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Cisco Catalyst C9500X-28C8D-E - Core and Distribution Switch

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Cisco Catalyst 9500 28x100G + 8x400G switch, NW Essentials License

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Tech overview

Cisco Part Number: C9500X-28C8D-E is a Cisco Catalyst 9500 28x100G + 8x400G switch, NW Essentials License

The Cisco Catalyst 9500X switch, powered by Cisco Silicon One Q200 ASIC, is purpose-built for the next-gen core, offering a programmable pipeline (P4). With switching capacity up to 12.8 Tbps full duplex, it excels in the enterprise, providing high-performance, full routing and switching capabilities without external memories. The Q200 ASIC, featuring on-chip High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), ensures efficient operation. The Catalyst 9500X is equipped with a high-performance multiple-core x86 CPU, serving as Cisco’s premier fixed core and edge services enterprise switching platform. It caters to security, IoT, and cloud requirements, making it the industry’s first fixed 10, 25, 50, 40, 100, 200, and 400 Gigabit Ethernet switch tailored for the enterprise campus. Offering unparalleled forwarding scale and deep buffering for enterprise applications, the Catalyst 9500X includes non-blocking 50 Gigabit Ethernet SFP-56 and non-blocking 400 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP-DD ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9500X Series Features:

  • Utilizes Cisco Silicon One Q200 ASIC for speeds up to 12.8 Tbps.
  • Built on 7nm technology for high performance and low power consumption.
  • Switching capacity up to 12.0 Tbps with 8 Bpps forwarding rate.
  • 80MB dedicated low-latency buffer, up to 8GB HBM buffer.
  • Multiple nonblocking Ethernet ports: 40/100G, 10/25/50G, 40/100/200/400G.
  • Intel 2.43-GHz x86 CPU, 8 cores, 32-GB DDR4 memory.
  • 960 GB SSD storage for container-based applications.
  • Flexible routing tables, ASIC tables for scaling up to 256K MAC addresses, and 2M routes.
  • Dual-stack IPv4/IPv6, hardware support for Application Hosting.
  • Precision Time Protocol (PTP) for accurate clock synchronization.
  • Line-rate 256-bit MACsec and WAN-MACsec data encryption.
  • Hardware support for line-rate 256-bit IKEv2 ESP IPsec data encryption (C9500X-60L4D-A only).
  • Platinum-rated 1500 Watt AC/DC power supplies.
  • Field-replaceable, N+1 redundant fan-tray units with airflow direction flexibility.

Catalyst C9500X-28C8D-E performance specification comparison:

Performance numbers for all switch models C9500-24Q C9500-12Q C9500-40X C9500-16X C9500-32C C9500-32QC C9500-48Y4C C9500-24Y4C C9500X-28C8D-E C9500X-60L4D
ASIC UADP 2.0 UADP 3.0 Q200
Switching capacity Up to 1920 Gbps Up to 960 Gbps Up to 960 Gbps Up to 480 Gbps Up to 6.4 Tbps2 Up to 3.2 Tbps2 Up to 3.2 Tbps2 Up to 2.0 Tbps2 Up to 12 Tbps Up to 9.2 Tbps
Forwarding rate Up to 1440 Mpps Up to 720 Mpps Up to 720 Mpps Up to 360 Mpps Up to 2 Bpps Up to 1 Bpps Up to 1 Bpps Up to 1 Bpps 8 Bpps 8 Bpps
Total number of MAC addresses Up to 64,0001 Up to 82,0001 Up to 256,0001
DRAM 16 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Flash 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
VLAN IDs 4,094 4,094 4,094
Jumbo frame 9,198 bytes 9,216 bytes 9,216 bytes


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