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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9400 enterprise series of LAN switches.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/ku/AF/F0JDW2AQTDDO-180x180.JPEGCisco Catalyst 9400 outruns the miceCatalyst 9400 Series,We use Catalyst 9400 switches at our newest hospital. They have been rock solid since the hospital opened. They are a great asset because of their redundancy and throughput that enables us to support WiFi 5 and eventually WiFi 6.,Dual supervisors and up to 6 power supplies keep them running continuously. Multigig ports and a high throughput backplane keeps the data flowing as fast as users need.,Currently, only half of the uplink ports on the supervisor cards can be used. This is supposed to be remedied in a future software release. Version 16.10 is full of catastrophic bugs, use another version.,10,These switches have had a positive ROI, in a hospital network uptime means better patient care.,Awesome!Catalyst 9400 Series,We use these switches for our Access layer switches. They can handle the amount of users and traffic we need.,These switches handle a full amount of users with ease, especially with dual 40G uplinks. The options for power redundancy is amazing.,We have not had any issues with the 9400 series switches, so right now I have no notes for this.,10,Reliability and support.,We have not put these capabilities to use yet, but are looking into whether the benefit is worth the time and effort to use this feature.,Juniper Ethernet SwitchesCatalyst 9000s Prove to Be Worthy Campus Access Switch ReplacementCatalyst 9300 Series Catalyst 9400 Series Catalyst 9500 Series,We previously had another vendor's switches, but they went EoS after owning them for fewer than 5 years. It was clear that Cisco was investing significant resources into their new flagship Catalyst 9000 switches and we could count on owning these switches longer than the previous switches. So we purchased a fleet of Catalyst 9300/9400 switches to replace all campus access switches. These switches have features we need such as secure dot1x ports, expandability, fault tolerance, and programmability (APIs, onboard python scripting). They also support future needs like 802.3bt, multi-gig connectivity, and fabric mode (Software Defined Access).,IOS-XE has a large feature set Running VMs and containers on the switches Hardware is reliable Programmability support,We've run into a few bugs on IOS-XE, particularly earlier versions. Many of the cool and necessary features being touted by Cisco require newer versions of IOS-XE (16.9.X and up). As of 6/15/19, the recommended MD is still 16.5.X, which we prefer to use for stability.,8,We've had improved reliability and less downtime due to the increased reliability of the Catalyst 9000 switches.,Although we've replaced the majority of our campus access switches with Catalyst 9000s, we're still fairly new to the platform and have not used any of the newer time-saving features in production. We are currently evaluating their capability to run containers and local Python scripts.,We are using Cisco DNA Center to monitor our Catalyst 9000 switches. DNA Assurance has proved to be useful in detecting issues on the switches and providing guidance to fixing issues.,HPE Aruba Ethernet SwitchesEasy and fastCatalyst 2960-L Series Catalyst 3850 Series Catalyst 9300 Series Catalyst 9400 Series,We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for our infrastructure and to enable our business to perform better in various aspects.,Fast and flexible. Stability. Support.,Security issues. Cost. Skill level.,8,Cost savings on migrations/scale-out.,We use many virtualization solutions and the switches make it easier to implement new solutions. We can automate many things and focus on our core business. Changes can be integrated quickly and easily.,Due to the possibility of central administration, we always have everything at a glance. Problems can be detected and solved so quickly.,Cisco Nexus and Cisco UCS C-SeriesCatalyst swithces - rock-solid base for your networkWe are using Catalyst Switches as the basic access through distribution to the core layer. It is our base for connecting users to the company network. In some cases, we use small versions like 2960C to the biggest once like 9400. It depends on the current needs. Sometimes we even use older ones like 3560 or 4500.,Stable connection to the corporate network Basic security functionality with ISE Uninterupted connection with full bandwidth,Size variations (short versions with 48 ports and full PoE) Port density - for example version with 2U and 96 ports Stacking over fiber optics (without dedicated cables with fixed lengths),9,Don't need to buy services - lifetime warranty Stability - even 10 year old devices are still running and doing the job Sometimes lines of products are on the market for a very short time (eg. 6800 instant access) - it is hard to buy equipment to make the network bigger.,Cisco Is worth itCatalyst 2960 X/XR Series Catalyst 3850 Series Catalyst 9400 Series,We use them as a collapsed core design at all of our remote offices. They allow us to perform all the requirements of a medium to small office without having too many pieces of equipment. The security and management are there along with the speed.,Reliability - they keep going. Features - no other switch can meet as many diverse needs. Supportable - it’s relatively easy to find people who can setup run and operate.,Cost, but even as I say that I do not want quality to go down.,9,Hmm, hard to answer as the impact is not direct. They enable the employees to do what they need to do. The ROI is indirect.,We are unfortunately just getting started on this. I know the benefits will be there.,We really have not,Extreme Ethernet Switches
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June 05, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9400 outruns the mice

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We use Catalyst 9400 switches at our newest hospital. They have been rock solid since the hospital opened. They are a great asset because of their redundancy and throughput that enables us to support WiFi 5 and eventually WiFi 6.
  • Dual supervisors and up to 6 power supplies keep them running continuously.
  • Multigig ports and a high throughput backplane keeps the data flowing as fast as users need.
  • Currently, only half of the uplink ports on the supervisor cards can be used. This is supposed to be remedied in a future software release.
  • Version 16.10 is full of catastrophic bugs, use another version.
They aren't cheap, and I mean that to describe both their price tag and construction quality. These aren't for small businesses, but when your enterprise needs speed and reliability Cat9k switches are for you.
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July 09, 2019

Awesome!

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We use these switches for our Access layer switches. They can handle the amount of users and traffic we need.
  • These switches handle a full amount of users with ease, especially with dual 40G uplinks.
  • The options for power redundancy is amazing.
  • We have not had any issues with the 9400 series switches, so right now I have no notes for this.
I only work on Cisco products so I have a little bit of a bias. With that being said, I have had to work on Brocade and Juniper a few times, as well as other Firewall products, and I have found them confusing and not user-friendly. I think that the configuration of the Catalyst IOS is very straightforward and easy to teach others. For me, they are great for the access, distribution, and even core of the campus architecture, depending on the amount of traffic necessary, such as a collapse core.
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June 17, 2019

Catalyst 9000s Prove to Be Worthy Campus Access Switch Replacement

Score 8 out of 10
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We previously had another vendor's switches, but they went EoS after owning them for fewer than 5 years. It was clear that Cisco was investing significant resources into their new flagship Catalyst 9000 switches and we could count on owning these switches longer than the previous switches. So we purchased a fleet of Catalyst 9300/9400 switches to replace all campus access switches. These switches have features we need such as secure dot1x ports, expandability, fault tolerance, and programmability (APIs, onboard python scripting). They also support future needs like 802.3bt, multi-gig connectivity, and fabric mode (Software Defined Access).
  • IOS-XE has a large feature set
  • Running VMs and containers on the switches
  • Hardware is reliable
  • Programmability support
  • We've run into a few bugs on IOS-XE, particularly earlier versions.
  • Many of the cool and necessary features being touted by Cisco require newer versions of IOS-XE (16.9.X and up). As of 6/15/19, the recommended MD is still 16.5.X, which we prefer to use for stability.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches are well suited for:
  • businesses looking to replace their campus switches and need a platform that will be around for a while.
  • businesses requiring programmability of the network devices.
  • businesses that need newer standard support such as multi-gig ethernet and 802.3bt (POE++).
  • businesses that want to use Cisco's Software Defined Access.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches are less suited for:
  • businesses that want the latest features but aren't willing to run the latest code non-maintenance release code.
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February 12, 2019

Easy and fast

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Catalyst Switches for our infrastructure and to enable our business to perform better in various aspects.
  • Fast and flexible.
  • Stability.
  • Support.
  • Security issues.
  • Cost.
  • Skill level.
If you are looking for a simple and secure solution for an IT infrastructure, you will be able to make great use of the product Cisco Catalyst Switches. The high performance and stability guarantee a good foundation for your business.
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February 05, 2019

Catalyst swithces - rock-solid base for your network

Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Catalyst Switches as the basic access through distribution to the core layer. It is our base for connecting users to the company network. In some cases, we use small versions like 2960C to the biggest once like 9400. It depends on the current needs. Sometimes we even use older ones like 3560 or 4500.
  • Stable connection to the corporate network
  • Basic security functionality with ISE
  • Uninterupted connection with full bandwidth
  • Size variations (short versions with 48 ports and full PoE)
  • Port density - for example version with 2U and 96 ports
  • Stacking over fiber optics (without dedicated cables with fixed lengths)
I simply don't use any other switches in professional usage. I prefer a homogeneous environment - especially when using other Cisco features like ISE. Deployment of 802.1X with Catalyst switches is rather simple. With a mixed environment with other vendors, it is painful. The scenario in which Catalyst Switches are not suitable is a very simple network with one or two switches - the functionalities simply are not used then.
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June 13, 2018

Cisco Is worth it

Score 9 out of 10
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We use them as a collapsed core design at all of our remote offices. They allow us to perform all the requirements of a medium to small office without having too many pieces of equipment. The security and management are there along with the speed.
  • Reliability - they keep going.
  • Features - no other switch can meet as many diverse needs.
  • Supportable - it’s relatively easy to find people who can setup run and operate.
  • Cost, but even as I say that I do not want quality to go down.
Not suited for the data center. I love using them in our user focused environments
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