Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Reviews

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Roger Qian | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 14, 2019

My First Taste of Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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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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Artur Rutkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 26, 2019

An overall good switch for versatile use cases

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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Jesse Myhre | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 14, 2019

Catalyst 9300 first impressions

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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Elden Torres | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 11, 2019

Cisco bug that bites

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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SURESH GADDE | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 11, 2019

9300 series switches

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 13, 2019

Cisco Catalyst provides a longterm stable network fabric for enterprise infrastructures.

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 16, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 14, 2019

Cisco Cat 9300 review - My favorite new switch

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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Jose Antonio Alvarez Cubero | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 05, 2019

Solutions for a new era of intent-based networking.

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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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Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 07, 2019

Evolving our Office LAN with the next evolution of Cisco Catalyst switches.

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 05, 2019

"My Review of Cisco Switches"

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 08, 2019

Fair and honest

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 29, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 14, 2019

Cisco Catalyst Switches as foundation of our network

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 09, 2019

Cisco Catalyst is a pretty solid choice, but is it the only one?

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2019

Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

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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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Ryan Steele | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 26, 2018

Catalyst for intent based networking

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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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Mark Ciecior | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 11, 2018

Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2018

Next Gen Catalyst Good choices

Score 9 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 04, 2018

Cisco Switches are a Must for any Enterprise

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 15, 2018

Catalyst Switches

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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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About Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.
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