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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  • Software Defined Access.
  • Rapid Threat Containment.
  • Built in SSD for running apps like ThousandEyes and CyberVision.
  • NetFlow generation.
  • Pricing.
January 24, 2022

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Zaid Zeitoun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Everything an access switch can do, NAC, port security, power over Ethernet
  • Can host apps like snort
  • Has built-in wireshark
  • Up to 8 switches in one stack
  • Integrates with DNA-C
  • more power supplies
  • 50 gig uplink modules
  • here I am led, that would shine once a cli command is executed
Mst Rahima Khatun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Stable and easy-to-use connections both outside and inside the refinery.
  • Unlike previous switches, it can withstand extreme heat or cold and perform extremely well.
  • It is simple and swift to assign different VLANs to different ports, as well as to create VLCs to keep things redundant.
  • Some uplinks from ports give us problems, and light indicators aren't very helpful. Also, stacking them can be a pain sometimes.
  • Using standard three-way power cables and DNS servers, automation and a complete set of analytics are both possible.
  • Licenses can throw off the initial investment budget if there are no unneeded DNA license requirements. Hardware is also reasonably priced.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • [Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches] provide[s] a stable, reliable switching platform. Typically I end up deploying these and once the configuration is dialed into what the need is I rarely ever have to bother with them again!
  • Multi-speed interfaces are handy if you are using newer Cisco APs.
  • StackPower cables give interesting power sharing options for 9300s living in the same space.
  • Documentation with Cisco has always been very thorough, but it can be difficult to parse through for straight answers on how to do something. This isn't any fault of the hardware itself of course.
  • Like most Cisco products it can be hard to get started with them if you don't have the IOS background, which leaves you going the consultant route.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Multiple VLANs per port.
  • Quick and easy assigning of different VLANs per port.
  • Cisco ISE Integration.
  • Trunking of VLANs between switch stacks on different floors.
  • Cost. They're expensive, as is the maintenance.
  • If someone is not familiar with Cisco's IOS, it can be intimidating.
  • A better GUI interface would be awesome.
  • Cisco is overly dependent on Java for their tools. While the universal nature of Java is appealing, it doesn't always make for great product reliability. It also makes Java client updates stressful, as you never know if a new release will break the tools.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • vlan creation and management
  • Routing
  • ISCSI San
  • Creating VLCs to keep things redundant
  • I wish they had the Nexus OS instead of the IOS
  • By default they have Jumboframes but it isn't listed with a show run. this makes it a challenge.
  • Stacking them can be challenging.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Multi-Gig support over copper ethernet
  • Higher power POE support for a variety of devices
  • Very high performance compared to previous switches
  • UPOE+ compatibility with existing devices. I had a very difficult time getting Avigilon cameras to work on this switch. Spent days with Avigilon and Cisco but we did finally get it working. UPOE+ is still fairly new, so make sure your devices are supported.
  • LLDP Support
  • Clear support for POE features
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Stable connections in both outside and inside locations of the refinery
  • Able to handle extreme heat or cold temperatures.
  • Superb access for VOIP phones, access points, multiple VLANs, QOS
  • Would like to see SFP+ ports available.
  • At times port channel uplinks give us issues and light indicators are not helpful
  • Cost is a little high
Alejandro Araya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
  • very good product
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 6 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.