Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches Reviews

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Orlando Rosas | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 30, 2019

9500 Series Switches in a real environment

Score 9 out of 10
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They represent the core of our network, all the communication of our critical services crosses this equipment. The problem that it represents today is that administration becomes complex as we integrate more remote sites with the same technology. Administration via command line becomes an extensive and complex job.
  • Throughput
  • Redundancy
  • Security
  • Modular
  • Pricing
  • Port density
  • Administration
Well suited for large enterprise core and distribution switches, scenarios with large throughput demand, critical services and 24x7 operations.
Less appropriate for small enterprises and OT industry, these switches are not useful and it becomes expensive to mostly have them in small enterprises. For OT the physical environment does not allow for a switch like 9500.
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Idan Malei | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 29, 2020

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series is the best

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We use Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches for backbone and aggregate floor switches, stacked with StackWise Virtual, and we used 10G-40G ports.
  • Easy to config
  • Fast
  • Stackwise
  • Rollback
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches has various models to fit anywhere.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 30, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9500 connects your security solutions

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At my organization Cisco Catalyst is used as an interconnecting devices for our complex security solutions. The 9500 Series has excellent performance stability benefits.
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Cisco Catalyst se encuentra interconectando una solución de seguridad compleja con excelentes prestaciones de estabilidad desempeño
  • High performance | Desempeño
  • Very stable | Estabilidad
  • Very reliable | Confiabilidad
  • Virtual Stack Wise
  • Precios
  • Stack
Para interconectar dispositivos que necesiten alta velocidad de procesamiento es ideal. // Their ideal use is for interconnecting devices that require a high processing speed.
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girgis hady | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 26, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches Review

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We are using Cisco devices all over our network, and use the Cisco Catalyst 9500 series as our core switch. We use 2 devices with virtual stack to provide high availability and dual connection to each access switch to provide fully redundant connectivity. Also, we use these switches as a DHCP server, NTP server, VTP server to all network switches and users.
  • High performance.
  • High-density ports.
  • Great availability of features.
  • Provide more documentation.
Cisco Catalyst Switches are suitable for campus network to connect users to the network, I prefer Cisco Catalyst 9500 for the core switches and Cisco Catalyst 9200 for the access switches to connect users to it. Catalyst Switches are less appropriate in a data center connectivity due to the high performance needed inside the Data Center, so Nexus switches are better there.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 27, 2019

Feature, future potential and use cases of Cisco Catalyst 9500 switches

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We are currently using CAT 9500-40X and 9500-32C at our campus and branches. The switches are used at either distribution or core layer.
  • It supports programmability
  • It supports 10, 40, 100 Gig interfaces
  • It can be used as fusion router in the SDA deployment
  • 9500-32C is not supported in the DNA
  • There are some bugs on the stackwise virtual stacking uses. The stacks get splitted and manual reboot is required to fix it
9500 is well suited if the requirement is for fiber ports. The 9500 has only fiber ports. The chip sets on the 9500 are powerful. So, they are recommended on the aggregation layer on the larger deployment at the campus or branches. However, they are not suited if there are requirements for copper ports and traffic load is not huge.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 21, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches vs Nexus 3k

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I implemented a dual 9500 HA redundancy setup to replace the old 6500's that were being used as the core switches. Upon initial inspection, the Nexus 3k looked to be a better fit for our purpose, however, it came at a very steep price point. Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches was a great alternative as it had all the software-defined network integration that was needed to start the Cisco DNA journey.
  • Throughput.
  • Software-defined.
  • Analytics.
  • Security.
  • Price.
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are definitely a campus grade core/distribution switch depending on your speed requirements.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 04, 2019

Why do not you want to improve your campus's agility?

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We decided to implement them to manage our throughput and security needs. The Cat9K family allows us to better enforce our policies with software-defined segmentation approach. We were also interested in getting more information about encrypted traffic without adding inline appliances that reduce the scalability and increase costs. We're planning to integrate it with our Stealthwatch installation that already leverages the netflow traffic generated by the latest switching and routing Cisco family.
  • Programmability
  • Analytics of Encrypted Traffic
  • Software Defined Access
  • Security
  • Netflow
  • Cost
I suggest using these switches only if you want to benefit from the power of network programmability or if you want to implement policies across your campus (and not just the traditional perimeter) and consider the network as a critical element of your business, for which you need infrastructure that is scalable, resilient and quick to reprogram.
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About Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9500 series of campus LAN switches.
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