisco switch against a Dell, Dell is definitely the winner.Which other solutions did I evaluate?I have used Cisco side-by-side with Dell and Maipu, and I found that Cisco is good. But if you compare Cisco's performance with these two, you will find that Dell and Maipu are not that bad. I wouldn't say that Maipu is that much of a product, but Dell is really performing well in comparison to Cisco.Considering the performance, I really chose Dell. But when I have to consider that I'll have to move forward on the next project with certain security integrations, I have to consider Cisco. That is mostly the reason I considered Cisco. Otherwise, Dell would definitely have been the winner.What other advice do I have?If you are considering going for a Dell or Cisco or Huawei, even certain other products out there, Dell has really good performance, and Huawei is also doing really well. ZTE is there, certain other organizations are there. But I always pitch good solutions for Cisco. I do that because Cisco has a variety of products, and Cisco has an enterprise-class solution.Whenever we are providing solutions to our customers, we have to consider security. On that basis, Cisco has a variety of security products. They have IAC, they have good sandboxing with Threat Grid. They have a benchmarking monitoring system. Then they have ESA and WSA. They have FirePOWER. They have a major cloud system security for Talos. Whenever you find Cisco is not actually putting the emphasis on perimeter fire-walling, they are saying "Save your endpoints. Secure your network. Monitor your network." Do surveillance.On that basis I find, even if you go through the incident case analysis globally, you'll find that most of the incidents in the last eight or 10 years are happening inside a network. We need to focus on the internal user network. Cisco has a really good option, a one-dashboard option for maintaining and surveilling your entire network. So I give my customers a Cisco pitch, for that reason.Overall, I am really happy with the 2960G switches, 2960-XR switches, but not that fond of 3560 switches and 3650 switches. And I am really a fan of 3850 switch, considering its performance.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Reseller.
Date published: 2018-08-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Technically it supports most deployment scenarios.Valuable Features:This is the Enterprise Class Switch platform. Technically it supports most deployment scenarios and things that you never know that it supports.The hardware is the most reliable, I saw some Catalyst in hot and dusty racks, working hard and with no issues from a lot of years.Great switching solution from Cisco!Improvements to My Organization:It's resolved most of our customer communication needs.Room for Improvement:It can be a little more cheaper.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues with deployment.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues with scalability.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's quite pricey.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-03-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catalysts are very good in the LAN infrastructure, especially for a campus networkWhat is our primary use case?Generally, we are using Cisco Catalyst switches for the campus network. We are currently using the Cisco Catalyst 3800 Series switches with IOS XE, and we also recently onboarded the Catalyst 9300 Series and 9400 Series, mostly for the campus network. We also use the 3800 Series switch for wireless connectivity, which provides UPOE, supporting up to 60 watts for the PoE devices.Performance-wise, Catalysts are so good in the LAN infrastructure, especially for a campus network. But for a data center environment, we mostly prefer the Cisco Nexus series.How has it helped my organization?Cisco Catalyst is one of the most famous and popular devices for campus networks, widely used in most of the country. They are the preferred networking switches with many features that help eliminate the need for a more complex OSPF. They are also easy to configure and manage. With the vulnerability assessment report, we can see there are more improvements coming from Cisco for campus area network switches.What is most valuable?HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol) is one valuable feature. In the 3800 Series, we have the Stacking feature which enables combining switches to get more bandwidth and produce high-availability. The Stacking feature can also actually eliminate the need for HSRP.What needs improvement?I would like to see hosting multiple applications on the existing IOS.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability-wise it is good. We have had multiple Catalyst switches running for quite a long period of time without even a single reboot. Performance-wise that is quite okay.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The way it is being deployed it is expandable. We can add additional devices, so it is good.How is customer service and technical support?I have used support for Catalyst and it was good.Which solutions did we use previously?In most places, we were already using it, and we are continuing to use it. We could see the stability was better and it's quite easy to manage. We are also used to it. In addition, we're able to get technical support as well as vendor support.How was the initial setup?Setup is quite straightforward. You need to understand some of the basic components, how to set up the basic requirements. Apart from that, it is quite easy. You won't struggle much if you have a basic understanding of it.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Another candidate would be Juniper switches.What other advice do I have?The main thing is that Catalyst has been around for quite a long period. Cisco is one of the leaders in campus area networks, so investing in Catalysts, given that they are reliable, is safe.My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are the* product knowledge* support from the vendor and the availability of the technical staff to support it.I would give a Cisco Catalyst a nine out of 10 because most campus networks use Cisco and it is one of the best campus network switches. Its performance is quite good, it’s seamless, and stability-wise it is good.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VLAN provides us with segregation, but I would like to see ongoing software improvementWhat is our primary use case?We use Catalyst for campus switches.How has it helped my organization?As an access switch, it really hasn't made an improvement in our organization. Access switches are similar, in most cases. It's just and end-user switch, so it doesn't really differ if it's Cisco or any other device.Perhaps the reliability is an improvement.What is most valuable?VLAN gives us segregation.What needs improvement?Cisco should focus more on this type of product instead of on data center switches. They stopped improving the software of these switches and they are focusing on the data center. They should focus on this type of product, more than any other thing.It might also help if they integrated their security products with the switches.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?I had some hardware failure, a defect, on arrival.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?There are no issues with scalability.How is customer service and technical support?I would evaluate the tech support as "fair". They have multi-tiered support and especially the level-one and two don't know what they are doing. They collect a lot of information, wasting your time, and then they keep moving the tickets from level one to level two and level three, and when the issue is solved, usually level-three are the ones who solve it. They're not good at the lower levels of support.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is straightforward.What was our ROI?The ROI for this product is three to five years.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?I would rate the features-to-pricing ratio at six out of 10.My advice about licensing is that you should have a perpetual license, not one that is subscription-based.Which other solutions did I evaluate?I use a lot of switches on the campus: Juniper, Extreme, etc. I use multiple vendors. However, Cisco and Juniper are my preferred vendors.What other advice do I have?The most important thing I can say is that Cisco is using a proprietary protocol, so you should design your network accordingly so that you don't get vendor lock.I would rate Cisco Catalyst a seven out of 10 because of the pros and the cons I have noted.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can dissect my network based on the users within a particular location.What is most valuable?The most valuable features, to me, are CDP, VTP, ACLs, and routing.How has it helped my organization?These products help me dissect my network based on the users within a particular location. They've also provided me the capability to separate network traffic as necessary.What needs improvement?As a user, I would like to see the Layer 2 Switches to have NBAR capabilities as well. It would be nice if the new ISRs have firewall capabilities as well.For how long have I used the solution?I've been using these products since 2008. I have a Cisco ISR 2821 and 2911, Cisco Catalyst 4500, 2960 and 3750 Series Switches.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No stability issues were experienced.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It would be nice to see these products have built-in wireless access points like MikroTik.How is customer service and technical support?I am sorry, but I always go to the forums and not to technical support. I like understanding the system myself. That way it is easier for me to fix issues in the future.Which solutions did we use previously?I previously used D-Link Switches (which was a pain) due to the budget constraints. I switched because Cisco was the best option at the time compared to D-Link.How was the initial setup?The setup was not complex. I already knew what I wanted and what I needed to do.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Get the best that your money can buy.Don't ever sacrifice performance, it will stab you in the back if you do.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Cisco was the best and only option that I considered.What other advice do I have?Real-world scenarios will always surprise you.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Streamlines operations and maintenance and reduces end-user downtimeWhat is our primary use case?LAN switch for both core and access layers. It has performed very well in this area.How has it helped my organization?The ease of deployment and the support are associated with a reduction in end-user downtime as well as in the operations and maintenance efforts required.What is most valuable?Among the most valuable features are the support and the ecosystem. There is a lot of documentation and information, and many support resources are available.What needs improvement?It would be helpful to have the ability to load new IOS software without performing a reboot, or to be able to perform the reboot without disrupting end-users.What do I think about the stability of the solution?This is a very stable and mature platform with a proven record of reliability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Catalyst is very a very scalable solution thanks to its Stack mechanism, as well as the modular functionalities of some models.How is customer service and technical support?Cisco TAC support is very reliable and responsive. It has always been considered an industry benchmark among all IT support organizations.Which solutions did we use previously?Business requirements were the driver for our switch to Catalyst. We needed an increase in port density and an increase in port speed, among other things.The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is the quality of the support team for technical issues.How was the initial setup?The setup of Catalyst, in general, is straightforward and easily done by following the documentation.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, Dell.What other advice do I have?Consider your business requirements and only select the needed functions/features, to avoid over-complex solutions.I rate Catalyst a nine out of 10 because the product is extremely mature and reliable.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supports external flash disks for storing images and file systemsWhat is our primary use case?I was a Support Engineer with Cisco, I used to support customers who were using Cisco Catalyst features.What is most valuable?A good feature of Cisco Catalyst is that it records crash log files which can be used to literally identify the cause of a crash because they have a lot of information. And Cisco Catalyst supports the use of external flash disks for storing of images and file systems.What needs improvement?Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers.Also, some features, are very complex to configure.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Catalyst is known for its stability, so there are not many challenges there. Of course, they do have a platform that comes with its own set of bugs, and then the bugs get fixed and then there is a new set of bugs. But it's okay. Compared to other products it is very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Catalyst is a highly scalable product.How is customer service and technical support?Tech support was good in the past but now it is becoming diluted. Cisco used to have a lot of experienced folks, but now their whole process of hiring and training is diluted, so we don't see as much expertise with the TAC engineers as we once did.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side. But I am not involved in the commercial part.Which other solutions did I evaluate?There are a lot of options when it comes to switching products. Brocade offers good switches, HPE offers a very affordable set of switches. But the purchase decision depends on a lot of factors. Primarily, Cisco provides an end-to-end solution, all aspects of networking, from UIP to security to wireless to servers. That factor plays into it.What other advice do I have?I would give this solution an eight out of 10. To get to a 10, it should become more open-source friendly, more customizable, easy to configure, and less complex in terms of the licensing.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-20T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Configuration is straightforward and all our switches are working without any downtimeWhat is our primary use case?LAN and WAN links in our offices and data centers.How has it helped my organization?When we started deploying Cisco switches in our new office, we were able to deploy them very quickly. There were no problems at the configuration stage and this allowed us to start work as quickly as possible.What is most valuable?Stability. We have many Catalyst switches now, and they work without any downtime. We work with government companies and we can't allow the business to stand idle.What needs improvement?It would be good if they added some machine learning which would allow us to abandon the rigid rules for processing traffic priorities and, at the same time, save money, because equipment with similar logic (like DPI) is much more expensive.Soon, we plan to migrate to the cloud infrastructure. It would be good if the Cisco switches worked quickly in the cloud, like their hardware devices. Ideally, they would be like OVS-DPDK, but they would work out-of-the-box.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No issues with stability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No issues with scalability.How is customer service and technical support?We don't use Cisco support. In our company, we have our own support team with various CCNA and CCNP engineers.Which solutions did we use previously?Previously, we tried many different solutions but we had some trouble with stability and scalability.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was pretty easy. The first setup was not that big and it was deployed in one day with only two engineers, one CCNA and one CCNP.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Cisco's prices are not cheap, but the stability is worth it.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We tried many vendors including D-Link, HPE, and some cheaper vendors.What other advice do I have?It's a very good product but the price is high, so I would rate it at eight out of 10. Overall, it's worth it. Cisco switches have rich functionality.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A robust solution and it enables us to bring the network up in a very short timeWhat is our primary use case?We use it for connecting the users on the network. The performance has been good.How has it helped my organization?I've used other switches as well but, when configuring Catalyst, we are able to bring the network up in a very short time. If the company wants to extend the network or wants to get some new users on board, the usage is pretty fast and, in no time, it gets moving. For other switches, it might take some time for us to do research and get the system online. So it provides business benefits. The users don't have to wait to get on the network.What is most valuable?Cisco is one of the most robust switches, it is easy to configure, and the documentation is pretty good. Once you install it, you never face an issue with that switch.What needs improvement?One feature that I would like to add is for the following: At times, when I add an access list for a hostname, it doesn't actually add the hostname, it adds the IP address. So in the back-end, if my server changes the IP address, I have to go in manually and change the IP address. If the capability was there in Cisco to add a hostname instead of the IP address that would be really good.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's a pretty stable product. Once you install it in the network, it keeps running without any issues. You just install it and forget it.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It's scalable. If you want to install more switches it's pretty easy to pull up a wire, configure the new switch, and connect it to the network. It starts and you won't have to worry if the other switches will be compatible with it or not. In a multi-vendor environment as well, if you want to more switches, it works pretty well.How is customer service and technical support?Tech support is good. The response has been good.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is pretty straightforward. There is a guide, as well as support, on the internet. We just follow it. A person who is doing it for the first time can just follow it and get it installed.What other advice do I have?I would definitely have colleagues go for Cisco Catalyst. It's a pretty good product, stable, and reliable.Most important when selecting a vendor are that the connection should be stable, it should have good support, and it should not be really complex to configure.I would rate Cisco Catalyst at nine out of 10. The one point I'm leaving is for the improvement I spoke about. There is always room for improvement. Cisco Catalyst is pretty good. I have never faced any issues or challenges with it.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Service integrator.
Date published: 2018-08-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We now have the ability migrate to multiple sites, but the TAC speed needs improvement.Valuable Features* Stackable module* Hot-swappable inventoryImprovements to My Organization* Easier to design and manage a network by enabling reuse* Ability migrate to multiple sitesRoom for ImprovementDeliverability speed of the Terminal Access Controller.Use of SolutionI've used it for over four years.Deployment IssuesNo issues encountered.Stability IssuesNo issues encountered.Scalability IssuesThere were issues with the maximum stackable switches per site & monitoring setup.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: 7/10.Technical Support: 7/10.Previous SolutionsWe switched because we had weak tech support, especially for the PoE product.Initial SetupIt was a medium difficulty setup.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingLicensing is one of the major areas of confusion for a person with a technical if they gain the verification from Cisco website.Other Solutions ConsideredWe also looked at Dell options.Other AdviceEnsure you select the right license, power supply and other components to install the switch into the rack.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-08-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps our network connections in a healthy stateWhat is our primary use case?Our primary use is LAN and WAN links for our enterprise network.Cisco Catalyst is used to connect all our WAN links to a central data center.How has it helped my organization?* Low maintenance and very stable; not much of a problem.* It helps keep our network connections in a healthy state.What is most valuable?* VLAN* Routing capabilities and security features* It can easily be enabled and used as need dictates.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It has a very high cost, but understandably, due to its very good quality. This is the reason why some customers opt to buy cheaper brands with same/similar features.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-06-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides us with a robust and scalable access switch solutionWhat is our primary use case?We use it mainly for access, as an access switch to other PCs.How has it helped my organization?The greatest benefit for our organization is that our Cisco Catalysts are quite reliable. We can depend on them.What is most valuable?The most valuable features of this solution are that they are quite robust, they hardly ever fail.What needs improvement?In terms of additional features or improvements, I would like to see more fiber ports, more security features, and perhaps the integration of wireless features into the switch.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is very scalable, because of the stacking features.How is customer service and technical support?Cisco supports this solution quite well. I like the support from Cisco.Which solutions did we use previously?I have always used Cisco. I think it is the most reliable solution on the market.When selecting a vendor, for me the most important criteria are* the competency of their engineering staff* their product knowledge.How was the initial setup?As I said, I mostly deployed it as an access switch, and at that level, it is not complex. If you are talking about using it as a core switch, that would be much more complex. But we are only using it as an access switch.What other advice do I have?Do a comparison with other brands and look at their features. The main Cisco Catalyst features are that it is scalable and reliable. These are two things you should look into when doing your comparison.I would rate Cisco Catalyst at eight out of 10. It's reliable, the features are quite full-fledged, and it's scalable.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:System Integrator.
Date published: 2018-08-23T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes QoS CBWFQ easy to useWhat is our primary use case?AWS Direct Connect.What is most valuable?* BGP* Familiar CLIWe have used BGP over IPSec to AWS but there were problems with bandwidth. I migrated to the Catalyst C3850 because AWS Direct Connect doesn't need IPSec. We have to use the QoS (CBWFQ) function. I understand the function of QoS and it is easy to use.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's a stable product.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is average.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was easy.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The pricing could be better.What other advice do I have?I would suggest looking into the Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X. It has a lower price than the C3850 and high performance, but the CLI is different.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The SmartPort feature has been valuable and helped my organizationWhat is our primary use case?We use this solution for provisioning.How has it helped my organization?We heavily use the SmartPort features. It has really helped us. The U.S. policies are handled by the auto SmartPort feature.What is most valuable?It's easy to use and easy to configure. It's easy to provision and plan ahead.What needs improvement?They should make so that they let users know five to ten minutes before productivity is restored in the case of power loss.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is highly scalable. We have 120 users. It has high capabilities. We only require six or seven people for the maintenance. Cisco has guidelines for the maintenance that are straightforward.How are customer service and technical support?If I ask for any support, they're responsive. Their support is very good. We haven't had any problems.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was very easy, not complex at all.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It's very pricey. Compared to competitors, it's a lot more expensive. They should consider lowering the price for smaller organizations so that it's easier for them to afford.What other advice do I have?I would rate it an eight and a half out of ten.They should develop more customization features. It would make things easier for the engineers.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-03-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supports our entire line infrastructure and is easy to useWhat is our primary use case?We use this solution for the campus network.How has it helped my organization?It supports our entire line infrastructure. It runs from the line under the entire campus and is the backbone of the network. The entire business runs from this product.What is most valuable?The ease of use is the most valuable feature.What needs improvement?They should make it more affordable, improve the cost, manageability, and central management.I would like to see a cloud-managed feature.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The catalyst switches are stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?They are scalable. We have are around 2,000 users. We use it quite extensively and we require at least two to three people for maintenance.How are customer service and technical support?Their technical support is good, one of the best in the industry.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment depends on the scale of the network, because all of these devices, they don't work in silo, they work in tandem with each other. So it depends on the scale and size of the network.What about the implementation team?We used an integrator for the deployment. We had a good experience with them.What was our ROI?We have absolutely seen ROI. You will see ROI if you use this solution for a longer duration.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The price is on the higher side. Licensing is also complicated. Simply, there are multiple licenses required.What other advice do I have?I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Network has increased stability, security, and usabilityWhat is our primary use case?* Corporate network* IP phones* Video conference* Security* Connecting branches with corporate networkHow has it helped my organization?Network has increased stability, security, and usability. Cisco Catalyst has the ability to create new services for users, such as IP phones and video conference. We decreased budgets on the support corporate network and increased user satisfaction.What is most valuable?* Flexible deployment: We can add new network segments without hard work.* Stability: If we lose some network connections, the system automatically creates new connections between equipment.What needs improvement?* Cloud services* Machine learning futures* Virtual reality futures* More IoT equipment* Mobile softwareFor how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs really well and has great support, we use it everywhere in our companyWhat is our primary use case?We use it everywhere in our company. The switches are in our data center and our stores. It performs really well, it's stable. There are some software issues but it's generally good.What is most valuable?Cisco support is one of the most valuable features. If you have any problem you can find a lot of information online. If it's a really bad situation, you can have a technician help you.What needs improvement?It should have better security and the prices can always be lower. The cheaper the price, the better but if the quality is good, it's worth it. They also have to improve the firewalling.SP access should be included in the next release.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability is perfect.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability will depend on the specific product.How are customer service and technical support?Their technical support is very good. They know what to do and if they don't know what to do, they give me the person who does know.How was the initial setup?Sometimes we have complex setups and sometimes they're simple.What about the implementation team?We implemented with MTS Austria. They were really great. They know what to do.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We also looked at HPE and Juniper.What other advice do I have?Look at the pricing. If you can afford it, buy it.I would rate it a nine out of ten. I like it, it works.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-02-20T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The system runs very well, we haven't experienced any downtimeWhat is our primary use case?Our primary use case is system integration on the client end. We propose this solution to our customers based on their individual capacities and requirements. We have also been using the basic functionalities of the tool internally, very basic not to any high-end degree.How has it helped my organization?I personally have never faced any kind of issues. The system is running very well and does what I need it to do. If there are any failures or problems we can resolve them quickly. We are able to get things up and running again and accomplish tasks after a failure within a few hour's time. We are very happy with what we are getting from our Cisco Catalyst Switches solution.What is most valuable?The new series has lots of great features; it's really lovely. From a management perspective, a policy creation perspective, and a utility perspective; the functionality we are seeing in the Catalyst 9000 series is great.What needs improvement?The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon.Some additional features that should be included in the next release could include the ability to create real integration, standard policy pushing, and optimizations.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The product is very stable in all environments. We haven't experienced any problems.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The scalability is great. I have to say that the Cisco Catalyst solution provides the scalability directly in line with our needs.How are customer service and technical support?Our technical support experience has been very good. We have mainly relied on our internal team for technical support and maintenance.If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?In the past, we used a different solution but it was a long time ago and I really can't remember what it was.How was the initial setup?Since we are all certified engineers we found the initial setup to be straightforward.What about the implementation team?The implementation was done in-house.What was our ROI?I believe that our return on investment is excellent mainly due to the fact that we haven't experienced any downtime, no issues at all. This is one of the reasons I believe the production is a good solution; it's a sound investment. We are not losing any time.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The pricing and licensing are fine. To be honest we have found that this tool is able to meet all of our expectations at this time. This solution is agile and meets our expectations.What other advice do I have?Overall, I can say that the Cisco Catalyst Solution is a very stable product. Technical support is good from our experience. Everybody seems to know and work well with the tool, including management cross-functionally it's a tool that we enjoy using.I would rate it an eight out of ten. The only reason I'm not giving this solution a slightly high rating is due to the fact that we are seeing improvements in the new series of this solution. What we are seeing and what we are expecting are great improvements; the management team likes the new type of architecture we are seeing in the new series of the tool.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-04-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?This switch and its functionality allowed me to deploy a secure network connection in three months.?Valuable Features* Security* ConfigurationRoom for ImprovementAt first glance this switch looks exactly like the an Ethernet switch, I would recommend that there be verbage in the documentation on exactly what gbit connectors are required.Use of SolutionWe've been using it for eight years.Deployment IssuesThere have been no issues with the deployment.Stability IssuesThe stability has never been an issue.Scalability IssuesWe've had no issues scaling it for our needs.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: It's great.Technical Support: It's great.Previous SolutionsWe didn't have anything in place and needed a fiber solution.Initial SetupIt was very straightforward.Implementation TeamWe did it in-house with help from the vendor.Other Solutions ConsideredThere were no other options looked at.Other AdviceMake sure you get the right connectors.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-03-20T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 802.1X port security works well and helps keep the network secureWhat is our primary use case?Access layer Switches. VLAN Segmentation, Inter-VLAN and LAN Routing. 802.1X network access device.How has it helped my organization?This platform has enabled reliable connectivity across the entire campus network. Great performance and stability ensure that the network is available where you need it. The 802.1X port security and other security features work well and help keep the network secure. PoE helped us deploy WLAN APs, security cameras, and IP phones with minimal cabling.What is most valuable?* Very stable and dependable switches.* The wide range of features will be enough for almost any LAN environment.* The CLI is pretty much the same across all switching and routing platforms from Cisco, making deployment of new switches, replacement of damaged equipment, or upgrades to newer platforms very easy.What needs improvement?I have found no major drawbacks in the Catalyst platforms. The price is high, but for seemingly the best LAN switching platform available, coupled with Cisco's excellent support, the price doesn't seem to be too much.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No issues with stability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No issues with scalability.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is the best I have worked with.How was the initial setup?Basic switching functionality works out-of-the-box, as with any other switch. Complexity will depend on the task at hand, but if you're familiar with the Cisco CLI you should have no problem finding your way.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.What other advice do I have?I have been working with Catalyst switches for 10 years. Cisco support is among the best there is. Use it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We use it for networking, it's very stable and has good scalabilityWhat is our primary use case?Our primary use case is for networking, both for the local network and our internet network.What is most valuable?The stability and Cisco's support are the most valuable features.What needs improvement?The prices are high. It's more expensive than other similar options.I would like for them to include more cloud options in the next release and a smaller router.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's a very stable product. It has become increasingly more stable since we started working with them in 1988.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is good.If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?We knew we needed to switch solutions because we have a client who told us what they need for their future projects. We strategized and went with this solution. We try to find them the best product.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward.What about the implementation team?We used a Cisco representative for the initial deployment. We didn't have any problems with them, it was a good experience.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We also looked at Huawei but we went with Cisco because we're more comfortable with them even though their prices are a little higher.What other advice do I have?I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the prices.I would advise someone considering this solution to check out all of your options and go back to Cisco.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-02-20T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ease of configuration, the CLI, and the GUI are the key features for usWhat is our primary use case?The use case is for user access. It's good, it's performing very well.How has it helped my organization?Catalyst functions as a core and the main benefit for us is the performance, having multiple users.What is most valuable?The main valuable features for me are* the ease of configuration* CLI* GUI.What needs improvement?My dream is to have the netflow in the port, for the administration and the utilization of user traffic, similar to the Meraki.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It's very scalable. It's very easy to cover all the services.Which solutions did we use previously?We chose Catalyst because we are looking to the future.When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria for me are the post-sale support as well as the price.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Catalyst is very expensive.Which other solutions did I evaluate?For our company, Cisco's competition was Aruba.What other advice do I have?The configuration is simple and the support is good. The equipment for networking is the best for an organization. It's working very well.I rate Catalyst at 10 out of 10 because of the performance and support.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It uses many protocols to ease operations, such as CDP and the interoperability of other Cisco productsWhat is our primary use case?Switching environments, as part of a LAN management solution, where the customer needs to build, operate, and maintain Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks for internal use.How has it helped my organization?It uses many protocols to ease operations, such as CDP and the interoperability of other Cisco products.What is most valuable?Perpetual POE is a valuable feature, because when the switch reboots, access points do not. This helps minimize infrastructure downtime and impacts internals.What needs improvement?* Services should be improved.* The delivery of the product lead time should be improved as well.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The price should go down instead of up.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-04-16T00:00:00-04:00