It can be confusing to know which Catalyst 9K switch to position on your campus. The most recent release to the Catalyst 9K switching family; the Catalyst 9600 brings a modular chassis to the core/aggregation layer and is positioned to replace the 6500 & 6800.
Heres a quick reference aimed to assist you in your upgrades and have confidence that you will meet the present and future needs of the campus.
|Current Platform||Transition to Cat 9K Series|
|Access Switching||Catalyst 2960||Catalyst 9200|
|Catalyst 3650||Catalyst 9300L|
|Catalyst 3850||Catalyst 9300|
|Catalyst 4500E||Catalyst 9400|
|Backbone Switching||Catalyst 3850 10G||Catalyst 9500|
|Catalyst 4500X||Catalyst 9500|
|Catalyst 6500E||Catalyst 9600|
|Catalyst 6800||Catalyst 9600|