Is Your Network Ready for the New Era? Cisco announced its new Catalyst series switches-the Catalyst 9000 Series, introducing an entirely new era of networking. The Network. Intuitive.
There are three series in the new Catalyst 9000 switch family:
1. Catalyst 9300 Series (LAN Access Switches): the top fixed-access enterprise network switch series, stacking to 480 Gbps.
2. Catalyst 9400 Series (LAN Access Switches): the leading modular-access switches for enterprise, the Catalyst 9400 Series supports up to 9 Tbps.
3. Catalyst 9500 Series (LAN Core and Distribution Switches): the industry’s first fixed-core 40-Gbps switch for the enterprise.
In this article we will talk about the new Catalyst 9300 Series, the Next Level of the Market-Leading Fixed Access Switching Platform.
Will the Catalyst 9300 replace the Catalyst 3850 Series? Definitely, it is the best replacement for the Catalyst 3850 Series. Why? Let’s check the more detailed features of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series.
Switch models and configurations
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series is made up of seven different switch models. Any of the models can be used together in a stack of up to eight units.
The Table below lists port scale and power details for the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series models.
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switch configurations
Total 10/100/1000 or Multigigabit Copper Ports
Default AC Power Supply
Available PoE Power
24 Cisco UPOE
48 Cisco UPOE
24 Multigigabit Cisco UPOE (100 Mbps or 1, 2.5, 5, or 10 Gbps)
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches support optional network modules for uplink ports. The default switch configuration does not include the network module. When you purchase the switch, you can choose from the network modules described in the following Table.
- Uplink modules supported on all 9300 Series copper models
- Online Insertion and Removal (OIR) supported on all uplink modules
Network module numbers and descriptions
9300 Series 4x 1G Network Module
9300 Series 8x 10G Network Module
9300 Series 2x 40G Network Module
9300 Series 4x Multigigabit Network Module
Please note: Existing 3850 network modules are also supported in the Catalyst 9300 Series platforms.
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches support dual redundant power supplies. The switches ship with one power supply by default, and the second power supply can be purchased when the switch is ordered or at a later time. If only one power supply is installed, it should always be in power supply bay #1. The switches also ship with three field-replaceable fans.
Table3 lists the different power supplies available in these switches and available PoE power.
Table3. Power supply models
Default Power Supply
Available PoE Power
24-port data switch
48-port data switch
24-port PoE+ switch
48-port PoE+ switch
24-port Cisco UPOE switch
48-port Cisco UPOE switch
24-port Multigigabit Cisco UPOE switch
490W – Support in Open IOS-XE 16.6
Power supply requirements for PoE and PoE+
24-Port PoE Switch
48-Port PoE Switch
PoE on all ports (15.4W per port)
1 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 2 PWR-C1-715WAC
PoE+ on all ports (30W per port)
1 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 2 PWR-C1-715WAC
2 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 1 PWR-C1-1100WAC and 1 PWR-C1-715WAC
Power supply requirements for Cisco UPOE
24-Port UPOE Switch
48-Port UPOE Switch
24-Port Multigigabit UPOE Switch
Cisco UPOE (60W per port) on all ports (24-port switch) or up to 30 ports (48-port switch)
1 PWR-C1-1100WAC and 1 PWR-C1-715WAC
● Perpetual PoE: With Perpetual PoE, the PoE power is maintained during a switch reload. This is important for IoT endpoints such as PoE-powered lights, so that there is no disruption during switch reboot.
● Fast PoE: When power is restored to a switch, PoE starts delivering power to endpoints without waiting for the operating system to fully load, thereby speeding up the time for the endpoint to start up.
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches run on Open IOS XE 16.5.1a release or later. This software release includes all the features listed earlier in the Platform Benefits section.
- Up to 8 Switches can be stacked together using back stacking cables
- All 9300 models are supported in the stack
- All the switches in the stack should run the same IOS and License
- Mixed stacking between 9300 and 9300 is not supported
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series StackPower
“Zero-Footprint” RPS Deployment
• Provides RPS functionality with Zero RPS Footprint
• Pay-as-you-grow architecture–similar to the Data Stack
• 1+N Redundancy with Inline Power
• Up to 4 Switches in a StackPower Ring
• Multiple StackPower Possible within one Data Stack
• Up to 9 Switches in a star topology with XPS
Mapping Between Cisco Catalyst 3850 and 9300
Catalyst 9300 24-port data only switch
Catalyst 9300 24-port PoE+ switch
Catalyst 9300 24-port UPOE switch
Catalyst 9300 24-port mGig and UPOE switch
Catalyst 9300 48-port data only switch
Catalyst 9300 48-port PoE+ switch
Catalyst 9300 48-port UPOE switch
Learn More: Why Migrate to Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches?
With the new Cisco RV340W's intuitive user interface, you'll have your Internet access set up and running in minutes.
It is easy-to-use, flexible, high-performance, and durable which makes this well suited for small businesses.
The RV340W extends the basic capabilities of Cisco RV routers:
- Dynamic web filtering helps enable business efficiency and security when connecting to the web.
- Client and application identification allow Internet access policies for end devices and cloud applications, helping to ensure performance and security.
- 4 Gigabit LAN ports facilitate high-speed connectivity of your network devices.
- The RV340W has integrated 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi for your mobile devices.
The Cisco RV340W can also boost employee productivity and overall network performance. It can limit Internet surfing to appropriate site categories and can eliminate unwanted network traffic.
Features and Benefits
- 2 WAN ports (RJ-45) allow load balancing and resiliency
- 4 LAN ports (RJ-45) provide high-performance connectivity
- Integrated 802.11ac WLAN access point with external antennas (Wave 2 MU-MIMO)
- 2 USB ports support a 3G/4G modem or flash drive
- Flexible VPN functionality for secure interconnectivity
- Support for the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, ideal for remote access by mobile devices
- Dynamic web filtering, enabling business efficiency and security while connecting to the Internet
- Client and application identification that allows Internet access policies for end devices and Internet applications, to help ensure performance and security
Cisco RV340W Dual WAN Gigabit Wireless AC VPN Router-Ordering Information
RV Security – 1 year: Enables dynamic web filter/Internet security and Application Visibility and Client identification (no license required for a 90-day trial period)
AnyConnect Server license
RV AnyConnect Server – 1 year: Upgrade to 25 tunnels
Increases the number of supported tunnels from 2 to 25
Depending on the user device, an AnyConnect Secure Mobility User Client license is required. Recommended: L-AC-PLS-LIC=. To download the AnyConnect client from Cisco.com, you also need a support contract
USA, Canada, Mexico, and the rest of LATAM
EU, Vietnam, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa
Australia, New Zealand
Cisco switches are constantly learning, constantly adapting, constantly protecting in your data center, core, or edge.
This is the new era in networking. The Network. Intuitive.
Now here comes the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series.
Cisco’s new Catalyst 9000 switches, switching for a changing world, constantly adapt to help you solve new challenges.
- Their integrated security helps you address ever-changing threats.
- They simplify management of your evolving mobility, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and cloud requirements.
There are three series in Catalyst 9000 family:
Catalyst 9300 Series: The Catalyst 9300 Series is our top fixed-access enterprise network switch series, stacking to 480 Gbps.
Catalyst 9400 Series: Cisco’s leading modular-access switches for enterprise, the Catalyst 9400 Series supports up to 9 Tbps.
Catalyst 9500 Series: The Catalyst 9500 Series is the industry’s first fixed-core 40-Gbps switch for the enterprise.
More fast questions and answers help you learn more about the new Catalyst 9000 Series.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 network features and services (common to all Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches)
Q: What feature sets do the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches support?
A: The Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches support the packaging of features into Essentials and Advantage packages. The details of the features in each package are listed in the data sheets–link provided below in the Pricing and Ordering section.
Q: What programmability capabilities are available on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?
A: The Cisco Catalyst 9000 opens a completely new paradigm in network configuration, operation, and monitoring through network automation. The Cisco automation solution is open, standards-based, and extensible across the entire network lifecycle of a network device.
• Device provisioning: Through Plug-and-Play (PnP), Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP), and Preboot Execution (PXE)
• Configuration: Model-driven operation through open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) over NETCONF, Python Scripting
• Customization and monitoring: Streaming telemetry
• Upgrade and manageability: In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), patchability, and config/replace
Q: What management capabilities are available for the Cisco Catalyst 9000?
A: You can manage it using the Cisco IOS Software Command-Line Interface (CLI), using Cisco Prime® Infrastructure 3.1.7 DP13, Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM), onboard Cisco IOS XE Software Web User Interface (WebUI), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), or Netconf/YANG.
Q: Is there an onboard web GUI on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?
A: Yes. An onboard web GUI is available.
Q: What is the purpose of the blue beacon LED on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?
A: The blue beacon LED is common across the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches to simplify the operations. It makes chassis identification easier when several such switches are mounted on racks. A remote administrator can enable the LED to blink to help the local operator quickly locate the chassis. The local operator presses the mode button to acknowledge.
Q: What is the maximum number of VRF instances that I can configure on a Cisco Catalyst 9000?
A: The maximum number of VRFs that you can configure on a Cisco Catalyst 9000 is 256.
Q: What is Cisco’s direction for wireless?
A: Cisco believes that the best solution for a wired or wireless network is achieved when integrated into SD-Access, Cisco’s lead architecture for the next-generation enterprise network. This solution delivers consistency with wired infrastructure around policy, segmentation, orchestration and automation, and assurance. This new architecture delivers the best experience for mobility, guest, IoT, multicast services, and overall network performance with its distributed data plane and centralized control-plane architecture.
Q: What wireless support is provided with the Cisco Catalyst 9000 platforms?
A: Cisco Catalyst 9000 products are instrumental in supporting the following wireless capabilities in the SD-Access architecture:
• Connect access points and integrate them into the SD-Access fabric. The switch integrates with the fabric control plane (LISP), thereby providing reachability for the access points and clients in the fabric.
• Deliver macro (VRF) and micro (Scalable Group Tag (SGT) [SGT] group-based) segmentation to the access points to deliver end-to-end policies.
• Can terminate guest VXLAN traffic, so there is no need for a dedicated guest anchor controller.
The support for wireless capability at launch will be together with the AireOS 8.5 Controller running on an Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, or Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller appliance with the Cisco Catalyst platforms functioning as Fabric Edge and Fabric Border nodes.
Q: What are the SD-Access wireless capabilities?
A: The new Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series switches provide a complete solution for Campus with Cisco AireOS Conrollers and Wave 2 access points.
Q: What are the advantages of integrating wireless in the SD-Access fabric architecture?
A: • Highest performance and scale: Distributed data-plane forwarding in hardware distributed in the network paired with the large control-plane scale offered by the dedicated controller appliances.
• Best guest: You don’t need a dedicated guest anchor controller in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ): Traffic is sent directly to the fabric border to exit the fabric. Also, there is no sub-optimal traffic forwarding such as from an access point to a foreign controller and on to a guest anchor controller.
• Best mobility: IP addressing is simpler; there is one subnet for the entire wireless SSID across the network, and no hairpin of traffic when roams occur.
• Simple operation: Operation is simple because wired and wireless are treated the same and operated together; they have common policies and controller-based automation.
• Wired innovations applied to wireless: First-hop security innovations available for wired can also be applied to wireless; for example, Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI), IP Source Guard (IPSG), and DHCP Snooping.
• Segmentation across wired and wireless:
-The virtual network now passes all the way to wired as well as wireless devices.
-This segmentation is important for separation of certain devices from others, such as IoT and building automation devices connected over wireless.
-It is also important for security reasons to reduce attack the surface; if someone gets into a segment, the person can move only within that segment.
-Because segmentation is handled by the fabric, the number of SSIDs can be limited.
• Best multicast:
-The solution offers the best performance of distributed replication in hardware across the network.
These switches truly deliver the best of wired and wireless together.