Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches

Converge wired and wireless​​

The Catalyst 9400 Series switches are modular access switches built for security, flexibility, IoT, and smart buildings. They deliver high availability, support up to 9 Tbps, and provide the latest in 90-watt UPOE+, giving you a solid foundation for a trusted workplace.

Compare Catalyst 9400 models

Cisco Catalyst 9400 series switches are our leading modular switching platform for access and aggregation, providing density and reliability crucial for the enterprise campus and branch.

Catalyst 9400 10-slot

  • 90W UPOE+ on every access port
  • 384 ports and 480 Gbps per slot
  • Secure segmentation with SD-Access
  • State-of-the-art high availability with N+N/N+1 power redundancy
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 9400 7-slot

  • 90W UPOE+ on every access port
  • 240 ports and 480 Gbps per slot
  • Secure segmentation with SD-Access
  • State-of-the-art high availability with N+N/N+1 power redundancy​
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 9400 4-slot

  • 90W UPOE+ on every access port
  • 96 ports and 480 Gbps per slot
  • Secure segmentation with SD-Access
  • State-of-the-art high availability with N+N/N+1 power redundancy​
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switch Data Sheet

The Cisco Catalyst® 9400 Series switches are Cisco’s leading modular enterprise switching access, distribution and core platform built for security, IoT and cloud. These switches form the foundational building block for SD-Access ― Cisco’s lead enterprise architecture. The platform provides unparalleled investment protection with a chassis architecture that is capable of supporting up to 9 Tbps of system bandwidth and unmatched power delivery with high density IEEE 802.3bt PoE (60W and 90W). Redundancy is now table stakes across the portfolio. The Catalyst 9400 delivers state-of-the-art High Availability (HA) with capabilities like Cisco StackWise® Virtual technology with In-Service-Software-Upgrade (ISSU), SSO/NSF, uplink resiliency, N+1/N+N redundancy for power supplies. The platform is enterprise optimized with an innovative dual-serviceable fan tray design, side to side airflow and is closet-friendly with ~16” depth. A single system can scale up to 384 access ports with your choice of 5G multigigabit copper, 1G copper, 1G fiber, Cisco UPOE®+, Cisco UPOE and PoE+ options and up to 192 ports of 10G Fiber and 10G multigigabit options. The availability of 1/10 G fiber ports facilitate aggregation of existing small form factor fixed access switches. The addition of the new SUP-1XL-Y supervisor allows unique investment protection through 25 G uplink connectivity option which is becoming a popular alternative to 10 G in the core. The platform also supports advanced routing and infrastructure services, SD-Access capabilities and network system virtualization. These features enable optional placement of the platform in the core and aggregation layers of small to medium-sized campus environments.

Cisco DNA Software

Cisco DNA Software offers a valuable and flexible way to buy software for the access, WAN, and data center domains. At each stage in the product lifecycle, Cisco DNA Software helps make buying, managing, and upgrading your network and infrastructure software easier. Cisco DNA Software provides:

  • Flexible licensing models to smoothly distribute customers’ software spending over time
  • Investment protection for software purchases through software services–enabled license portability
  • Access to updates, upgrades, and new technology from Cisco through Cisco® Software Support Services (SWSS)
  • Lower cost of entry with the new Cisco DNA Subscription for Switching model
  • Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series switches support hosting Cisco DNA Spaces natively on the CPU complex (included with Cisco DNA Advantage and Premier licenses). Cisco DNA Spaces IoT Services on Catalyst 9000 switches bridges wired smart building technology using the power of data to help speed return to a trusted workplace and the inevitable return-to-office. Cisco DNA Spaces is included as part of Catalyst 9400 Cisco DNA Advantage or Premier subscriptions.
  • Access to end-to-end service assurance through Cisco ThousandEyes* Network and Application Synthetics (included with Cisco DNA Advantage and Premier licenses)

Cisco DNA for Access lets you manage your entire switching structure as a single, converged component. With one management system and one policy for wired and wireless networks, it offers an efficient way to provide more secure access.

*The Cisco ThousandEyes credits per customer included as part of Catalyst 9400 Cisco DNA Advantage or Premier subscriptions will be limited to 110,000,000 units of test capacity. Cisco ThousandEyes Cloud Agent access is not included in the Cisco DNA license entitlement. Test capacity can be increased and Cloud Agents accessed with purchase of additional Cisco ThousandEyes Network and Application Synthetics.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switch Highlights

  • The Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) 2.0 ASIC is ready for next-generation technologies with its programmable pipeline, microengine capabilities, and template-based configurable allocation of Layer 2, Layer 3, forwarding, Access Control List (ACL), and Quality of Service (QoS) entries
  • Intel 2.4-GHz x86 with up to 960 GB of SATA SSD local storage for container-based application hosting
  • Up to 1.44 Tbps wired switching capacity (IPv4) with 900 Mpps of throughput
  • Up to two nonblocking 25 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks on Supervisor-1XL-Y
  • Up to two nonblocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable [QSFP]) and up to eight nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (SFP+)
  • SFP support on uplinks to offer flexibility for up to eight Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 384 ports of nonblocking 10/100/1000 RJ-45 ports
  • 392 ports of nonblocking 1 Gigabit Ethernet Fiber (SFP) ports
  • 200 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports (eight uplinks plus 192 10G line card ports)
  • 384 ports of nonblocking 5G mGig RJ-45 ports
  • Cisco UPOE®+ (90 W) capabilities on 384 ports simultaneously
  • Cisco UPOE (60W)/PoE+ (30W) capabilities on 384 ports simultaneously
  • Line rate hardware-based Flexible NetFlow (FNF) delivering flow collection up to 384,000 flows
  • IPv6 support in hardware, providing wire rate forwarding for IPv6 networks
  • Dual-stack support for IPv4 and IPv6 and dynamic hardware forwarding table allocations for ease of IPv4-to-IPv6 migration
  • Scalable routing (IPv4, IPv6, and multicast) tables and Layer 2 tables
  • Open Cisco IOS® XE: This modern operating system for the enterprise provides support for model-driven programmability, on-box Python scripting, streaming telemetry, container-based application hosting and patching for critical bug fixes. The OS also has built-in defenses to protect against runtime attacks
  • End-to-end visualization of the path from campus/branch to clouds/DC with Cisco ThousandEyes Network and Application Synthetics (included with Cisco DNA Advantage and Premier licenses)
  • SD-Access: The Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series form the foundation building block for SD-Access – Cisco’s leading enterprise architecture, which includes:
    • Policy-based automation from edge to cloud
    • Segmentation and micro-segmentation made easy, with having predictable performance and scalability
    • Automation through Cisco DNA Center
    • Policy through the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
    • Network assurance through Network Data Platform
    • The ability to launch new business services faster and improve issue resolution time significantly
  • SD-Access Embedded Wireless: The Cisco Catalyst 9800 embedded Wireless Controller Software package can be installed on Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series switches to enable wireless controller functionality for distributed branches and small campuses. Once installed, the Catalyst 9800 embedded Wireless Controller running on a Catalyst 9400 Series switch can support up to 200 APs and 4000 Clients. A maximum two wireless controllers can be enabled per site on two different Catalyst 9400 Series switches which will increase to scale up to 200 APs and 4000 Wireless Clients. The Catalyst 9800 embedded Wireless Controller Software package will enable wireless functionality only for SD-Access deployments with two supported topologies:
    • The Catalyst 9800 embedded Wireless Controller Software package can be enabled on Catalyst 9400 Series switches functioning as Co-Located Border and Control Plane
    • C9800 Wireless Software Package can be enabled on Catalyst 9400 Series switches functioning as Fabric in a Box
  • Plug and Play (PnP) enabled: A simple, secure, unified, and integrated offering eases new branch or campus device rollouts and can also be used for providing updates to an existing network
  • Advanced security
    • Cisco Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA): You benefit from the power of machine learning to identify and take actions toward threats or anomalies in your network, including malware detection in encrypted traffic (without decryption) and distributed anomaly detection
    • AES-2561 support with the powerful MACsec-256 encryption algorithm is available in hardware
    • Trustworthy systems: Secure Unique Device Identification (SUDI) support for PnP tamper-proof device identity capability secures zero-touch provisioning by allowing your device to show a certificate to the server to be able to get onto your network

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series chassis

The Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series offers three chassis options and a wide range of line card options (Table 1). It provides a common architecture that can scale up to 400 ports. Cisco StackWise Virtual technology doubles this port density by virtually stacking two Catalyst 9400 modular switches in a single logical switch.

The Catalyst 9400 Series chassis is enterprise optimized with efficient side-to-side airflow and full front accessibility for all removable components, including supervisors, line cards, power supplies and fan tray. The chassis also supports optional rear accessibility for fan trays to enable efficient cable management. Catalyst 9400 Series chassis, supervisor, line cards, powersupply and fan trays have embedded RFID tags which facilitate easy asset and inventory management using commercial RFID readers.

References:

  1. Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches
  2. Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switch Data Sheet

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