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The Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switch Series represents the next generation of the legendary Cisco Catalyst family of LAN access, aggregation, and core switches. The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches increase networking power based on enhanced hardware and software innovations that bring a wider range of capabilities and applications. The switches from the 9200 series have proven to be always available, safe and easy to maintain. Unlike the 2960 series switches, the new generation 9200 brings us many hardware improvements, and some of them are in the following table.

 

Catalyst 9200 Series

Catalyst 2960X-Series

Programmable ASIC

Yes

No

CPU

Embedded quad core CPU @ 1.4 Ghz

Dual core CPU @ 600 MHz

DRAM (DDR3)

4 GB/2 GB

512 MB

Flash on board

4 GB

Up to 256 MB

mGig Ports

Yes

No

25G uplinks

Yes

No

Stacking (module)

StackWise-160/80

FlexStack-Plus/Extended module

Number of stack members

8

8

Stack bandwidth

160 Gbps/80 Gbps

80 Gbps

Power supply

2 FRUable PS

FRUable on 2960-XR

Platinum Rated Power supply

Yes

No

Max PoE budget

1440W

740W

Modular uplinks

Yes

No

Modular fans

Yes

No

Max depth

13.8 in

16 in.

Blue Beacon

Yes

No

RFID

Yes

No

 

In addition to hardware enhancements, the switches from the Cisco 9200 series also bring us software enhancements. Features that would not be possible on the 2960 series, and bring us greater resilience, security such as MACsec, Cisco SD-Access and Cisco TrustSec®. The following table shows the software comparison of these two series.

Feature

 

Catalyst 9200 Series

Catalyst 2960X-Series

Modern operating system

OS

IOS-XE

IOS

Model-driven programmability

Streaming telemetry

Patching

License upgrade

Cisco Plug and Play (PnP)

Advanced routing

Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF) support

Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)

Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

Fabric

SD-Access Fabric Edge

Security

IEEE 802.1X

MACsec-128

Cisco TrustSec

Security Group Access Control List (SGACL)

First-Hop Security (FHS)

Network visibility

Full Flexible NetFlow

Ingress and egress NetFlow

 

The Cisco 9200 series switches bring us many benefits in all segments such as QoS (Quality of Service), more flexible NetFlow, Stacking, and 25-GE interfaces. The Cisco 9200 Series Switches is a new generation of switches with much greater capabilities and fully prepared for the migration from the 2960 Series Cisco Switches.