Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

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10 out of 10
June 18, 2020
We use them as our new edge-core devices where we can do routing and it gives us the flexibility to have high speed interconnects to our …
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What is Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9500 series of campus LAN switches.

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches?

The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series is presented by the vendor as the first 100/40-Gbps switch purpose built for the enterprise campus, and recognized as CRN's 2017 Overall Network Product of the Year. Designed for security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud, the vendor describes their Catalyst 9500 fixed-core switches as high-density building blocks for a next-generation, intent-based network.

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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9500 series of campus LAN switches.

HPE Networking Switches and Dell PowerConnect Switches are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches.

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Paulo Thame | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The integration with DNA Center provides a lot of information about the network, and also turn it simple to troubleshoot. We upgrade to the Catalyst 9500 as we started to implement our infovia, before that we use a nexus 3k to be the core. Now with the 9k family, the network was more stable, and the new features in 9500 are well to use, which saves time to keep everything running. StackWise is also something good to implement in the network.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco 9500 series switches are very easy to customize. It's very good to have the ability to configure a single logical device with that many high-density ports. On some of those switches, you can run 10 Giga and 100 Giga in 2 different cabinets. It's very convenient for the management and the high speed is very good for storage servers for instance
Score 8 out of 10
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The management and the monitoring inside our company are significantly improved with Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches and the customizations it provides have made it more favorable for our company and it is better fitted for our organization, but the customizations detail cannot be provided here as it is not permissible for us. With their analytics, we can better check for the security protocols.
May 11, 2021

Great product

Sébastien Vandenbussche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Prime Infrastructure in parallel with open-source solutions (such as LibreNMS) gives us great manageability on what's going on and what are the problems when they are occurring. Next evolution foreseen: implementing WLC-addon to our Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches and get rid of the two WLC 5508. Hoping in the next months/years.
Score 9 out of 10
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Yes, Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches has a great manageability features, currently we are using two options for managing the switches - first one is the normal CLI as we can manage it normally like other switches, the second one is using Prime Infrastructure to manage the switch and monitor it with scripts and schedule actions.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We do not utilize any of these functions in our organization. None that have been explored seem to provide any benefit over typical management/monitoring mechanisms in the small/mid tier enterprise.
Alejandro Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We have benefited of the advanced customization since the Catalyst 9500 series is ready to implement Cisco DNA and SD Access, so that gives you the flexibility to create new access rules faster and easier that help you with the network performance and do faster a troubleshooting in case the network performance downgrades.
Score 8 out of 10
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The first reason of our upgrade to the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches was to replace our Cisco 6509 Core Switches. While both the 6509s and the 9500s allow for as much customization as IOS allows, the 9500s brought in newer feature sets compared to the aging 6509s. These new feature sets allowed for more streamlined actions to configure and manage the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches, thus saving time for other equipment and projects. The implementation of StackWise virtual within our networks allowed for us to diversify our connection paths between core routing areas, providing us with more connectivity and availability.
Score 9 out of 10
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If you are used any Cisco products it will be easy to configure them as they have the same system like years back, I'm not sure about DNA as I have mentioned we do not use it and if we could for sure we wouldn't pay for this option if there was a choice.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are just getting started with SDA with DNA center and so far just adding it to the DNA center and monitoring has been pretty smooth. We plan to start doing wired ISE, so I believe we will get more out of the switches once that is done. I think this will lead to much great network automation in the end. If you don't have SDA, I think there are some limitations to what you can do with just the switches.
Score 9 out of 10
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Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are very easy to customize but not to manage, you need to have a specialized team to manage this hardware. I wish these switches could be managed centrally and with a web-based dashboard because it is a good product but turns out is not that easy to manage. That would be great to have.
Score 10 out of 10
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The integration with the Catalyst and the Cisco DNA allowed us to create customized dashboards for both the operational management and the most used tasks during extraordinary management activities. Surely having customizable systems helps a lot to adapt this solution to different needs and use cases. The overall benefit is very positive and has allowed us to save by doing the decommissioning of third-party portals that were never aligned with real needs and cost a lot both as maintenance and development of specific features.