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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

90%
21 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

89%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

90%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

90%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching.The 9500 series also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Even with the higher price point compared to other vendors, we highly recommend [Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches] to all of our clients. These switches are built to last. [They] make network management very easy and will benefit any business in the long run. Cisco stands behind its product. It is very easy to add additional switches as a network grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • Cisco Catalyst Switches are very easy to use and manage.
  • Cisco support it top notch.
  • Very easy to scale up as [the] network infrastructure grows.
Michael Kerzner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • Programming is different from other providers; this has caused some issues with staffing
  • The training opportunities do not provide the basics of programming or migration from other vendors' products.
  • Unless you are willing to purchase renewed switches, cost can be out of line with other vendors
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 9600 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 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has great potential. It can support 10, 40, 100 Gig ports. The chipset are high processing capabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco TAC engineers are very responsive and supportive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The Catalyst 9400 was not out when we were looking at new core switches. We thought about using a Nexus 9k but neither were as good of a fit as the 9500. Between price and performance it was a no-brainer for us to look at the 9500. We have not nor in the future would we consider other brands for core switching.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Cisco is top of the class when it comes to comparing them to other vendors in the network hardware environment. They may have a higher price-point, but they justify it with great support and a very long lifecycle.
Michael Kerzner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

  • These switches did require a purchase of the DNA license on top of standard switch licensing, even if the functions are no needed in the environment.
  • The increased SFP & QSFP connectivity enabled for faster processing within our compute environment. While the system is too new to quantify the value added in this, it undeniably will help with its ROI.
Daniel Aldridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

  • [There is a] high price point, but [Cisco Catalyst Series Switches] will save [you] in the long run because these switches are reliable and last a very long time.
  • Cisco offers very good support so you can depend on them to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Once techs are trained on Cisco devices, they will be able to save time making changes to networks.
Matt Raup | TrustRadius Reviewer

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