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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 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The recy, it's amazing. So we got a multi-chassis recy, there's no question if we can do any kind of maintenance, it is more than heatless. As long as the server has more than one interface, of course, I have to connect two devices but it runs really smooth, really fast. We have never had any problem with the maintenance. We had another kind of problem because it's a completely new technology for the networkers. They have to think a little bit. Others, have to go to the DevOps. They have to think in code, but they still need the basics of networks to understand what they're coding.
  • Well the ACI, so the AP, the controller give us good chances to run everything, to configure everything. But the monitoring itself, it's not that easy. You need other products like Nexus dashboard or something else to do the monitoring. This is a little bit of a con. It's another technology so everyone has to think a little bit of others to adapt this knowledge and it takes two years I think for a technician to understand what ACI is really doing and what we can do with it.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The end-to-end security it provides makes it a standout among other such catalyst switches.
  • Stacking is amazing.
  • It is capable of managing high bandwidth.
  • Data transfer is not just easy, but also at a very high speed.
  • Analytics are beneficial in helping us to check security protocols.
  • The bugs in it are annoying and they are impeding an update.
  • Licensing is not good and has too many frustrating options.
  • The documentation is minimal.
May 11, 2021

Great product

Sébastien Vandenbussche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Excellent quality (hardware and software)
  • Very good support (provider/cisco TAC)
  • Long-lasting
  • Sometimes expensive depending the features needed (hardware or software)
  • Fans always noisy
  • Monitoring solution (prime) sometime a little bit long to configure
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Documentation
  • Support
  • Stability
  • Ease of configuration
  • The 9500C does not have dedicated stackwise, in order to stack these switches you must consume some of the available ports on the switch itself.
  • Virtual Stackwise is a little cumbersome to configure and get running properly
  • The newest iteration of Catalyst switches REQUIRE the DNA licensing platform, even though it will not be used.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are capable of 10g/40g with a great selection of ports for these speeds.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch is a very capable piece of kit, supporting a lot of Cisco's new feature sets.
  • Cisco IOS is the gold standard for switch operating systems.
  • When initially implementing the new Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches, we had issues where features promised were not delivered until a later firmware release
  • Issues with some parts of Cisco TAC providing different resolutions to the same issues that contradicted themselves
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • High data transfer.
  • Easy switch between nodes in redundancy/stack pair.
  • Great Cisco support.
  • Initial high cost as its Cisco and you can find other vendor much cheaper.
  • You have to buy Cisco DNA even if you do not want to use it at start which increases the cost.
June 18, 2020

We like 9500s

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Virtual chassis
  • Ease of configuration
  • Integration into DNA
  • Licensing needs to get fixed, too many options.
  • Make software updates easier.
  • Make the virtual chassis bigger.
  • Support third party optics without having to get traceback errors.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The virtual stacking works really well.
  • Speed and performance have been great.
  • The build of IOS-XE they are running has been bug free.
  • We did have some bugs in older versions where memory was running up on them. This was fixed with new IOS updates.
  • We did see some limitations with the virtual stacking, but I believe they have expanded their capabilities.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
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