Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Reviews

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December 18, 2020
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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They really are awesome switches. They are not the cheapest, so if your goal is bargain-basement switching, Ubiquiti or another inexpensive network gear manufacturer may be a better match for you. If you want consistent, reliable switching with a great feature set, they are tough to beat. We previously had HP ProLine switches in our old office, and the 9300's are an absolute DREAM compared to those.

We run different VLAN's for each service, per floor (One for Voice, One for Video, One for Zero Clients, and one for Workstations), and it really is a snap getting all of those configured. If we need to push a VLAN down from one floor's switch stack to another, that too is quite simple.
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December 04, 2020
John Castillo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches come in a very good variety of configurations to match your needs of Multi-Gig ports and power requirements. They also have excellent stacking configurations for both data and power. They are excellent to support POE speakers, clocks, etc. They are also perfect for IP phones and Wifi 6 wireless access points. They are very large when it comes to depth, so make sure your existing racks will support the switches. The power supplies with plugs stick out quite a bit and can cause issues. They are pricey, so if you do not have need of the higher end features, you may want to consider a lower model. Also there are new licensing requirements to consider.
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November 10, 2020
Aaron DeFrates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Extremely suitable for large campuses or locations with widespread access. May not be required for smaller offices or home use.
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April 28, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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In my case, I can say that 9300 series (depending the model and the type of license of course) is doing pretty much everything.
For some specific customers it's used as core switch and doing routing.
For some others it's used as distribution switch.
And for the customers who have more "money," they used them as access switch, which seems to be a bit too powerful for this need.
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December 13, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The switches as hardware are great! They work as expected and are same stability driven as other Cisco enterprise products. Unfortunately Cisco stands on Licensing and need to sell extra mandated licensing kills the wonderful set and forget fantasy...
The new "Licensing model" makes it very complicated to set and forget with this switches. They require either a special "Exception" where smart-licensing token gets installed on the switch, or they will always need to have an internet access, in a lot of cases, especially for layer 2 switches this is not possible, or not ideal.
Another issues is with the DNA licensing that you are FORCED to purchase with the switches 3 year(auto renew) DNA licensing, which requires DNA controller servers to be used, and if 1 server is used no automation can take place, you need 3...

Overall this are great switches and are same as always expected from Cisco, but take note on the licensing and don't forget to cancel DNA subscription if you wont be using it...
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February 22, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are well suited as a replacement for our aging Cisco 3850 Series Switches. In our environments, this is typically used as a core switch and handles that task very well. The only downfall of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches is that Cisco did not release an SFP+ only model, which the 3850 Series has.
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December 10, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The overall performance and flexibility of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches make them very versatile switches for a lot of different applications. Bundle in TAC support, and it's a great solution for pretty much any application except for core networks or larger distribution environments.
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September 08, 2020
Lawrence Mashimbye | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Catalysts 9300 Series Switches are the best solution for the Internet of things and Cloud networks. They improved performance and security. Better management through Cisco DNA.
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August 05, 2020
Alejandro Araya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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En nuestra organización, estamos utilizando la virtualización en la plataforma ENCS de Cisco y la plataforma del hipervisor siempre está acompañada por una pila de Catalyst Switch debido a la cantidad limitada de interfaces físicas en el hardware ENCS.
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June 14, 2019
Roger Qian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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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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September 26, 2019
Artur Rutkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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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June 14, 2019
Jesse Myhre | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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June 11, 2019
Elden Torres | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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May 07, 2019
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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August 13, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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July 16, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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June 11, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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June 14, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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February 05, 2019
Jose Antonio Alvarez Cubero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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June 26, 2018
Ryan Steele | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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
Brandon Hudson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I cannot think of any area where Cisco Catalyst is not well suited.
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June 11, 2018
Mark Ciecior | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

The Catalyst 9300 Series is described by Cisco as the next generation of the industry's most widely deployed stackable switching platform, recognized as CRN's 2018 Overall Network Product of the Year. And for security, IoT, and the cloud, these switches form the foundation of Cisco Software-Defined Access, their enterprise architecture solution.
Categories:  LAN Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Competitors

HPE Networking Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Ruckus ICX Switches (formerly Brocade ICX Switches)

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Technical Details

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.

What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches's best feature?

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 9.9.

Who uses Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.