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Cisco Catalyst 9000 (C9K)

Cisco Catalyst 9000 (C9K).

Highlights

  • Same binary image across all C9K; Open IOS-XE 16.5. Note. the term Open IOS-XE is for the new released IOS-XE starting on version 16.
    • Using database approach to store configuration.
    • SMU (Software Maintenance Update). To get rid of bug, there is patch which can be installed without upgrading the IOS-XE and subsequently no outage.
    • Support Data Models (Netconf/Yang); Google OpenConfig.
  • Programmable ASIC via FlexParser.
  • Micro Engines to off-load CPU processing requirement.
  • Three models:
    • Cisco Catalyst 9300. Fixed Access.
    • Cisco Catalyst 9400. Modular Access.
    • Cisco Catalyst 9500. Fixed Core.

Common Attributes

  • Blue Beacon. Light for visual identification for all switches type including the 9400 SUP and line-card. Lights are on the front and back for 9300 and 9500 and front for 9400 models.
  • Passive RFID.
  • Bluetooth for file transfer, device management, and configuration.
  • External Storage. SATA SSD storage (up to 1 TB) and USB 3.0 (up to 120GB).
  • Ergonomics.
    • Circle Pattern Hex Packing. The switch doesn’t have sharp edge
    • Silver/Nickel Based for smooth finish.
    • Cisco Medium Gray for smooth finish.
    • Grab area in moulded plastic
    • 2.5 mm Frame
  • Innovations Principles.
    • Secure
    • Network as a sensor
    • Full Netflow for StealthWatch
    • Encrypted Threat Analytics. Finding anomalies in encrypted packet without decryption with >99% accuracy.
    • 256-bit MacSec
    • Turstworthy Systems
    • Group-based policy
    • IoT Convergence
    • CoAP / IoT Device profiling
    • SD Bonjour
    • Perpetual PoE. Power still up while the switch is reloading.
    • IEEE 1588 / AVB
    • Emerging Standards: Manufacturer Unique Description (MUD)
    • Mobility
    • Fabric Enabled Wireless
    • Embedded WLC
    • Distributed Wireless Scale
    • Unified Control and Policy
    • Wired and Wireless Guest
    • Cloud
    • DevOps Toolkit
    • Netconf/Yang Models
    • Streaming telemetry
    • Patching/GIR
    • Application Hosting

Cisco Catalyst 9300. Fixed Access.

  • 2RU switch model
  • Three models:
    • Data
    • PoE+/UPoE. All of the ports are 60-watt capable (802.3bt Type 3)
    • Multigigabit. (1G/2.5G/5G/10G)
    • 24x mGig ports (top RU); First 36x ports support 2.5G and last 12x ports support mGig (bottom RU)
  • Modules:
    • 4x mGig (1G/2.5G/5G no 10G) (Copper)
    • 4x 1G
    • 8x 10G
    • 2x 40G
  • Support 2.5G and mGig.
  • Stackable to 8 switch members.
  • Stackwise-480 and StackPower
  • Active/Standby for redundancy

Cisco Catalyst 9400. Modular Access.

  • ISSU
  • 4-Slot, 7-Slot, and 1-Slot models (Up to 9 Tbps System Capacity)
  • Dual SUP SSO
  • Power Supplies N+1, N+N
  • Fans N+1
    • You can pull the fan out from the back too, instead of just from the front!
    • Barometer and Thermometer for variable fan speed automatically.
  • SUP Engines
    • Redundant SUP option.
    • 1.44 Tbps
  • Line cards options (up to 80G per slot):
    • UPoE. 24x 1G + 24x mGig
    • SFP+. 24x 10G
    • UPoE. 48x 1G
    • Data. 48x 1G

Cisco Catalyst 9500. Fixed Core.

  • Up to 1.9 Tbps Non-Blocking.
  • Models
    • 40x 10G with modules.
    • 8x 10G
    • 2x 40G
    • 12x 40G
    • 24x 40G

Interesting note.

  • 2500 hours testing per day for system and functional capabilities (i.e. spanning-tree, multiple services/features at once, PoE, etc)

Sources.