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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Overview

What is Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9500 series of campus LAN switches.

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Recent Reviews

We like 9500s

10 out of 10
June 18, 2020
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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 Nexus Series Switches?

Cisco Nexus is a series of network switches.

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Product Details

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are well suited for campus and small office environments to provide reliable network connectivity for users in the indoor environment. If needed to deploy for outdoor environment, they tend to be a little hot which may affect the lifespan of the equipment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It's well suited to a multi-tenancy environment. So if you have many customers and air-shared data center infrastructure, you can divide them into the tenants. So you really can separate everything. The security zones are still running on the same devices but they're really separated from the basement on. So this is one of the biggest advantages for our customers actually.
Paulo Thame | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Appropriate to be the network core. We use it in our infovia. Some places use 100GB connections and others, 40GB connections. The configuration is pretty simple to be done and maintain. The integration with DNA Center and other solutions is good and simplifies the troubleshooting when needed to resolve issues. The automation with DNAC is very good.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are great for providing end-to-end security and we are getting lightning-fast speed and this is massive for us. It is good for creating a link between web servers and database servers. And it is good for even the larger organizations as well; I would say it is helping in connecting devices across our organizations.
May 11, 2021

Great product

Sébastien Vandenbussche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Very well designed for fixed infrastructures. However, might be a plus for Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches to gather information around the world about venues/concert/hospitalities/congresses, the way they proceed and/or operates. The IT in this field of "Networking" is very recent and expands at an increases growth very quickly. The desires of end-customers might change within a week or a day, and they need to reconfigure the switching side cans be easier (ie: cron's, easiest QoS, P2P or not, ...)
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are well suited for small enterprises if you are not looking nor have [a] need for extreme bandwidths but you have SD access on your agenda. And vice versa, if you have a high demand for traffic throughput - you should consider [the] Nexus series.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst Switches 9500 Series fits perfectly in medium to large companies as a core or aggregation switch with the benefit of virtual stack - you can use two of them as a one switch for expansion, durability and high availability. It gives you the flexibility to use all Catalyst Series features with a great throughput and high performance with high interface bandwidth.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The [Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches] is very well suited for datacenter core and distribution models, they work very well as a replacement for the 3850 switches that many smaller organizations use for core switching. The Catalyst 9500 series switches also works very well as a top of rack aggregation switch for SFP and QSFP connectivity.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We actively use Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches in a dual-active pairing through StackWise. For a medium-sized organization such as ours, the connectivity options that Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches provide are more than sufficient for backbone speeds between our various distribution points across our institution.

I do not believe these switches are for those feint of heart or those not already used to Cisco IOS-based devices. Minor configuration errors, as with any switch, have great potential for bringing your business down to its knees.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Communication between web servers and database servers or just doing replication of database where you need to get proper speeds so all copy in lightning fast speeds. This is how we use it and I think this is how I would recommend to use it. Also they can be used as core for your large office infrastructure.
Bill Holmberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Great for core switching between hosts and SAN--not really appropriate for end-user cubicles direct. The cost per port and the cost of SFP+ modules is best left to the server room, as opposed to the aggregation switches.
June 18, 2020

We like 9500s

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
To get a high-speed switch with layer 3 routing, this is the switch for you. It is easy to set up and implement quickly. You can use the right to use licensing for the most part to get the features you need to get up and running. The drawbacks are getting the licensing and the lead time is out there aways.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We moved from a Nexus 5k to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches. They served our needs better than the Nexus 5k and were much easier to use. I would say if you had heavy data center needs you would still need to look at a Nexus series but if you want an all-around great performing Campus switch, this is the one to look at. In my case, I didn't need high port density but did need the performance so it was a great fit for me.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
girgis hady | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches is well suited if the requirement is for fiber ports. The Catalyst 9500 Series Switches has only fiber ports. The chip sets on the 9500 series switches 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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