My project engineering staff has been getting more and more information requests for Cisco’s new line of Catalyst 9000 switches, especially the 9300 switch. That has me wondering why.
Cisco touts the Catalyst 9300 Series as the next generation of the industry's most widely deployed stackable switching platform that’s built for security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing. It’s part of a line of network switches that form the foundation for Cisco's Software-Defined Access, its leading enterprise architecture.
One reason for the increased interest could be Cisco’s recently announced new intent-based networking system. Cisco believes that by adopting an intent-based approach, networks will be able to deliver a solution that introduces an onslaught of applications and devices that provide greater efficiency and address new security threats.
So, you’re thinking about upgrading your switch infrastructure, and your local Cisco representative recommends the brand-new Catalyst 9300 family. You decide to check out the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Data Sheet.
Looks really great! Lots of cutting-edge features. But did you know:
Catalyst 9300 great for large networks, but not small
Don’t get me wrong, the Catalyst 9000 switch family has some amazing capability, and I think it will become the way all networks are configured. BUT right now, it’s obvious that Cisco intends this setup for large and extra-large networks. What if you need only a few switches?
Fear not! You have options.
Instead of purchasing the latest and greatest, how about taking a look at the still-current Catalyst 3850 switch line? If you compare the specs of the 3850 with the 9300, you will see that they are many similarities and the 3850 may well suit your needs.
I just wanted to offer my perspective on a topic that our product engineering team reports as being "hot."