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C9500-16X-EDU – Cisco Switch Catalyst 9500


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The Cisco C9500-16X-EDU Catalyst Switch represents the pinnacle of networking performance and security, tailored for educational institutions with demanding technological requirements. First, its impeccable design for the core and aggregation layers provides a reliable foundation for a robust campus network. With a powerful 2.4 GHz x86 CPU and 16 GB of DDR4 memory, network operations are processed swiftly and efficiently without bottlenecks. In terms of capacity, this switch offers a staggering up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity, enabling seamless handling of intense data traffic and ensuring that educational applications and resources are always accessible without latency issues.

Security is paramount in any network, but especially in educational environments where sensitive research and student data are at stake. This switch features advanced security measures, including Encrypted Traffic Analytics and MACsec encryption, enabling the detection and response to threats even within encrypted traffic. Moreover, the programmable UADP ASIC enhances network flexibility for adapting to new protocols and technologies without hardware changes.

Networking should not be a hassle, and with the Cisco DNA Center integration, network operations are vastly simplified. From automated deployment to policy management and assurance, this centralized management platform streamlines administrative tasks, reduces the potential for human error, and frees up valuable IT resources. The Cisco C9500-16X-EDU also supports network virtualization, so you can segment your network for educational, administrative, and research needs without compromising performance.

When investing in network infrastructure, longevity is crucial. The switch’s high mean time between failures (MTBF) indicates reliability and reduced operational costs over its lifespan. Lastly, by choosing the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series, you are future-proofing your network, ensuring it can scale with the growth of your institution and embrace IoT and cloud-based applications effortlessly.

The Cisco® Catalyst® 9500 Series switches are the next generation of enterprise-class core and aggregation layer switches, supporting full programmability and serviceability. Based on an x86 CPU, the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series is Cisco’s lead purpose-built fixed core and aggregation enterprise switching platform, built for security, IoT, and cloud. The switches come with a 4-core x86, 2.4-GHz CPU, 16-GB DDR4 memory, and 16-GB internal storage.

Quick Specs

Table 1 shows the Quick Specs.

Product Code


Product Description

Catalyst 9500 16-port 10G, K12

Dimensions (H x W x D)

1.73 x 17.5 x 21.52 in

Rack units (RU)

1 RU

MTBF (hours)


Minimum software requirement

Open Cisco IOS-XE Software Release 16.8.1

Product Details

Cisco C9500 Series provide these highlights:

Data Plane (UADP) Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) ready for next-generation technologies with its programmable pipeline, microengine capabilities, and template-based, configurable allocation of Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding, Access Control Lists (ACLs), and Quality-of-Service (QoS) entries

•Intel® 2.4-GHz x86 CPU with up to 120 GB of USB 3.0 or up to 960 GB of SATA SSD storage for container-based application hosting

•Up to 6.4-Tbps switching capacity with up to 2 Bpps of forwarding performance

•Up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports

•Up to 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports

•Up to 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit Ethernet SFP28 ports

•Up to 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

•Platinum-rated AC/DC power supplies

•Up to 512,000 Flexible NetFlow (FNF) entries in hardware

•Up to 36 MB of unified buffer per ASIC

•Up to 212,000 routing entries (IPv4/IPv6) for high-end campus core and aggregation deployments

•IPv6 support in hardware, providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks

•IEEE 802.1ba AV Bridging (AVB) built in to provide a better AV experience through improved time synchronization and QoS

•Precision Time Protocol (PTP; IEEE 1588v2) provides accurate clock synchronization with sub-microsecond accuracy, making it suitable for distribution and synchronization of time and frequency over the network

•Dual-stack support for IPv4/IPv6 and dynamic hardware forwarding table allocations, for ease of IPv4-to-IPv6 migration

•Support for both static and dynamic NAT and Port Address Translation (PAT)

•Scalable routing (IPv4, IPv6, and multicast) tables and Layer 2 tables

•Cisco IOS® XE Software, a modern operating system for the enterprise with 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

•StackWise Virtual technology, a network system virtualization technology that increases operational efficiency and boosts nonstop communications and scaled system bandwidth

•SD-Access: With the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series, you can be part of the future of networking with features that include:

-Policy-based automation from edge to cloud

-Segmentation and micro-segmentation made easy, with predictable performance and scalability

-Automation and network assurance through the Cisco DNA Center Appliance

-Faster launch of new business services and significantly improved issue resolution time

•Cisco Plug and Play (PnP) enabled: A simple, secure, unified, and integrated offering to ease new branch or campus device rollouts or updates to an existing network

•Advanced security:

-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 and distributed anomaly detection. Additionally, ETA is able to detect vulnerable implementations in encrypted traffic

-Support for AES-256 with the powerful MACsec 256-bit encryption algorithm available on all models

-Trustworthy solutions: Secure Unique Device Identification (SUDI) support for Plug and Play, enabling tamper-proof device identity capability, which secures zero-touch provisioning by allowing your device to show a certificate to the server to be able to get onto your network.

The Modules, Cards, Licenses

Table 2 shows the recommended elements for the C9500-16X-EDU.




Software Subscription


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Advantage low port density license (3Y) for 12P40G SKU


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Advantage low port density license (5Y) for 12P40G SKU


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Advantage low port density license (7Y) for 12P40G SKU


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Essentials. low port density license (3Y) for 12Q, 16X, 24Y4C SKU


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Essentials. low port density license (5Y) for 12Q, 16X, 24Y4C SKU


Catalyst 9500 NW & DNA Essentials. low port density license (7Y) for 12Q, 16X, 24Y4C SKU

Power Supply



950W AC Config 4 Power Supply front to back cooling

Console Cables



Cisco CAB-CONSOLE-RJ45 Console Cable 6ft with RJ45 and DB9F


Cisco CAB-CONSOLE-USB Console Cable 6 ft with USB Type A and mini-B



Cisco Catalyst 9500 2 x 40GE Network Module


Cisco Catalyst 9500 8 x 10GE Network Module

Compare to Similar Items

Table 3 shows the comparison.

Product Code




Catalyst 9500 32x100G, K12

Catalyst 9500 16-port 10G, K12

Switching capacity

Up to 6.4 Tbps

Up to 480 Gbps

Forwarding rate

Up to 2 Bpps

Up to 360 Mpps


16 G

16 G


16 G

16 G

Dimensions (H x W x D)

1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 in

1.73 x 17.5 x 21.52 in

Rack units (RU)



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