There are a number of key innovations within the new Catalyst 9000 series family, (Anand lists 9 of them).

Two of my favorite, often overlooked innovations in this hardware include the UADP Programmable ASIC that sets us years apart from any competitor, and the fact that the IOS-XE operating system is using the same binary across the entire family.  This is the most significant move towards simplification of IOS that I have seen on this multi-year progression.

TechWiseTV: Catalyst 9000 Series
Programmability and Software-Defined Access

Not only is this the biggest single family roll out that Cisco has done in history, it was done to coincide with a completely new model for how enterprise networking should be done. Intent-based networking has certainly lead the Cisco news cycle lately but I fear it has also distracted from many of the real innovations present within these latest announcements.

Purpose-built Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) with Software-Defined Access (SDA), the 9300 fixed access, 9400 modular access, and 9500 fixed core switch represent the pinnacle of power and programmability.

This episode explores the unique features that set them apart and the four principles of platform innovation—security, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, and mobility—that bring them together.

All this, plus:

  • A brief history of the Cisco Catalyst switch
  • The new modularity of IOS-XE, and why it matters
  • FlexParser programmable pipeline with microcode updates to support any protocol
  • Micro Engines for process-intensive operations at wire speed, built-in radio frequency identification (RFID), container support, Bluetooth, storage options, and more.

Watch the Episode Now.

Lauren Malhoit and Muhammed Imam review standout features of the Catalyst 9000 Family

Want to chat about this new stuff live with us? Don’t miss the Live Webinar July 19, 2017 at 10:00 am Pacific Time / 1:00 pm Eastern Time. (register or watch replay here)

Huge thank you to the Catalyst team for working with us on this and of course Muhammad Imam and Carl Solder specifically.






Robb Boyd

Producer, Writer, Host