We are currently looking to migrate 160+ servers from an EOL stacked switch, and looking at the following options:
Catalyst 9600 with 25Gb line cards
Nexus 9500 with 25Gb line cards
If we deployed the Catalyst 9600 this could be managed by Cisco DNA we recently deployed as part of an Edge refresh, and we utilise the DNA Advantage features SWIM, GIR, Assurance etc... The only reservation with the 9600 is 4 x 48 line cards being the total port count, l was wondering if there is a plan to bring out a larger model with 8 line cards, in the event of future expansion.
Thank Balaji, The Nexus 9500 gives the future line card addition, and larger throughput capacity, so we have a bit more flexibility with future growth. The Cat 9600 does have a higher cost with DNA licensing, which we could use for SWIM, GIR and Assurance features, but we need to look at cost/design, vs mgmt from a DNA and the features. Thanks, James
There are plans, and there are plans. There are discussions for a larger (8-slot) C9600 chassis, but are currently uncommitted (vs. other priorities) and would not be available in this calendar year (2020).
Can you please share exactly how many ports you need?
Keep in mind that C9600 has a small footprint (only 8RU), and supports Stackwise Virtual (i.e. 2X physical, in 1 virtual system). With that design, you could support 8 x 48 x 25G = 384.
Hi Shawn, Thanks for the update, and good news on larger model. The current port count is 160 dual homed, so 320 in use today, leaving some room for future expansion. I will look at the options between the different models where throughput, expansion and cost for the NXOS switch, vs the features we could use in DNA. James