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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Very well suited for campus core switches, lots of options for connectivity. Less suited for the access layer. It can be used in a smaller datacenter as well.
Bart Verbaandert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

We moved from a Nexus 5k to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches. They served our needs better than the Nexus 5k and were much easier to use. I would say if you had heavy data center needs you would still need to look at a Nexus series but if you want an all-around great performing Campus switch, this is the one to look at. In my case, I didn't need high port density but did need the performance so it was a great fit for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • It supports programmability
  • It supports 10, 40, 100 Gig interfaces
  • It can be used as fusion router in the SDA deployment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Licensing needs to get fixed, too many options.
  • Make software updates easier.
  • Make the virtual chassis bigger.
  • Support third party optics without having to get traceback errors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.0
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Based on the site load and requirements, the switches meets our processing and fiber ports requirements. Also they have great potential for future programmability options we are looking into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
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It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
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Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco has a large portfolio and variety of products, especially with switches and routers. Although Cisco has been a leader for this hardware for several years these kinds of things give the customer trust. Cisco has done a good job versus competitor. Cisco's switches are very reliable and stable. Competitors don’t have the same products.
Orlando Rosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Help me with the network connectivity between areas.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between the user and each other.
  • Enhances the connection speeds between users and DC.
girgis hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

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

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