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Cisco Catalyst Switches Primary Use Case

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

Our installation is totally on-premises. It is a backend solution supporting the entire campus. This is used as a three-tier network for our overall networking. We use it as a call switch at the backend, it is also used in the distribution, and it is used on the server farm switches. We use them for these three different kinds of purposes in the data center at the same time. All these servers can function on the network through these switches.  

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Senior Network Engineer at High Frequency Trading

We use this solution for LAN connectivity. We also use it for routing capabilities. It can become an L3 switch.

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Senior Network Engineer & Technical Instructor at Improtech

We don't personally use the switches; we provide services to our clients, including implementing the switches for them.

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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

My primary use case is providing Catalyst switches for the edge and campus networking. You may have lots of IoT switches, like surveillance access points and you need to implement IPE switches that deliver the power and networking through the endpoint sensors. Most of these are considered access switches. We then implement the distribution layer that links all of the access switches and network traffic, then move to the course switches that handle all the packets and connect all the buildings to each other. After, the core is connected to the firewall, from Cisco as well, to get out of building to the internet. So the core portfolio comes from access to the core. I end with the firewall and the routers to the internet.

Cisco's support is called SMARTnet, but we provide support to customers in case of any troubleshooting or if it's on-premises. We act as a mid-layer between the customer and Cisco. Most customers deploy it on-premises, but some prefer to build their own private cloud. 

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

I design, implement, and troubleshoot networks that use Cisco switches. I am involved in every part of the design, including wireless.

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

We primarily use the solution for the switching capabilities.

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

We have not deployed on the cloud because the company's core business is on yachts. Yachts are not familiar with the cloud and online solutions.

We have been integrating Cisco Catalyst Switches in yachts that are 100 feet in length to 100 meters in length. With simple infrastructure such as two or three switches connected with copper, and with large infrastructures we use a three-layer level with the backbone of a multimode fiber.

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IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

We're using it as basic switches - mainly VLANs and SPB, The main focus is actually for just VLANs and VLAN switching, and that's it.

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

I use Catalyst Switches in the lines of our local networks. We also use ASR routers from Cisco in one. We have other branches and about 20 or 30 buildings. It's a very large network.

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Vice President, Technology, Research & Development at Thales

I am a solution architect and design authority. I define what we need and in which direction we are going to look. We then do some detailed investigation, get reports back, and make a decision. We are working on air traffic control systems. We use this solution for data centers and remote clients.

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

We have clients that have application servers and we offer our services to them. The switches are provided alongside Cisco Firewall and they also integrate into Cisco storage.

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

Typically, the solution is used for a client's official network and several times as a replacement. A client may use it to replace the total network LAN switch. 

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

I'm using almost six Cisco switches.

We use the solution for the LAN, Local Area Network, for the organization, or for business. 

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

We use the solution for its switches. It's very similar to Dell or HPE - only much stronger. 

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

I work in a big Colombian bank and we use the solution for the campus connectivity involving, perhaps, 23 buildings.

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

We primarily use the solution as access switches they get connected to the end-users and access points and IB fronts. 

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

We pretty much use the solution primarily for everything that connects to a network. For example, we use it for user work stations or some endpoint equipment.

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Head, IT Division at USTTB

We have the Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series switches. We usually use these switches for connections inside our office. We have a three-story building, so we have quite a number of switches to connect specific departments. These switches are mainly used to share a connection among computers in a specific department. 

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

We deploy various Cisco solutions, such as Catalyst 3850 to 4500, 9000 Series, and Nexus lineup for data centers.

We've got various clients, ranging from financial services to hotels and higher education facilities. There are many use cases, such as data centers, disaster recovery.

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

Office network

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DM
facility manager

We primarily use the solution for the LAN and WAN.

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Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad

We are a solution provider and Cisco Catalyst Switches are one of the network products that we provide to our clients. Within the past year, we have implemented Catalyst 2960 switches and Cisco 1900 Series routers.

I am implementing complex solutions with the Catalyst series that include the Spanning Tree Protocol. I build these solutions for educational institutions that are servicing professors and students, including wireless services.

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

We primarily use it to provide a hierarchy in the data center, enterprise solutions, and high availability solutions.

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

We use Catalyst switches to extend our network throughout the facility. It's a big facility, so we need to use switches the ABS to get the signal out to the entire facility.

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

We use this solution to provide stability between sites. Also for our customers who have multiple branches, Cisco routers and switches are perfect for them. 

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

I use it for connectivity for my enterprise users. My entire platform is on Cisco, and we have different plans.

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

We have customers that use Cisco Catalyst Switches for SMB, enterprises, schools, colleges, and universities. We have worked with almost everything except the federal government.

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

We primarily use the solution for ethernet WAN connectivity, LAN connectivity, wireless, then integration with other third-party solutions. That's all we use it for, for the most part.

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

We use it to connect our end users. It is used for DMZ connections behind the firewalls and campus network.

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

LAN access, distribution and core. 

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

We primarily use the solution specifically for our internal network - for our users and some servers. We also have servers on the cloud as well, although largely we are on-premise.

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

We generally work with small, medium and sometimes government organizations. We do layer 3 switches, as well as 9200 as layer 2 switches. I'm an integrator and we are customers of Cisco. 

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

We use this solution for our network.

I am a system engineer, and we sell the products to our customers.

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BB
Managing Director at Aster Networks

We primarily use the solution for networking and the UCS.

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

We primarily use the solution for our server. It's a network solution as well.

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

I use this solution for AV, Audio-Video applications, over IP solutions. It's to forward Audio-Video IP packets based on the ITMP protocol. I also needed a POE port to power the transmitters and receivers.

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

We use this solution for a full range of layer two and only limited set of layer three services.

We are a backbone company and we provide a public service. The traffic of millions of users traverse Cisco switches, but they are not within our company. It's a public service.

We plan to increase our usage of this solution.

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

We are using the Catalyst 9200 series as a network switch and the 9500 as a core switch. We sometimes use a 9300 for the distribution switch.

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

Cisco Catalyst Switches are more for core switching because they are enterprise solutions. We mostly use Cisco for all of our infrastructure, so these switches are used everywhere as core switches. 

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

The solution is primarily used for getting network switching and routing for the telephone exchange here.

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

My primary use case of this solution is for connecting up drivers and desktops. I'm a system administrator and we're a customer of Cisco. 

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

We have an Academy, we know how to manage it. We have the knowledge to manage it and it gives us security. We can configure the switch to resolve our internal problems. We can use one switch for five to six years.

It's used for our processor, a small data center, and we have our network with at least 500 users.

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for the office network.

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

We're an implementor of the product. We provide this product to our clients.

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches as access switches, for connecting to what we call the last mile within the office. We connect from the patch panel to the wall jack. 

We use layer three switchings to interconnect between branch sites.

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

We use this solution for LAN and WAN networking.

We are system integrators, and we provide maintenance services for our clients.

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CB
Director of Information Systems / ISSO at Spectra Technologies LLC

We have Cisco Catalyst 2960 series. We're using them for core switches at two locations. We are also using them as endpoint switches and distribution switches. 

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TG
CEO at a construction company with 11-50 employees

We are a solution provider and Cisco switches are one of the products that we provide to our customers. It is primarily used for datacenter networking.

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

We are using 29 series. We have three switches that we use for common switches and routing. We also have a number of access switches that we interconnect to the devices in the network, such as telephone, CCTV. We have defined a number of VLANs that are running traffic between the switches, and we have done interconnections within the switches, cable, and fiber. 

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

This solution is used to strengthen our connections, connect to the network, as a router to multiple systems, network management, and monitoring.

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

We use this solution as a networking switch for a data center.

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

These switches make up part of our network infrastructure.

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for networking.

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

We primarily use the solution for both corporate and data centers.

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DR
Head Cyber Security at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

Cisco Catalyst Switches are pretty straightforward. They offer LAN and internal networking. They are for network segmentations and LAN and WAN perimeter networks.

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Founder at SDWAN Clan

We use the solution as a switch for campus locations.

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

I'm the group head of IT and we are customers of Cisco. 

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for network connectivity.

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

I've been using Cisco Catalyst for switching.

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

We are using Cisco Catalyst Switches as a network switch in our organization.

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

I am a network engineer and work primarily on Cisco products, including the Catalyst Switches.

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SS
Senior Consultant

I use Cisco Catalyst Switches for an SD-Access solution.

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Deputy Chief Engineer at SYSCOM COMPUTER ENGINEERING CO.

The switches are for network infrastructure in an enterprise.

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Supervisor at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Catalyst switches are our dedicated solution for connecting everything into one big domain.

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GG
IT Production Engineer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches to connect devices to a network.

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

We are implementors. We implement this solution for our customers as access switches. They connect the users to the network and identify them.

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RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

I am using this solution as a network switch for my clients.

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Senior Network Administrator at Calm blue ambassador - abcallcenter

We are using this solution as a switch for networks.

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DG
Sr.Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We are using all the three hierarchal models of Cisco Catalyst: 2960, 4500, and 6800. It is perfect for an enterprise setup where you have multiple buildings and you want to aggregate in a single building. 

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

Our company is in the financial sector and we are customers of Cisco. 

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

My customers are using Cisco Catalyst Switches for communication in different areas in the enterprise. My customers who use this solution are medium sized companies.

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DN
Senior Buyer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I do not recall which version we are using. 

We use the solution with our networks. 

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RA
Network Administrator

We are using this solution as a network LAN switch in a financial company.

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RD
Senior Network Administrator at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Cisco Catalyst Switches for corporate and production, such as offices. We have two networks running and the second one is an Everts network and it is more specialized in TV video broadcasting.

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

These switches were provided by our internet provider and they are used as part of our network infrastructure.

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for the LAN connection.

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Branch Manager / Team Leader at Bank Al Habib Limited

We use this solution as a network switch in banking and financial environments.

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

I am a student as well as a researcher at a university. I use this solution for various simulations. I am using the latest version of this solution. We have 10 to 15 technical people in our team. 

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

We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for the local area network.

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

We use this solution in our server room for end-user network conductivity.

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Network Engineer at a security firm with 11-50 employees

We use the solution both in my company and in those of my customers. 

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

My primary use case of this solution is for my company's network connection. 

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

We use these switches outdoors.

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IC
IT & Software Manager at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees

I use Cisco Catalyst switches as part of the network infrastructure.

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SA
Head of Production Information Systems/MES at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Cisco Catalysts Switches can be useful for the future.

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

I am a CMP and know the Cisco Catalyst Switches very well. We use them for connectivity.

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IT Engineer at Continental

My primary use case is to assign VLAN or a port for VLAN on the main network.

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WW
DevOps System Engineer at Monash University

The solution can be used to connect the internet and servers, such as databases.

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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.
563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.