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Score 6 out of 10
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Catalyst Switches have been broadly deployed in the university campuses over 14 years. The switches serve the campus network for the office space, computer lab, classroom, library, voice IP system, the building control system, and security system. They are the fundamental infrastructure of the campus network. It delivers the essential networking communication of the university teaching and learning environment.
  • Using Power of Ethernet to deliver the network connection for IP Phones and Wireless Access Points.
  • Catalyst Switch stacking capability makes it easy to use in networking management.
  • Hardware ready for Software Defined Access technology will protect the investment while the business decides to migrate to the campus fabric solution in the near future.
  • Make the IOS XE code more robust and stable.
  • It will be nice to have full SFP+ ports available on 9300 switch.
  • UPoE available on all ports.
It is good to deploy at the access comm rooms serving the computers, printers, IP phones, wireless access points, and IoT devices, which are directly from the service endpoint to the comm room. It is suitable for the Catalyst 9300 Switch being deployed as the perimeter area switch due to lack of 9300-XS platform.

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Score 7 out of 10
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The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are used as access switches (stack and single switch) and core/access (in smaller branch office) switches.
  • Stackable
  • Power Stack works well.
  • Possibility of using SDA.
  • No idea.
When you have a new office that isn't yet fully populated you can place one Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switch, then with ease, you can add more of them in a stack to serve the network to new users. Also, the power stack works great, if you don't have a reliable power source, you will love it. You can also use it as a small core for a new network environment.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We have started rolling out the new Cisco Catalyst 9300 switches in our environment to replace our aging network so we can work on improving our security. So far they have been incredibly easy to update, configure, and deploy even without using automated tools. The ones I have deployed so far have been rock solid and fit our needs.
  • Switching - various modules to connect to devices depending on their cabling needs
  • Ease of setup and operation - Can support zero touch setup - works with DNA center for automation
  • Routing - Supports most major IGPs for IPv4 and IPv6 - i.e. EIGRP, OSPF
  • Security
  • None at this time - haven't ran into anything that I haven't been able do with them at my company
Cisco Catalyst switches are well suited for use in many different Enterprise network designs. They work well at the access layer and would be good for the distribution layer in some networks. Catalyst 9400 or 9500 would be a better option for the Core layer but we haven't implemented any of them yet so that is just my speculation.
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Score 8 out of 10
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The C9300-48P are used at our branch offices to connect all network devices in the branch office network.
  • StackWise technology.
  • Integrates with Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
  • The Cisco Bug CSCvi49725 C9300: Group of 4 ports stops forwarding traffic, making extremely disruptive downtime to business as usual, and causing difficulty to troubleshooting, driving up deployment costs.
  • The length of the switch is longer, even with standard power supplies, than the previous model, Cisco 3850. This makes them difficult to fit into tight IDF spaces.
The 9300 Series is the next generation of Catalyst Switches, and is well suited to replace switches in their end of life and with fewer features.
We've experienced CSCvi49725 Cisco bug C9300: A group of 4 ports stopped forwarding traffic, which is extremely service impacting with downtime and troubleshooting time. It's disrupting the upgrade projects of over more than 100 branch offices.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Ours is a hospital set up with about 400 beds. We do need to make sure our IT services provide uninterrupted, high-quality network availability to our patients, care providers, and other ancillary staff. We were using Cisco 3750 access switches before and have just migrated and/or are in the process of migrating them to 9300 series access switches. Since we planned to migrate our entire access layer switches to a new platform, we had to choose one with an ease of deployment, and 9300 fit the bill. They provide a great balance of performance and cost. Also, features like more bandwidth per port, and less latency on the network, help us to provide reliable 24x7 SLA based operations to our customers. Cisco also provides a multitude of SDN features, which helps the network team to build and automate network tasks, so that we can spend less time on deployment and configuration while spending more time on the healthcare business, the primary goal of our company. We are planning to use them for at least another 6-7 years, as we have the necessary port level bandwidth to support their end-user requirements. All in all, it's a great product from a great company, and we recommend it.
  • Higher port level bandwidth availability.
  • SDN ready platform.
  • Encrypted traffic analytics.
  • The price point is high compared to other vendor products.
  • They provide bare-bones hardware so that the customer can write their own code to operate them.
Cisco switches are used widely in the enterprise network, and sometimes they work seamlessly with the other hardware we have from Cisco, so these switches are the default choice for most of the enterprise networks in today's market. They operate seamlessly with other vendor products too.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Catalyst 3850/9300. It provides a stable fabric for our internal network infrastructure. We always install these devices as switch stacks to ensure full redundancy on both power and the dataplane. The switch stacks can always be expanded with more interfaces as the installation grows. This can even be achieved without service windows and zero network outage.
  • The device profile can be modified by installed a new license, e.g. introducing new routing protocols and advanced features.
  • Features such as stackwise and power stacking makes the devices very modular and customizable.
  • Hardware is very mature and provides years of stable operation.
  • Software is constantly updated and supported.
  • The hardware is reasonably priced, however the licenses can be a surprise on the initial investment budget.
  • Leadtimes are often quite long.
  • Global list prices seems inflated and unrealistic.

Cisco is very capable of long term stable enterprise operation. Combined with Cisco's Smart Net Total Care its a very capable setup, which can be back fully operational within hours, in case of a major breakdown.

Due to the price, most of the Cisco Catalyst Switches aren't relevant for consumer installations in private homes.

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Score 8 out of 10
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We use them as our access layer switches. Providing multi-gig connectivity to our Meraki access points. We also like the fact that they can run containers, this is a new feature we are being exposed to, so we are still testing this new feature.
  • Routing and Switching
  • Multi Gigabit
  • Run Containers
  • None at this time
  • The switch itself is quite long. Was not able to fit it in some of our cabinets. We need the 9200 for those locations.
The 9300 is well suited for the access layer. I would not recommended them for the core as they are not designed for this use case. These switches can handle A LOT of traffic. Another really cool feature we are testing out is the ability to run containers directly on the switch.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Used as access switches in the Enterprise network. Feature rich platform which helps with QoS deployments, supports ETA and is supported by Cisco DNA-C.
  • QoS
  • ETA
  • Cisco DNA-C support
  • Documentation of bugs
  • ASIC documentation
  • Upgrade cycles
Best suited for access layer functions. Also good to use as L3 devices for small remote sites as they do support a full stack of L3 features. Less appropriate as a core switch for a large-sized network.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using them as access switches for branch and campus environments. They give us better experience provisioning and managing our network at an affordable price. The Catalyst 9000 family provides enterprise-level resiliency to keep our business up and running seamlessly. They give access to Cisco’s best in class security portfolio anchored by Talos, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Trustworthy Solutions, MACsec encryption and segmentation. This product family provides advanced security features that protect the integrity of the hardware as well as the software and all data that flows through the switch and the network.
  • One network, one OS, wired and wireless. The convergence is seamless with the Cisco Catalyst 9000 portfolio.
  • Policies are applied consistently for security, automation, and assurance, while segmentation separates devices and users to help reduce the attack surface.
  • They support the industry’s highest density 802.11ac Wave 2 deployments with Cisco Multigigabit Technology
  • It lacks a controller with integrated visibility between Cisco DNA and Cisco ACI
  • They can be expensive for certain customers
  • The installed base is still not very high
Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited for business-critical branch and campus environments where scale and an extra degree of security, resiliency and programmability are needed, They can handle the scale of the Internet of Things, where easy segmentation of the network through network virtualization will be the key to automate and secure the onboarding and access of IoT devices. They are less appropriate for data center environments.
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Score 9 out of 10
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The Catalyst 9300 Series switches are the Access Layer Switches of our office LAN. The switches are used depending on demand in a stack or as standalone switches in the wiring closets.

With the power and data stacking options of the technology, we try to reach the highest possible availability for devices that have only one network card included.
  • High reliability
  • Good scalability through the stacking concept
  • One software version across the whole product line
  • Price
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are a perfect solution for offices of big or medium-sized companies where manageability and reliability are very important. They are very good for deployment and management with automation tools.

Due to their price, they are not the best fit for small companies that have only a handful of switches and no need for automation. They are not the right solution for datacenters (there the Cisco Nexus family should be the product of choice) due to the offered bandwidth that's targeted at the office location.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using them as access switches for branch and campus network environments. They provide us with a better experience in the provisioning and management of our network at an affordable price. The Catalyst 9000 family provides enterprise-class strength to keep our business running smoothly. This family of products provides advanced security features that protect the integrity of the hardware, as well as the software and all the data that flows through the switch and the network. You can choose different models and features that can be adapted to your business.
  • Stability of the connection between the regions and campus.
  • They support the industry’s highest density 802.11ac Wave 2 deployments with Cisco Multigigabit Technology.
  • This allows us to auto-provision end-user computers, phones, and access points without an engineer having to touch each switch to ensure proper VLANs and QoS are set up.
  • Leadtimes are often quite long.
  • Strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking.
  • The hardware is reasonably priced, however, the licenses can be a surprise on the initial investment budget.
In our organization, we're utilizing virtualization on Cisco's ENCS platform and the hypervisor platform is always accompanied by a Catalyst Switch stack due to the limited number of physical interfaces on the ENCS hardware.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I can't imagine any LAN without Cisco Switches. They are as essential as anything else that you need to set up a LAN network. I never had any huge problems using this platform, and they can actually work forever without breaking. You can select from multiple models and features that can suit your business.
  • Switching
  • Routing
  • Operation
  • No complaints at this time.
They are suited for every LAN design due to the large selection of models.
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January 12, 2019

Cisco 9000 series

Score 8 out of 10
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We use the 9000 series for ACI and SDN. That forms our core network.
  • SDN for the 9000 series.
  • Large administration base
  • Industry standard
  • Needs more constant innovation
  • Cost
With the 9000 series the SDN possibility is endless.
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Score 9 out of 10
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To split the charge between the regions, and help in the stability of connections. In our case we use it to split the deploy and user charges around the world, actually when we count to go in production with the new game, we try to use this type of switch. It helps us to define with monitoring tools (Orion the charge).
  • Stability of the connection between the regions.
  • It is used in the majority of the organization across multiple locations.
  • This allows us to auto-provision end-user computers, phones, and access points without an engineer having to touch each switch to ensure proper VLANs and QoS are set up.
  • We use it more for our own cloud platform and it works great.
  • 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.
We also use the Cisco switch to configure access control policies for strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking. It will be nice to have only one OID system and not one different architecture of DOC for each of switches. We pay a lot, we get a lot. I guess the price is ok, but we have a lot of reduction
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January 08, 2019

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Score 10 out of 10
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They are our primary access layer switch. We use them in our distribution centers and our office buildings. We have anywhere from a single switch in some locations to stacks of up to 6 in a single node. They very effectively give us the ports needed to get our users on the network and operating.
  • They are port dense enough to allow us to deploy an easy to manage number of devices while still meeting the needs of the building.
  • Easy to manage. The Catalyst switch and the IOS software inside have been great. We have hit a few small bugs and issues in the software but a quick update later they are running strong.
  • The hardware is very stable. I have only had one or two switches that had hardware issues in the 17+ years of using all kinds of different models. I cannot say that about all networking gear.
  • Power supplies, I have had many power supplies go bad over the years. They are hot swap-able (if you have the redundant power or power stack) and easily replaced but there have been a lot of bad ones.
  • Power over ethernet has been an issue a couple of times. Since I use these as access layer I have lots of utilization via phones, laptops, cameras, other devices. I have ran into power issues where I was consuming more POE than the switch could handle several times.
If you are a Cisco shop and have the full stack of Cisco gear then Catalyst makes sense. Even if you're a multi-vendor shop these could still be the right choice depending on your specific need. I would say that if all you need is ports and nothing else then I would actually start looking at Meraki switches. They are more cost-effective for just a port but you lose many additional features that may be needed.
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Score 10 out of 10
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The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are primarily utilized for the user access level. We use stand-alone switches at small sites and stacks in some slightly larger where a chassis would not be best. We also utilize the mGig line for 3800 and 4800 series APs.
  • Throughput.
  • Stacking.
  • Programmability.
  • mGig.
  • Buggy IOS sometimes (still new).
  • Overpowered for small businesses.
  • Licensing limitations ($$).
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are great for small-to-medium sites of a large business with higher data throughput. The mGig, in particular, is great for splitting off higher-end APs in your infrastructure that requires those high POE, 5G ports.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use them in each part of our business: offices, manufacturing, and Nexus for Data Center. The Catalyst Switches are reliable, easy to configure and provide all the features our business requires: high-speed switching, QoS, Multi-Chassis Eth-Channel and many others.
  • QoS
  • Low latency
  • Reliability
  • Resiliency
  • Programmability
Cisco Catalyst Switches perform well in all scenarios of our business. We use them for office connectivity, as an aggregation for wireless, in manufacturing sites, and as out of band switches in Data Centers. Cisco Catalyst Switches are very reliable, fast with a lot of features, and secure. Even if there may be bugs on new code, Cisco will promptly solve them.
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We are trying to follow the hardware refresh policy that Cisco is somehow enforcing. So every, 4-5 years, we change all the catalysts in the entire organization. At the moment we have mostly 3850 and just started the installation process of the new 9300. As access layer switches we use them to connect users.
  • Stacking is quite good and starting with the 3850 the connections at 480Gbs. In INSTALL mode, with a couple of commands, you can upgrade the entire stack.
  • Port security is quite easy and customizable. Together with DHCP snooping and dynamic ARP inspection, you can guarantee a good level of security
  • Usually they are pretty stable if they are running a basic configuration. We haven't have any hardware issues with 3850 in years.
  • Bugs. Cisco (but also other vendors) is not exempt from bugs. Sometimes they can be quite frustrating, and also create serious issues to users
  • The price is still too high, even if the new 9300 has the same price as the 3850. With 3850, to get to the L3 license from the L2, the price is just ridiculous
  • Sometimes waiting 6 weeks for a switch is too much. They can definitely improve the shipment time.
In a Cisco environment, buying access switches of the same vendor is almost a must, but sometimes it could be also a good idea not be locked with one vendor only. This really depends on the company and the environment.
In general, access switches are a good fit to connect users and it's not suggested to used them for servers.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We currently use Catalyst switches in access, core and distribution infrastructures, whether simple or complex environments
  • Easy configuration
  • Compatibility
  • Price
  • I have no major concerns or improvements to suggest at this time.
With the wide portfolio that exists, we can use catalyst switches in any environment. Maybe in SB environments it is better to use SG300 / 500
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cisco Catalyst switches in our access layer. They provide a great balance of performance and cost. They come in a variety of models with different features. They have modular power supplies and modules. This ensures they provide the roustabout redundancy we need. With IoT and other technologies, these switches ensure that we can keep up with the needs of the business. Whether it's from a user or security perspective the catalyst switches have us covered.
  • Security features
  • Ability to adapt to new needs (through Hardware ASICs and software)
  • Catalyst support is best of breed
  • Modular design to grow with the need
  • TCO
  • Boot times
  • Licensing
When you need the features and ability to grow into switches then Catalyst is a great option. If you're worried about security and the ability to secure your infrastructure then Catalyst is a great option.

If you're looking for an inexpensive switch the Catalyst is not for you. If your looking for a data center switch then Catalyst is not for you.
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June 14, 2018

Catalyst-astic

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We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for multiple applications within multiple layers. They provide us dependable port connectivity as well as additional functionality such as 802.1x.
  • LAN switching
  • Voice segmentation
  • Routing and MPLS tagging
  • Port aggregation
  • Per port costs are higher than other vendors, even though those vendors do not provide as much out of their switches, the number is a selling obstacle
I cannot think of any area where Cisco Catalyst is not well suited.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Financial institutions are very interested in the Encrypted Traffic Analytics feature, specifically the ability to do a crypto audit with StealthWatch to meet their regulatory requirements.
  • 1X integration with ISE
  • API access, with Python bindings
  • The guest shell allows customers to do almost anything they need with these switches.
  • Cost
  • Some of the default settings are ridiculous. I always update the log and debug settings to include the timestamp, and auto secure is a must. Why shouldn't these be defaults?
  • The LAN Lite image is useless, I have no reason to sell such a limited switch.
Customers that want detailed logging and insight into their environment are well-suited to Catalyst switches. Small businesses that just want PoE have no interest in such expensive gear. The SMB line is very difficult to manage.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We're using Catalyst Switches for both access and a collapsed core solution. I find the 3850 product to be a great option for just about anything access-related. We're currently using both the 9300 and 3850 series switches as classroom access solutions. We're using them mostly for our students to connect back into our private cloud solution. They work great for this.
  • They're dependable, I've been working with a wide variety of Catalyst Switches, specifically 3750 and 3850 series for 8+ years. Only once have I encountered an issue with the hardware.
  • Layer 2 Access control, as well as the ability to handle closet routing, should the need arise. The versatility of this line of Switches is outstanding. From POE to VoIP solutions the 3850 line provides it all.
  • The new generation of 9300 and 9500 Switches promise much much more, we've only been using them for a few months in-house and have yet to implement the SDA architecture. However the North and South bound API'S included with this OS are very robust and pretty awesome.
  • The CLI is a bit of a legacy. Maybe a revamp of this portion.
  • More robust out of the gate routing capabilities. Stop license gating features. For the 3850 series perhaps adding a more robust API as well.
The 9300, 3850 and 3750 series switches all excel at edge switches. Living in a closet that has minimal air flow or temperature control is where these switches excel hardware wise. The low and relatively quiet operation is excellent, the StackWise capability is also a great option and improves the overall flexibility of these catalyst switches.
Also, the remote management capabilities of both the 9300 and 3850 when coupled with ISE or even the new SDA Architecture further enhances the feature-rich access switch that is the Catalyst series.

Where these switches in my opinion have no place is the data center, their latency tolerances are to low, buffers to small, and layer 3 capabilities to lacking with out substantial licenses. Because of this they also have limited use cases inside of a core solution, the 4500 series and the 9500 series are where i would look for the needs of a core solution.
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We utilize Cisco exclusively for our routing, switching, and WiFi. We have limited use of 2960-series, but have a large deployment of 3560, 3650, 3750, 3850, 4500/E, 6500/E - and are now installing the 9300, 9400, and 9500 series switches. The 9000-series come in so many different varieties they can fill any need for access, distribution, core; from small sites to large hospitals. In addition, the mGig switches provide the 5Gig connection to the Cisco 3800 APs for increased throughput. These 9000-series are so physically advanced, the software is still catching up to what all they do!
  • Access
  • Distribution
  • Core
  • High throughout, low latency
  • N/A
They are excellent for our smaller doctor offices with just a single 48-port switch, though larger chassis access and distributions in a 12+ story hospital or office building. While overkill for a single person working from home, the smaller 8- and 12-port 3560cx are great for "temporary" installations.
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June 15, 2018

Catalyst Switches

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We use Catalyst Switches for all edge connections on the CU Boulder campus.
  • CDP neighbor protocol is convenient
  • Cisco IOS is easy to use and consistent between models
  • Great for serving numerous 1G connections
  • We have had some issues with the 715w power supplies failing
  • We sometimes have issues with the switch denying PoE but a reload usually resolves this (c3750x)
  • Switches take a long time to boot up, sometimes up to 15mins
  • Can only power stack 4 switches
Catalyst Switches are best for enterprise deployments where many connections are being served and they can make the best use of the StackWise 480 technology. They are less well suited to small deployments (less than 24 connections).
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