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Benefits of Upgrading to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches - Feature Comparison

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Why upgrade to the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches?

Simple, Secure, Ready.

Digital disruption is changing how we think about our networks. Whether customers or employees, the “experience” has become a strategic imperative. The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series fixed core and distribution 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, IoT and cloud.

Trends

Features

Previous Fixed Core Switches

Latest Fixed Core Switch

Benefits

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X (32x10)

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Fiber

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series

Scale and Performance

Chassis Bandwidth

800 Gbps

480 Gbps

up to 6.4 Tbps

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

10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G

10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G

10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G

10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G

Max 10 G Density

40 ports

48 ports

48 ports

Max 100 G density

N/A

N/A

32 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

Encrypted Traffic Analytics

N/A

N/A

Uncompromised user experience: assess, monitor and troubleshoot network proactively

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

Application visibility across wired-wireless

N/A

Hierarchical wireless QoS

N/A

Simplicity and Automation

Common features for wired-wireless

N/A

Simplicity and business agility

GIR/Patching

N/A

N/A

Cisco DNA Center/SD-Access programmability

N/A

Optional Subscription

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).

Improve your results with our services

No matter where you are in your journey, Cisco and our partners offer services expertise to help you accelerate your digital network transformation – from upgrade and optimization services to award-winning support. We help you speed your upgrade deployments, reduce risk and complexity and provide business continuity as you refresh your network. To simplify and support your upgrade Cisco offers services to streamline the process and help you get the most out of your investment. The Upgrade Service helps control costs, improve operational excellence and mitigate risk during your refresh.

Learn more about all Services for Switches.

Finance your switching migration with Cisco Capital

Let financing from Cisco Capital make migrating your switches and accelerating your digital transformation even easier. Cisco Capital Easy Pay makes this transition as easy as possible with no upfront costs and predictable monthly payments. You pay 90% of the total over a three-year period that is completely interest free. At the end of the term, you have the following options to return and refresh the equipment, extend your lease or purchase the solution at 10% of original cost. Take advantage of this market leading interest rate and use your budget for other investments.

Take advantage of Cisco Capital Easy Pay.

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