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Comparing the Cisco 3560, 3850, and 9300 Switches

by Hunter Gorman, on Mar 9, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Cisco Services enables the improvement of network performance and the achievement of infrastructure excellence faster with less risk. Our services for the Cisco Catalyst 9000 series provide expert guidance to help you successfully plan, deploy, manage, and support your new switches. With unmatched networking expertise, best practices, and innovative tools, Cisco Services can guide you in reducing the overall upgrade, refresh, and migration costs as new hardware, software, and system protocols are introduced into the network. With a comprehensive lifecycle of services, Cisco experts enable you to minimize deployment issues and improve operational efficiencies to extract maximum value from Cisco DNA-ready infrastructure. Here we will be putting the 3560, 3850, and 9300 series switches next to each other to match them to your needs best!


Cisco Switches
WS-C3650-48fd-S
WS-C3650-48fd-L
WS-3650-24fd-L
WS-C3650-12x48ur-L
WS-3850-16xs-S
C9300 series

 

 

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Licensing

WS-3650-48fd-S WS-C3650-48fd-L WS-3650-24fd-L WS-C3650-12x48ur-L WS-3850-16xs-S C9300 series

LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features 

 

IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features 

 

IP Services: Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features 

LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features 

 

IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features 

 

IP Services: Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features 

LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features 

 

IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features 

 

IP Services:  Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features 

LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features 

 

IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features 

  

IP Services: Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features

LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features

 

IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features

 

IP Services: Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features 

Access point license required for operation

Perpetual licensing

Subscription licensing 

 

POE Budget

WS-3650-48fd-S WS-C3650-48fd-L WS-3650-24fd-L WS-C3650-12x48ur-L WS-3850-16xs-S C9300 series
775 watt 775 watt 775 watt 660 watt 800 watt Double the power to 60 watts per port

 

Port Counts

WS-3650-48fd-S WS-C3650-48fd-L WS-3650-24fd-L WS-C3650-12x48ur-L WS-3850-16xs-S C9300 series
48 ports + 2 uplinks 48 ports + 2 uplinks 48 ports + 2 uplinks 48 ports + 2 uplinks 16 ports + 2 uplinks 48 ports + 2 fiber ports for uplinks and peer links

 

Forwarding Speed

WS-3650-48fd-S WS-C3650-48fd-L WS-3650-24fd-L WS-C3650-12x48ur-L WS-3850-16xs-S C9300 series
50.5 Mbps 50.5 Mbps 50.5 Mbps 250 Mbps for 48 stack switch 227.28 Mbps 547.62 Mbps for 48 stack switch

 

Highlighting the 3850

In the table below you'll see the 3560 struggles to check the boxes unlike the 3850 and 9300 series switches. The 3850 Cisco Catalyst switch, as part of the Cisco DNA portfolio of next-generation enterprise-class stackable Ethernet and Multigigabit Ethernet access and aggregation layer switches, securely enables time-saving virtualization, greater automation, and valuable analytics data that directly address your evolving business needs, including less cost to install and operate. The 3850, specifically, competes with the 9300 featuring the similar 480 Gbps bandwidth, Multigigabit technology, Native Flexible NetFlow, integrated wireless LAN controller, and more. The 3850 has an optional subscription to the SD-Access programmability. If you are a small to mid-size enterprise, the 3850 could be the best option for your business needs. The following, though, provides insight into the 9300 series switch that can play a role in your business growth and scaling needs.

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Reasons to Upgrade with Cisco 9300 Switch

  • The 9300 is based on Cisco’s latest technology. As the comparison chart indicates, the 9300 series of switches provide substantially more features and performance than the 3560 and 3850 switches.
  • Cost and complexity can be reduced with Cisco SD-Access by automating the policy. This enables faster service creation and provides advanced visibility into wired and wireless networks. 
  • Customer and employee experiences can be improved through improved performance and support for mobility and new apps. Also, Cisco Gold support is available for this model!
  • End-to-end security is implemented to address threats before, during, and after the attacks. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 switching platform is also the first in this line of switches to offer the Cisco IOS XE and Cisco ONE subscription-based software solution, reducing business and network complexity.

As mentioned above, firms implementing entry-level and advanced versions of Cisco Switches, Cisco Services will assist IT departments to confidently integrate new hardware, software and system protocols into your network, enhancing your technology investments to best suit your needs.

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