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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.

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8 out of 10
December 27, 2023
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Product Details

What is Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches?

The Catalyst 9300 Series is described by Cisco as the next generation of the industry's most widely deployed stackable switching platform, recognized as CRN's 2018 Overall Network Product of the Year. And for security, IoT, and the cloud, these switches form the foundation of Cisco Software-Defined Access, their enterprise architecture solution.

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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.

HPE Networking Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, and Ruckus ICX Switches are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches.

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The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Amitpal Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are being used in our Enterprise network as Core and user switches. The catalyst platform is stable and robust. Stackwise technology helps in easy management of the switches. Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches can be onboarded to the Meraki Dashboard and can be managed from there. Thousand Eyes agents can be installed on the Catalyst, that helps businesses in getting in depth analysis of network paths and makes troubleshooting easy. Hardware comes with Dual power supply providing redundancy.
  • Stackwise
  • Ease to automate tasks
  • ThousandEyes agents can be installed on Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
  • Meraki Dashboard integration
  • Port modules
  • Licensing cost is bit on higher side
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches can be used in Enterprise and Datacenter networks. The platform is stable and provides a robust network. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches can be installed with DUAL power supply and that way we have redundancy at power level. Catalyst comes with different uplink modules based on business requirements, we can order them.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a partner of Cisco, we use the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches every day. The switch not only looks beautiful, but also, not to mention, serious and reliable. Upgrading and configuring a switch is effortless. Functions such as ZTP make staging this switch easy, allowing us to prepare dozens of switches per day for our customers.
  • Switching
  • Routing
  • ZTP
  • Automation
  • Docker
  • Containers
  • Speed
  • Price, for some customers is it too expensive
  • Weight, new top of the line switches are getting heavy
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are reliable, easy to implement redundantly with the new 9k line and top of the line. The serious customer who wants reliability chooses Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches for his campus.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our organization has spread across 160 countries and recently placed catalyst EOS switches with Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches. Post the deployment, we would see 0 issues reported for switch getting hugged or port issue or any software related issue.

Support with DNAC made easier for deploying these switches with minimum work efforts!
  • Plug and play
  • Getting the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches in Stack
  • Feature supporting our AI platforms.
  • Integration with ISE for 802.11
  • Enabling the Plug and play on Mgmt Ports
  • Stack switch replacement with DNAC plug and play
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches made IT management easier with Automation platform.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They are used to to provide the connectivity with your internet access product as a CPE.
  • Connectivity
  • Ease of use
  • Licensing
  • QinQ support
Providing internet uplink, modular build up in uplink connectivity with 1G and 10G uplinks. In providing support for QinQ.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
They are being used as Access Layer switches, and due to the capability such as POE+ that they provide, we can connect a number of corporate and build management devices on the access layer switches, for example:

- We have stacks of 4-6 9300 switches around the campus
- Wired Cooperate devices connected, i.e. Workstations etc
- Wireless Access Points
- CCTV, and other Building Management Services
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches flexibility allows us to be able to technically achieve solutions that meet our business requirements to budget.
  • Multigigabit and Uplink Flexibility
  • They are design for High Availability and Redundancy
  • They are energy efficient and provide POE Support
  • Stack Technology
  • Simplified Licensing Models - This can be complex and not straightforward. i.e. Maintenance Licensing, DNA Licensing, etc.
  • Cost of the Switches - The switches are higher cost compared to some competing products.
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are well suited for your small to large enterprise campus networks where high performance, scalability, and reliability are critical. The modular design of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches allows for easy expansion, and features like stacking enable simplified management. The PoE capabilities are ideal for scenarios where powering IP phones, CCTV cameras, and wireless access points.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are deployed in the sites where the industry switch 3010 were deployed. We replaced those IE 3010 switches with these Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches to boost up the processing power and bandwidth to the uplink routers, which enabled us to provide better services to our customers using the services.
  • Flexible
  • Powerful
  • Easy to use
  • Issue for lower model
  • More options for different use cases
Used them in well air coned rooms while not so good for non-airconed environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Cisco Catalyst 9330 Series Switches as access switches. We are using them with DNA Center, and SDA network. We are like the functions with VXLAN, micro segmentation. We are also using them as a Thousand Eyes device, so we can see how the connection to the internet is for a user at that location.
  • Stability
  • Ease of use
  • Modular
  • Get rid of bugs
They are well suited for big campuses, where you have a lot of devices that need to be connected. And then they are very modular, such as fans, and power supply.

On smaller locations they are not so good because of the size, and are not fanless. They need a big wiring closet if you need to stack them.
December 27, 2023

Cisco is king!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We utilize Cisco Catalyst throughout our network. This includes both access layer within our organization and to the core of the network. These are also used in our WAN network as we are an ISP that provides internet access. Utilizing a combination of: L3 routed ports, SVI/VLAN, and VRF.
  • Great hardware. I've hardly had a device fail due to hardware.
  • Throughput. These devices handle quite a bit of processing power.
  • Extreme conditions. We have 9300s in NEMA cabinets that reach well into the 110 range and beyond.
  • Very diverse. These devices can be placed in an office IDF, outside in a NEMA cabinet, or in an MDF.
  • Firmware compatibility. I have some older 9300s that cannot seem to update to any 17.X version. The device will display main board failure, which seems like it would be a brick, but then downgrade to the last 16.X and the switch works.
  • As a service provider I need as much processing power and throughput I can get without the need for PoE. All of the higher switching capacity devices are UPOE multigigabit.
  • IOS upgrade process. The days of pointing to the new .bin file are gone. The update process has changed twice recently from my understanding. From "software package request" to "install activate".
I don't think there is a place where a Cisco Catalyst switch would not work. I have used them in classrooms, IDFs, MDFs, NEMA, Cabinets, and remote office situations. You would just have to understand the needs and purchase depending on that. For example, a 9200 fixed platform for shallower depths, or even a smaller fan less unit to be mounted on a shelf.
December 11, 2023

Review on Cat 9300s

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They are being used at the access edge of the network and have been a lot more stable than the previous generation 3850s
  • Stable
  • Reliable
  • Software quality
  • Reduction of defects
  • Lower admin overhead
They are particularly useful at the access edge of the network within a campus environment
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
So I work in the enterprise space. So we have enterprise customers like the banks or the airlines who use our products. So we make sure that when we receive the requirements from the customers, we write them down, configure the devices, test them, and then send them over to customers to use.
  • The operating system is pretty stable. We don't get inquiries about too many security vulnerabilities about it. We don't get too many issues from the customers, which is good. So yeah, the stability is the main thing that I like about the product.
  • I think the licensing. Cisco has recently introduced subscription licenses, DNA subscription licenses, and we are still trying to get our heads around how it works from end to end, starting from ordering all the way to implementation and usage of it. So that's the area where I feel that Cisco can improve.
I think I've seen it in traditional, I mean I work in the traditional routing and switching environment, so I think it fits really well from a switching perspective. It fits really well in that space. I don't know too much about the SD-WAN and the cloud space. Whether it fits well or not, I would still have to explore that, but that's for other teams to look at. But as far as know, I think it fits very well in the legacy or traditional switching environment.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
9300 Series Catalyst Switches, the access switches, deploy at small offices where clients basically patch into them and our switches connect to our routers, which in turn connect to the wide area network providers to ISP providers.
  • First of all, they're incredibly reliable. I must admit, I can't recall ever asked losing a switch, which is a wonderful thing. And also I like the fact that you can stack multiple switches basically, logically they act as one switch, but physically there are a bunch of switches that you connect together. And the solution seems pretty neat and it just works.
  • I think the actual upgrades of the switches can be improved because there is a bit of downtime when that happens. In other words, there is an outage to clients' connections whenever we upgrade a switch, provided that the software that we're loading needs to be rebooted. So I think there is a neater way of doing it rather than rebooting the whole stack, which takes out the whole switch. Because of that, we're forced into doing the upgrades after hours outside of business hours. So improvements into getting that process a bit neater would be a good thing.
Well, obviously as what Cisco recommends, those are access layer switches, which means those are the switches that clients directly connect to. They're not the ones they use for routing. For that, we use routers.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
So it allows us to connect all of those government departments and the multiple business units that they have. Also, we use this appliance in data centers, either in the data center, the space of the customer or customer, or our on-premises. So native cloud environment. We are also placing some of those devices up there.
  • I think one of the important parts is the catalyst, which I recommend would have quite a lot of flexibility. It gives you traffic segregation very easily. It gives command and control and management is smooth. With the other devices like Meraki and some kind of management through the cloud, that's also a great feature because eventually we're moving towards the cloud and everything needs to be managed through the cloud.
  • One of the things that I would like to see is in the Meraki space, Meraki is a little behind compared to Catalyst because Meraki provides weeks of traffic segregation. That's one of the pain points that we are facing right now. But overall we say that Meraki is comparatively cheaper than the Catalyst. So that could be one of the advantages of that.
Appropriate from the reliability point of view is reliable, appropriate in relation to performances and performances in relation to wearing temperature and all of those things, that's really good. But then when it comes to the price, Cisco is always expensive. We need to think about how we can make it market competitive price-wise because there are some other features like management these days that are going on the cloud and a lot of other features, are reduced just because of the technology advancement. So I think gradually Cisco needs to think about reducing the price as well.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Basically, the 9300s as with any standard switch, is used to connect endpoints to the network, but we've just migrated onto an SDX platform and the 9300 gives us the capability of being able to have programmability onboard with the software that allows us to be able to transition into an SDX network. So that will probably be the simplified version of how we use the 9300.
  • One of the things that it does well, it's not something major, but there's a light tracking feature that the 9300 comes with that you can turn on the light and that has become critical in a data center environment where you want to help someone to make sure that you're talking about the same switch, you can turn the light on and off something that is not available in other versions of Cisco switches before the 9300. So it's not as major, but it's quite critical when you're dealing with multiple systems and multiple switches.
  • I wouldn't fault the product per se. I think it's just more its integration with the SSD access network that there could be room for improvement. I think the 9300 has been a solid device by itself, and I can't think of anything that I could fault on the device itself. It's probably been doing a very good job and we are happy with it.
I think it's well suited for well-air-conditioned locations. We noticed that we have to run it in data centers where there's very good air conditioning. It works pretty well. Doesn't tend to do well in areas where you've got a lot of heat because I've had situations where a 9300 fails. After all, it doesn't have enough cooling, but I can't fault the device because it's not meant for outdoor, but it doesn't hold well in warmer areas.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches on Access nodes for Cisco SDA solution. We are connecting various devices as end hosts with Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches from which we are powering network devices such as IP phones, cameras, or wireless access points without additional power sources. These devices are high end devices that support Cisco StackWise technology, allow for the creation of a highly reliable and redundant network by connecting multiple switches in a stack. In short we are using this in a SDA solution to provide a fabric solution with in LAN environment with high end throughput.
  • VLAN Segmentation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • StackWise Technology
  • Flexibility and Modularity
  • Advanced Analytics and Telemetry
  • Software Licensing Complexity
  • Cost
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are ideal for big business networks that require scalability, high performance, and powerful security capabilities. Their support for VXLANs, LISP, VLANs, PoE, and comprehensive security features aids in the management of many user groups and devices. The cost of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches may be a limiting factor for small enterprises with limited budgets. Other suppliers' more affordable products may be preferred. Cloud-native solutions or switches with deeper cloud integration may be more suited in scenarios where a large portion of the infrastructure is in the cloud and on-premises networking is minimized.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have a few models in different roles. In one case, it is a Core Router. In another case, it is Texas Switch. We were using multiple functionalities for let's say NPLS. We also tried some unworking functionalities where we had issues with it. I was exploring QOS fields in that case. We were using it for application hosting and so on. So it's depth involvement.
  • Stacking switching documentation is great.
  • Application hosting is useful.
  • Upgrade is simplified.
  • Functionality. Well, one of the functions that we are missing is a faster route based on OSPF. Other than that, it could provide an upgrade without a hitless upgrade. Well, now it is a very fast upgrade, which is also okay. We had a case when the platform crashed, but that was a specific case. We were happy with this product.
It's less appropriate for data centers. It's more appropriate for end users or employees. It can also be used for other stuff.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them as edge switches primarily, although we do have a few situations where they're more at a distribution level, but mostly edge switches. They make good reliable edge switching solutions to connect end users to the rest of the network.
  • It's got good flexibility as far as port speeds and the types of devices that can be connected as well as with the network module, we can connect fiber as well. That's useful. And it's pretty much the standard Cisco switch. So normal, I mean, yeah, it works as intended. It definitely is what we need.
  • The only one I'm aware of, and this isn't even an issue with the switch, but it is in our environment specifically. A lot of the switch or some of them, I don't remember which models particularly, but they don't downgrade the speed all the way to 10 megabits, which we really shouldn't still need. But for whatever reason in our company and in some other healthcare organizations, we still need devices connecting at 10 megabits, which these don't. Well, some do, some don't.
The only way I can think of where it's not well suited would be these deployments on the edge where we just have these legacy devices that we cannot, for whatever reason, get the vendors to upgrade past 10 megabits. And in those situations, we have to find a different hardware solution to connect those devices to the network as you, we have to use older switches that'll support the 10 megabit speeds.
August 26, 2023

Cisco Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I'm using it for a layer three core switch. So all my routes are on that switch and have not seen any problems with it. It's been really good.
  • Routing
  • Functionality price
I'm using it as the core switch for that for our Manchester site in the UK. I'm not using it as an access switch
August 26, 2023

Cisco Review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
To connect buildings together. Land switching.
  • I like that it integrates with DNA Center, and the dual power supplies that they have in them too. There's a lot of different type of models you can get purchase. so you have more switch ports
  • I think the color on the product, maybe changing it or having a cause when you put it in a rack and then all you have is silver ones, you know, maybe some type of different color scheme, that way you pull ahead. I don't know, just like a simple face plate change that you can change out for look, kind of.
It's suited to all our environments. We use multiple of these devices throughout our buildings, so I didn't make users for phones or laptops or hardware connections this product as well.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The 3650 and up allowed us to collapse our core and standardize our distribution on a single platform all of our needed internal routing and switching requisites are fulfilled by one platform. We were not able to do this affordably with any other switching platform.
  • Flexible POE options
  • Moderate prices
  • Adequate connectivity options
  • For us, nothing.
Modestly complicated routing. Near edge scenarios.
March 10, 2023

The best core switch

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I use this products because response that customer request for core switch and distribution switch.
  • reliability
  • performance
  • scalability
  • price
  • innovation
  • 3 rd party integration
Core & distributed switch.
Access switch is expensive
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
They are usually aggregation/distribution switches and sometimes, in small or medium company, core switches.
They are core switches when a network need an access and distribution switch in the same device
  • Modularity of the uplink ports
  • Scalability in stacking
  • Multigiga ports
  • You can do stacking just by proprietary and limited-length cables
  • You don't have 48Y port version
  • 3rd party integration is not so easy
Well suited for core switch in small/medium enterprise, aggregation switch in bigger networks. Less appropriate as access switch due to the price
Sebastian Fält | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They are used as a quickfix solution instead of another model.
  • Access for users
  • Fast and secure
  • East to setup
  • More SFP places
  • Smaller modell or formfactor
  • Draw less power
They are good as accesswitches
Dan Kelcher | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Access layer network connectivity - with UPoE and mGig to support new wireless devices and other high-needs tech. They can also run containerized applications on the switches. That makes it easy to deploy ThousandEyes agents throughout an environment without adding more hardware.
  • Container hosting
  • mGig
  • UPoE
  • Lead times
Campus networks, or anywhere that port density is needed, along with a robust feature set.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our Catalyst 9300 switches send NetFlow and ETA data to StealthWatch. We are also leveraging it for Software-Defined Access using ISE, Rapid Threat Containment, and CyberVision OT management.
  • Software Defined Access.
  • Rapid Threat Containment.
  • Built in SSD for running apps like ThousandEyes and CyberVision.
  • NetFlow generation.
  • Pricing.
When looking for a switch that can provide complete visibility into an environment and leverage it as a sensor then the Catalyst 9300 switch is a no-brainer. Other switches are restrictive and sometimes require you to purchase additional appliances. Hard to justify in a small office environment.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use our Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches to support connectivity from our partners on a dedicated layer-2 network that sits behind our firewalls in individual partner DMZs. We recently purchased a layer-3 license upgrade for them, if/when we need to migrate the network to layer 3, to locally terminate BGP sessions.
  • Stable
  • Consistent configuration with past Catalyst switches
  • Good feature set
  • Can be cost-prohibitive, especially at layer 3
  • Great for low-complexity data centers or as branch office access switches.
  • Can get a little pricey if adding on layer-3 licensing with the Advanced DNA recurring licensing.
  • Not as useful where high 10 Gbps density is needed, given there is a fairly small module for this functionality, though to be fair, the device is not meant to be a 10 G aggregation switch.
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