Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.

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What is Cisco Nexus Series Switches?

Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

What is Ruckus ICX Switches?

Ruckus acquired the ICX series of campus switches, and in turn Ruckus was acquired by ARRIS in December 2017.

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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.

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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.

HPE Networking Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, and Ruckus ICX Switches are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches.

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The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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When looking for a switch that can provide complete visibility into an environment and leverage it as a sensor then the Catalyst 9300 switch is a no-brainer. Other switches are restrictive and sometimes require you to purchase additional appliances. Hard to justify in a small office environment.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Great for low-complexity data centers or as branch office access switches.
  • Can get a little pricey if adding on layer-3 licensing with the Advanced DNA recurring licensing.
  • Not as useful where high 10 Gbps density is needed, given there is a fairly small module for this functionality, though to be fair, the device is not meant to be a 10 G aggregation switch.
January 24, 2022

9300 in a glance

Zaid Zeitoun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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9300s are meant to be used in the access/distribution layer, a single switch can have up to 48 port with UPOE+ capabilities. with the DNA-C more automation options come when integrating the 9300 Switches with it The 9300 family is not meant to be a CE or a PE however it does support protocols like q-in-q and mpls so it can be used by ISPs.Standard warranty of 90 days and can be extended for life time
Mst Rahima Khatun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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One of the best switch series available today from Cisco is the Catalyst 9300 Series [Switches]. They work as well as other Cisco enterprise products and are just as dependable. It's difficult to just turn these things on and forget about them with the new licensing model. After inserting the smart-licensing token into the switch, one of two options must be granted: internet access or no internet access. We will have to purchase three years of auto-renewing DNA licensing and licensing is a costly venture. Nonetheless, I have yet to encounter anything that I do not enjoy. Since the deployments, we've had a period of trouble-free operation.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The [Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches] for us have been very agile switches. We deploy them across our campus singly or in stacks. They have not skipped a beat in supporting our power users. They might even be overkill. I'd say these are well-suited for enterprise organizations that have the Cisco experience in house to deploy and manage them. I'd say they are less suited for smaller outfits where maybe IT staff is limited or doesn't have the Cisco background to take full advantage of the 9300s.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.