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Benefits of Upgrading to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches - Feature Comparison

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches

Why upgrade to the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches?

Reimagine, Reinforce, Redefine

Cisco® Catalyst® 9500 Series switches are Cisco’s lead fixed enterprise core and aggregation switching platform and as part of the Catalyst 9000 family, are build to transform your network to handle a hybrid world where the workplace is anywhere, endpoints could be anything, and applications are hosted all over the place.

The Catalyst 9500 Series, including the new Catalyst 9500X models, continues to shape the future with continued innovation that helps you reimagine connections, reinforce security and redefine the experience for your hybrid workforce big and small.

Trends

Features

Previous fixed core switches

Latest fixed core switch

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 6880-X-LE

Cisco Catalyst 6880-X

Cisco Catalyst 9500X2 Models

Speed and performance

Chassis Bandwidth

2 Tbps

2 Tbps

12 Tbps

Support multi-gigabit core 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G and 400G

10G

100G/400G

N/A

N/A

Max 1G Density

80 ports

80 ports

N/A

Max 10G Density

80 ports

80 ports

88 ports

Max 100G density

N/A

N/A

36 ports

Max 400G density

N/A

N/A

8 ports

Advanced security

Cisco TrustSec/SGT3

Orchestrate role based access to corporate resources by any user, with any device, from any location at any time

Cisco WAN MACsec provides a line-rate network encryption solution over Layer 2 Ethernet networks

Trustworthy Solutions

Native MACsec-256 encryption

128-bit

128-bit

WAN MACsec encryption

N/A

N/A

Scale

MAC Address (256k)

128k

128k

Unmatched forwarding scale  (MAC addresses, IP unicast and multicast routes, MPLS labels) and deep buffering for enterprise applications

Routes (2M)

128k

Flexible NetFlow (2M)

N/A

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM)

N/A

N/A

Simplicity and business agility

Programmability (NETCONF with YANG)

N/A

N/A

Simplicity and business agility

Application Hosting

N/A

N/A

GIR/Patching

N/A

N/A

Cisco DNA Center/SD-Access4 programmability

Optional Subscription

Optional Subscription

1 G: Gigabit Ethernet
2 Q200: Silicon One ASIC
3 SGT: Security Group Tag
4 SD-Access: Software-Defined Access

Trends

Features

Previous Fixed Core Switches

Latest Fixed Core Switch

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 6840-X-LE-40G

Cisco Catalyst 6880-X-LE

Cisco Catalyst 9500 UADP2 3.0

Advanced security

Chassis Bandwidth

1.92 Tbps

2 Tbps

up to 6 Tbps

Support multi-gigabit core 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, and 400G

10G

40G

N/A

100G

N/A

N/A

Max 10G Density

40 ports

80 ports

48 ports

Max 40G density

2

N/A

4 ports

BYOD/Mobility

Cisco TrustSec/SGT3 for wired/wireless

Orchestrate role based access to corporate resources by any user, with any device, from any location at any time

Trustworthy Solutions

Native MACsec-256 encryption

128-bit

128-bit

Fabric-enabled Wireless

N/A

N/A

Enable converged wired wireless access for operational

Common wired-wireless features

N/A

N/A

UADP2 ASIC for wired-wireless convergence

N/A

N/A

Hierarchical wireless QoS

N/A

N/A

Simplicity and automation

Programmability (NETCONF with YANG)

N/A

N/A

Simplicity and business agility

Application Hosting

N/A

N/A

GIR/Patching

N/A

N/A

Cisco DNA Center/SD-Access4 programmability

Optional Subscription

Optional Subscription

BGP EVPN with VXLAN

N/A

Optional Subscription

Meraki cloud monitoring

-

-

1G: Gigabit Ethernet
2 UADP ASIC: Unified Access Data Plane ASIC
3 SGT: Security Group Tag
4 SD-Access: Software-Defined Access

Trends

Features

Previous Fixed Core Switches

Latest Fixed Core Switch

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X (32x10)

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Fiber

Cisco Catalyst 9500 UADP2 2.0

Scale and performance

Chassis Bandwidth

800 Gbps

480 Gbps

1.9 Tbps

Support multi-gigabit core 10G and 40G with uplink modules

10G

40G

N/A

Max 10 G density

40 ports

48 ports

48 ports

Max 40 G density

N/A

4 ports

24 ports

Advanced security

Native Flexible NetFlow

N/A

Orchestrate role based access to corporate resources by any user, with any device, from any location at any time

Cisco TrustSec/SGT3 for wired/wireless

wired

Trustworthy Solutions

N/A

N/A

Native MACsec-256 encryption

N/A

mGig/10G models

BYOD/Mobility

Fabric-enabled Wireless

N/A

Enable converged wired-wireless access for operational simplicity and scale

Common wired-wireless features

N/A

UADP2 ASIC for wired-wireless convergence

N/A

Hierarchical wireless QoS

N/A

Common features for wired-wireless

N/A

Simplicity and automation

Programmability (NETCONF with YANG)

N/A

Simplicity and business agility

Application Hosting

N/A

Guestshell

GIR/Patching

N/A

N/A

Cisco DNA Center/SD-Access4 programmability

N/A

Optional Subscription

Meraki cloud monitoring

-

-

1 G: Gigabit Ethernet
2 UADP ASIC: Unified Access Data Plane ASIC
3 SGT: Security Group Tag
4 SD-Access: Software-Defined Access

     Reduced cost and complexity with Cisco Software-Defined 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.

     Advanced end-to-end security to handle threats before, during and after attacks.

The Catalyst 9000 Family is 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. See the benefits you could be receiving now by comparing the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series to older switches (see table 1).

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