When Cisco unveiled its Catalyst 9200 series switches last year, some partners may not have realized the significance of the announcement. The Catalyst 9200 rounds out the lower end of Cisco’s family of 9000 switches, covering the enterprise from access to distribution to the core. For the first time in the industry, a single family of fixed, stackable and modular switches are running on the same IOS-XE operating system along with a common ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit).
The 9200 is designed for small, medium and branch deployments, providing greater modularity, redundancy and stackability than the Catalyst 2960 it replaces. What’s more, like the other Catalyst 9000 switches, the 9200 is purpose-built for Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access)—the path to delivering on intent-based networking.
Three features and benefits of the Catalyst 9200 switches include:
- Best-in-class security. Each switch comes with up-to-the-second cybersecurity intelligence from Talos, which is Cisco’s cybersecurity research team. Plus, the 9200 features multilayered security (i.e., Trustworthy Solutions), MACsec encryption between the switch and host devices and segmentation.
- Always on. Catalyst 9200 Series switches provide enterprise-level resiliency with FRU (field-replaceable unit) power supplies and fans, modular uplinks, cold patching and perpetual PoE to keep your customers up and running seamlessly.
- IT simplicity. Catalyst 9200 Series switches offer the flexibility of using a simple web UI or Cisco DNA Center provisioning, combined with the open APIs of Cisco IOS XE and the programmability of the UADP (unified access data plane) ASIC technology. The switches also provide simple operation now with investment protection for future innovations.
Three reasons your customers will want to upgrade their legacy switches include:
- Faster core, faster access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are twice as fast (160 Gbps vs. 80 Gbps) and have twice the capacity of traditional switches.
- Security everywhere. Integrated security reduces the switch’s attack surface and helps users detect and stop threats.
- Centralized management. SD-Access and WebUI help close IT skills gaps created by cloud, virtualization and automation technologies.
Key differences in Catalyst 9200 Series switch models
The 9200 is available in two SKUs, the 9200 and the 9200L. Here are the key differences:
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- The 9200 supports Stackwise-160, while the 9200L supports Stackwise-80.
- The 9200 has larger lookup tables than the 9200L.
- The 9200 supports field-replaceable fan units and modular uplinks, while the 9200L does not.
- For partners interested in Cisco SD-Access, it’s important to note that the 9200L only supports one virtual network compared with the 9200, which supports up to three virtual networks.
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