Cisco Catalyst 3650 vs Catalyst 9300 – How far has Cisco come!
sThe Cisco 9300 is regarded as one of the best switch platforms ever produced. It is recognized as CRN's 2018 Overall Network Product of the Year. It keeps the foundation of Software-Defined Access and brings incredibly faster performance and greater bandwidths to the table.
The 9300 series were mainly launched to replace the traditional 3650 series which themselves were a hot item upon their release in 2013.
Today we’ll dive back in time and take a look at how Cisco has implemented new features and improved their services over the years.
The Catalyst 3650 series The 3650 series provides a bandwidth of 160 Gbps per stack which at the time was greater than its processors. It laid down the foundation for full convergence between wired and wireless on a single platform for operation simplicity and scale. It is built on the StackWise-160 and allows stacking of up to 9 devices. It brought the ability to stack unlike the 3560-X. It provides support for up to 50 access points and 1000 clients on each device.
Similarities Both series feature the Cisco IOS Flexible NetFlow which optimizes the network cutting down operation costs and improving the performance of the system. It can identify the source of an IP address and other related information. The Flexible NetFlow allows the customer to do capacity planning with more accuracy and helps with the identification of DoS attacks and network-propagated worms. This means a faster, secure, and efficient infrastructure. Both feature the Cisco IOS XE which works as a single operating system for switching, routing, wireless, etc. making it easier to manage and cutting down human resources costs. They both also allow wired and wireless convergence which is a result of the integrated Wireless LAN controller and allows application visibility across wired and wireless.
What new does the 9300 series offer? The new 9300 series offer the greatest bandwidth of 480 Gbps which means a greater throughput. It is built upon an x86 CPU which means the ability to run programs and scripts directly on the device. It offers hot patching which means patches are added without the wait. It makes use of Native MACsec-256 encryption for secure encryption and link authenticity. It also gives access to encrypted analytics which means that threats are recognized even before the data is decrypted. The 9300 offers an end-to-end quality of experience according to the IEEE switches standard.
It is a more software-driven infrastructure and uses the Cisco DNA centre and SD-Access to automate complicated tasks like app deployment saving you the trouble of constant management and cuts down costs and time. Other new features include:
UADP 2.0 ASIC for wired and wireless convergence.
50 max number of APs supported as compared to 25.
KVM and container-based hosting environments for app hosting.