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Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

Hello

Is it better to buy Catalyst 9300 with 8 10G port network module or Cat 3850 12 port fiber switch ( stack)

We are looking for upstream switch with L3 and SDA capabilities.

 

Please advise.

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Re: Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

Hello,

 

Definitely 9300 as it's newer architecture.

Check this comparison:

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-9300-series-switches/nb-06-upgrading-cat-9300-fc-cte-en.pdf

When it comes to routing, neither can hold full BGP table so you can't use them for that purpose.

But, for example, 9300 has a limit of 32,000 IPv4 routes, while 3850 has a limit of 24,000, and so on.

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Re: Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

But we are looking for a switch a SFP+ ports only so either we choose 3850X or 9300 with uplink module

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Re: Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

Well, it's really up to your needs. The question is what is more important to you. Four additional fiber ports on 3850 or additional features of 9300? In any case, you can upgrade 9300 with additional modules to support the growth rate in future, but you can't 'pimp' your 3850 any further.

I hope this answers your question.

 

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Re: Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

CAt 9300 is the better option and cisco more promoting Cat 9300 rather Cat 3800.

 

Both run same IOS XE, But you have new chip set in Cat 9300 and more addong features like SD-Access, DNAC and more in th e future point of view.

 

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Re: Catalyst 9300 vs 3850

For SDA then it's 9300 because 3850 won't have the hardware capabilities to do SDA.
If you are looking for SFP+ ports, then it will have to be 9500 because BU won't allow the "cheap" 9300 cannibalize the 9500's target market.
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