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    Choose Catalyst 9000 or Nexus 9000?

    Date:2019-04-08Click:1250


    Choose Catalyst 9000 or Nexus 9000?

    The questions from users: “What is the difference between catalyst 9000 and Nexus 9000? Where can we use in the network and Features of Catalyst 9000 and Nexus 9000?”

    They are 2 classes of switch. Catalyst 9k should be campus network class, while Nexus is belonging to data center class. Campus network is a term to describe the size of infrastructure. It’s doesn’t mean you cannot use campus network switch on data centre. Depending on your requirement (E.g. throughput, scalability, budget…etc) to choose your equipment.

    1.Catalyst 9500 is for Enterprise switching and routing for Collapsed Core or Core.
    2.Nexus 9K are more of Data center and Server Switching. (with ACI ).

    With Catalyst 9000 you access DNA software capabilities via pre-bundled Cisco ONE software suites or a-la-carte components. (Available across the entire enterprise networking portfolio, Cisco ONE software provides businesses with access to ongoing innovation, budget predictability, and a more agile way to consume technology.)

    The hardware for Cisco ACI is based on the Cisco Nexus 9000 family of switches. The software and integration points for ACI include a few components, including Additional Data Center Pod, Data Center Policy Engine, and Non-Directly Attached Virtual and Physical Leaf Switches.

    Catalyst 9000 or Nexus 9000? 

    Read the following comparison of Nexus 9500 Switches and Catalyst 9500 Switches.


    Nexus 9500 SwitchesCatalyst 9500 Switches
    Key Features
    Target deploymentsModular data centerSmall to large enterprise core/distribution
    StackingYes
    SD-AccessYes
    Advanced security and analyticsYes
    Capacity
    Port quantity48 x 1/10/25 G, 32/36 x 40/100 G32 x 100 G QSFP28, 32 x 40 G QSFP, 48 x 25 G SFP28, 48 x 10 G/1 G SFP+/SFP
    Port types1/10/25/40/50/100 G100 G, 40 G, 25 G, 10/1 G
    Switching capacity60 Tbps6.4 Tbps
    Stacking/chassis bandwidth60 Tbps12.8 Tbps
    IPv4 routes128k212k
    IPv6 routes32k212k
    Flash memory installed size16-24 GB16 GB
    Wireless bandwidthNo
    Networking
    Advanced switchingLayer 2/3Layer 2/3
    Jumbo frame support9216 bytes9216 bytes
    MAC address table size104-160k/card80k entries
    Native wireless supportNo
    Power
    Integrated PoEyesNo
    PoE/PoE+/UPOEN+1No
    PoE budget3000WNo
    Power redundancyAC 200-277V, DC 240-380VOptional
    Power redundancy scheme1+1
    Power provided650-1600W
    Nominal voltageAC 120/230V; DC -36/-72V
    Environment
    Humidity range operating5-95% (noncondensing)
    Maximum operating temperature104°F
    Minimum operating temperature32°F
    Maximum storage temperature149°F
    Minimum storage temperature-4°F
    Form factor
    ConfigurationModular data centerFixed,  virtual stack
    Height (rack units)4-21 RU1 RU
    Slots free quantity4-160
    Slots total quantity3-213
    Depth31.8-33.2 in17.7 in
    Height12.3-36.7 in1.8 in
    Width17.5 in17.5-21.5 in
    Weight85-192 lb21-26 lb
    Security
    Encrypted Traffic AnalyticsAES128, SSH, TLS, IPSecYes
    Trustworthy systemsyesYes
    Encryption protocolsyesAES-256/MACsec-256, SSH, TLS, IPsec
    MPLSyesYes
    IGMP snoopingYes
    NetFlowYes
    Programmability
    NETCONF/YANGyesYes
    PythonyesYes
    ContainersyesYes
    NX-APIyes
    Software
    Operating systemNX-OS/ACICisco IOS XE 16
    License typeperpetual / SubscriptionPerpetual plus subscription
    Support

    WarrantyLimited hardware warrantyE-LLW
    Service10-day advance parts replacement, technical supportNBD delivery of replacement hardware where available
    Support full contract period1 year, technical support90 days of 8×5 Cisco TAC support


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