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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

88%
39 Ratings
9.6

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

96%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

82%
5 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

100%
3 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.5

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

95%
15 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

One of the best switch series available today from Cisco is the Catalyst 9300 Series [Switches]. They work as well as other Cisco enterprise products and are just as dependable. It's difficult to just turn these things on and forget about them with the new licensing model. After inserting the smart-licensing token into the switch, one of two options must be granted: internet access or no internet access. We will have to purchase three years of auto-renewing DNA licensing and licensing is a costly venture. Nonetheless, I have yet to encounter anything that I do not enjoy. Since the deployments, we've had a period of trouble-free operation.
Mst Rahima Khatun | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches are enterprise-class network core switches. They are not meant for small to medium size companies or satellite offices. These switches are useful to provide a highly available network backbone where all of your firewalls, edge routers, top-of-rack switches, and fabric interconnects can terminate on a scalable and secure network.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • [Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches] provide[s] a stable, reliable switching platform. Typically I end up deploying these and once the configuration is dialed into what the need is I rarely ever have to bother with them again!
  • Multi-speed interfaces are handy if you are using newer Cisco APs.
  • StackPower cables give interesting power sharing options for 9300s living in the same space.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Dual supervisors and up to 6 power supplies keep them running continuously.
  • Multigig ports and a high throughput backplane keeps the data flowing as fast as users need.
Eric Stearns | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • Ability to do routing network packets.
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch.
  • The price a little bit high.
  • Strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Software needs improvement, where features are added (Stack wise) or removed (GLBP) without solicitation from a wider audience or depreciation, respectively
  • Software bugs recently in basic features like AAA
  • Ability to turn off all unused services or features to reduce the attack surface
  • Cisco CoPP functionality is not like it was on the Cat 6k platform - users cannot create custom policies for use at the control-plane interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 5 answers
Catalyst isn't even the family, it's bigger than that. The current "family" is the catalyst 9000 series. And Cisco keeps pushing the edge of the envelope with each new family.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

No score
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Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 10.0
Based on 3 answers
I love them
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

No score
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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
If you install the C9300 as a switch stack, the availability is amazing. This can even be a power stack setup, where the chassis power supplies can provide power redundancy for the other member switch chassis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
The C9300 is surfficiently spec'ed to support all the features it provides. We haven't yet experienced any hardware limitations, unless there's a loop in the network, which spanning-tree should take care of anyway
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.5
Based on 15 answers
Honestly it really depends on who is going to take your case. You may need to contact your Cisco account manager if you don't get good support from the TAC.
Lately the 3850 and 9300 switches are affected by several bugs and sometimes it is frustrating when it's faster if you research the problem by yourself instead of rely on Cisco support. On the other hand I found also some really talented people in the cisco support team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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In-Person Training

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Cisco Networking Academy partners with many local Colleges and High Schools to provide great hands-on training. You do need to drive to learn the topic. The in-class session only go so far. You really need to apply this to the real world. Cisco makes it easy for business to connect via CLC or Cisco Learning Credits.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Online Training

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Our training for Cisco switches came from a third party instructor, e.g. CBT Nuggets. This was general training on switches and not in particular only the C9300 series. Nevertheless any hands-on experience from any other Cisco switching platform, will make you feel very acquainted with the C9300. The new switch platform just enables more perfomance and features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
It's essential to spend a few weeks on a Proof of Concept/Value test, to ensure that the equipment is ready for production. It's extremely hard to revert back to older hardware later. This testing period will also be a great opportunity for hardware burn-in, which will reveal any potential hardware failure due to production defects, etc
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

We used HP ProCurves at our old office. They offered cheap switching, lots of ports, and lifetime warranties, but you realistically got what you paid for. They were often times confounding, and much more difficult to integrate together and with our firewalls. QoS was pretty much a lost cause on them. We also had many issues with dead ports. While they were covered under warranty, having to take an entire 48 port module offline to get the defective port replaced was quite cumbersome and caused some outages.The inability to push multiple VLAN's across a single port was also a huge impediment, necessitating two ports per cube, whereas we can accomplish the same thing with one port per desk with the Catalyst 9300's
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

We ran a proof of concept for HPE and Cisco switches. Cisco won out due to the following:
  • Cisco's positive track record of previous Catalyst switch platforms we've had experience with (2900, 4500, 6500).
  • Large TCAM space to support large ACLs used to lock down endpoint access.
  • Cisco's community is large so it's typically easy to find answers online to questions we have about design, installation, or troubleshooting.
  • Catalyst 9000 is a newer platform than Aruba's switches that were perceived as re-branded HP Procurve switches, which have been around longer. While we can't say for sure this will amount to better ROI, we certainly felt like we'd get more life out of the Cisco 9000s.
  • ROI for Aruba Mobility Access Switches was low due to an unexpected EoS/EoL announcement, affecting our campus access switch deployment. This forced us to replace Aruba MAS switches sooner than expected, leaving a bad taste in our mouth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It seems like a very robust platform, which Cisco is constantly evolving with new features and possibilities. The standard network module gives the opportunity to customize the uplink interfaces, in both bandwidth and SFP type
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • The list price of the switch is almost equivalent to the cost for the previous Catalyst Switch models, which is good for the business financial plan.
  • The dedicated management switch port is much easier for out-of-band management purposes.
  • Catalyst 9300 is not compatible with the old switch model, which is a bit challenging for migration in some situations.
Roger Qian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

  • Don't need to buy services - lifetime warranty
  • Stability - even 10 year old devices are still running and doing the job
  • Sometimes lines of products are on the market for a very short time (eg. 6800 instant access) - it is hard to buy equipment to make the network bigger.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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