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Benefits of Upgrading to Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Feature comparison

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Updated:April 17, 2021

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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.

Give your users top-notch network and service experience with next generation observability from switch to SaaS and everything in between. Catalyst 9300 switches now include hosted Cisco ThousandEyes Enterprise Agents, giving you visibility beyond your campus perimeter so you solve issues faster.

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, 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

up to 1Tbps copper and fiber

Greater throughput

Uplinks

2x10G1

4x1G

4x1G, 2x10G, 4x10G (all models)

2x, 4x dual-rate 100G/40G; 2x 40G; 2x, 8x multirate 25G/10G/1G; 4x, 8x 10G mGig; 4x 1G

Greater uplink scale

Multigigabit technology

-

-

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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

Cisco Umbrella

-

-

-

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Cloud security service that provides a first line of defense against threats, wherever users access the internet — on or off the corporate network.

Catalyst 8000v

-

-

-

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SASE with on-board SD-WAN capabilities

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 including Docker containers

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

Fabric-in-a-box

-

-

-

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

SD-Access4 programmability

-

-

Optional subscription

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Cisco ThousandEyes Enterprise Agents

-

-

-

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Visibility from network to cloud for rapid problem isolation

Cisco DNA Spaces

-

-

-

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Visibility of wired and wireless network devices for Smart Building

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobility

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

UADP5 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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-

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End-to-end quality of experience6

-

-

-

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1 G: Gigabit Ethernet
2SGT: Security Group Tag
3 Kernel-based virtual machine
4SD-Access: Software-Defined Access
5 UADP ASIC: Unified Access Data Plane ASIC
6 Cisco Assurance
*Each Catalyst 9300 or 9400 Cisco DNA Advantage or Premier subscription entitles the customer to run the equivalent of one ThousandEyes network or web test every 5 mins from a ThousandEyes enterprise agent (22 units per month), up to a maximum of 110,000 units per month of ThousandEyes test capacity per customer. ThousandEyes Cloud Agent access is not included in the Cisco DNA license entitlement. Test capacity can be increased and Cloud Agents accessed with purchase of additional ThousandEyes Network and Application Synthetics.

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

Trend

Feature

Installed-base access switches

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series

Cisco Catalyst 9300 C9300L Models

Scale and performance

Bandwidth per stack

160 Gbps

320 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 resources AES-256, MACsec-256

Trustworthy solutions

Related image, diagram or screenshot

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Native MACsec-256 encryption

-

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Provides most secure link authentication and encryption

Encrypted Traffic Analytics

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

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

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

On-box Python scripting

Model-driven programmability

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Standards-based programmable interfaces

Streaming telemetry

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Rich contextual insights

SD-Access programmability

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Fabric-in-a-box deployment

 

Cisco ThousandEyes Enterprise Agents

-

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Visibility from network to cloud for rapid problem isolation

Wi-Fi 6 and Wave 2 APs

12

12

Enable converged wired and wireless access for operational simplicity and scale

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, improved support for mobility, and service assurance with embedded Cisco ThousandEyes network testing.

      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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