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Benefits of Upgrading to Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Feature comparison

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Why upgrade to the Cisco® Catalyst® 9300 Series switches? Because they are simple, secure, and ultrapractical

Digital disruption is changing how we think about our networks. Whether for customers or employees, the “experience” has become a strategic imperative. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series fixed access switches are designed to help you change your network from a platform of connectivity to a platform of services.

The first purpose-built platforms designed for full fabric control with Cisco DNA and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), these switches deliver stellar performance and functionality and extend Cisco’s networking leadership with significant innovations in security, mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud.

Table 1.        Benefits of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series compared to other Cisco Catalyst access switches

Trend

Feature

Installed-base access switches

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 3560-X, Benefits 3750-X Series

Cisco Catalyst 3750G Series

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series

Scale and performance

Bandwidth per stack

No stacking/64 Gbps

32 Gbps

480 Gbps copper and fiber

480 Gbps copper and fiber

Greater throughput

Uplinks

2x10G1

4x1G

4x1G, 2x10G, 4x10G (all models)

4x1G, 8x10G, 2x25G, 2x40G, 4xmGig/10Gig

Greater uplink scale

Multigigabit technology

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-

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(including uplinks)

Supports speeds above 1G in traditional cabling environments

Advanced security

Native Flexible NetFlow

-

-

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Orchestrate role-based access to Corporate resources AES-256, MACsec-256

Cisco TrustSec® and SGT2 for wired and wireless

Wired

 

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Trustworthy Solutions

-

-

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Native MACsec-256 encryption

-

-

Multigigabit, 10G models only

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Most secure link authentication and encryption

Encrypted Traffic Analytics

-

-

-

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Detect malware hiding in encrypted traffic without decrypting it

Simplicity and automation

x86 CPU

-

-

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Faster CPU performance

Cisco IOS® XE OS

-

-

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Single common network OS across switching, routing, wireless, and IoT

KVM3 and container-based hosting environments

-

-

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App hosting in the network

Guest shell

-

-

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On-box Python scripting

Model-driven programmability

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-

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Standards-based programmable interfaces

Streaming telemetry

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-

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Rich contextual insights

Fabric-in-a-box

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-

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Enable SD-Access without needing separate devices for each fabric role

SD-Access4 programmability

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-

Optional subscription

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Integrated wireless LAN controller

 

 

(Older Converged Access architecture)

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Full Intent-based Networking for Wired and Wireless

Wi-Fi 6 and Wave 2 APs

 

 

24

48

 

Max number of APs supported

 

 

100

200

Highest density of next-gen access points in a single RU box

UADP6 ASIC for wired and wireless convergence

 

 

UADP 1.0

UADP 2.0

Enable converged wired and wireless access for operational simplicity and scale

Application visibility across wired and wireless

 

 

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End-to-end quality of experience7

 

 

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1 G: Gigabit Ethernet
2 SGT: Security Group Tag
3 Kernel-based virtual machine
4 SD-Access: Software-Defined Access
5 Host Catalyst 9800 embedded wireless controller
6 UADP ASIC: Unified Access Data Plane ASIC
7 Cisco Assurance

Table 2.        Benefits of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 C9300L models compared to other Cisco Catalyst access switches

Trend

Feature

Installed-base access switches

Benefits

3650 Series

Cisco Catalyst 9300 C9300L Models

Scale and performance

Bandwidth per stack

160 Gbps

 

Support multigigabit access growth for wired and wireless, 802.11ac

Uplinks

4x1G,

2x10G,

4x10G

8x10G

2x40G

Fixed

4x1G, 4x10G Fixed

 

Patching

-

Hot patching

Add patches without waiting for next maintenance release

Advanced security

Native Flexible NetFlow

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Cisco TrustSec and SGT for wired and wireless

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Orchestrate role-based access to corporate

Trustworthy solutions

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Resources AES-256, MACsec-256

Native MACsec-256 encryption

-

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Provides most secure link authentication and encryption

Encrypted Traffic Analytics

-

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Detect malware hiding in encrypted traffic without decrypting it

Simplicity and automation

x86 CPU

-

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Accelerate innovation

Cisco IOS XE OS

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Single common network OS across switching, routing, wireless, and IoT

KVM and container-based hosting environments

-

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App hosting in the network

Guest shell

-

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On-box Python scripting

Model-driven programmability

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Standards-based programmable interfaces

Streaming telemetry

-

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Rich contextual insights

SD-Access programmability

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Fabric-in-a-box deployment

BYOD and mobility

Integrated wireless LAN controller

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Enable converged wired and wireless access for operational simplicity and scale

Wi-Fi 6 and Wave 2 APs

12

12

Max number of APs supported

25

50

UADP ASIC for wired and wireless convergence

UADP 1.0

UADP 2.0

Application visibility across wired and wireless

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End-to-end quality of experience

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More reasons to upgrade

     Reduce cost and complexity with Cisco SD-Access by automating policy, enabling fast service creation, and providing complete visibility into the wired and wireless access networks

     Create better customer and employee experiences through higher performance and improved support for mobility and new apps

     Gain advanced end-to-end security to handle threats before, during, and after attacks

Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches are also the first in the line to offer the Cisco IOS XE and Cisco DNA Software subscription-based licenses, allowing customers to purchase the features and capabilities they need. Tables 1 and 2 lists the benefits you could be receiving now by migrating to the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series from older switches.

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