Understanding the Network Advantage License
The Network Advantage License is a software license that provides advanced network features and capabilities for the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches, including the C9300L-48PF-4X-A.
The Network Advantage License provides access to advanced network features, including multicast routing protocols, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features, network resiliency features such as Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for improved bandwidth utilization. It also includes advanced security features such as Cisco TrustSec, which provides end-to-end network security and policy-based access control.
In addition to these advanced features, the Network Advantage License also provides access to advanced automation and management capabilities through the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center. DNA Center is a centralized network management platform that provides a single point of control for network automation, policy management, and analytics.
The Network Advantage License is ideal for organizations that require advanced network capabilities and features. It is typically used in large enterprise networks, data centers, and service provider networks.
High Performance and Scalability
The C9300L-48PF-4X-A Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch is designed to deliver high performance and scalability for modern enterprise networks. Here are some key features that enable this:
- StackWise-480 Technology: The C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch supports Cisco's StackWise-480 technology, which enables up to 480 Gbps of stack throughput and up to 50 switches per stack. This enables the creation of a highly scalable network that can meet the demands of growing organizations.
- 48-Port 1G Copper Connectivity: The C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch offers 48 1G copper ports, which provide high-speed data transfer for workstations, servers, and other network devices. This ensures that data flows smoothly and efficiently across the network, even during periods of heavy traffic.
- Fixed 4x10G/1G SFP+ Uplinks: The switch also includes four fixed 10G/1G SFP+ uplink ports, which provide high-speed connectivity to other switches or network devices. This enables the creation of a high-speed backbone network that can handle large amounts of data traffic.
- PoE+ Support: The switch also supports Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), which enables the switch to provide power to connected devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, and security cameras. This eliminates the need for separate power sources for these devices, which simplifies network cabling and reduces power consumption.
- Network Advantage License: The C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch includes the Network Advantage License, which provides advanced features such as Layer 3 routing, multicast routing, and Cisco TrustSec security. This enables the creation of a more secure and efficient network that can meet the demands of modern enterprise applications.
Network Automation and Management
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 series switches, including the C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch, provide advanced network automation and management capabilities, which help simplify and streamline network operations.
Network automation involves the use of software tools and processes to automate and orchestrate network management tasks, such as configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, and security. The C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch supports network automation through the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center, which provides a centralized platform for network automation and management.
With Cisco DNA Center, network administrators can automate network configuration and deployment, reduce manual configuration errors, and improve network security and compliance. The platform also provides end-to-end visibility into network performance, enabling administrators to identify and resolve issues more quickly.
Cisco DNA Center also supports policy-based automation, which allows administrators to define and enforce policies for network access, security, and application performance. This can help ensure consistent and secure network operations across the organization.
In addition to network automation, the C9300L-48PF-4X-A switch supports advanced network management capabilities, such as remote configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Network administrators can use the switch's web-based interface or command-line interface to manage network configurations, monitor network traffic, and troubleshoot network issues.
The switch also supports Cisco Smart Call Home, a proactive service that provides automatic notification of network issues and facilitates fast resolution. With Smart Call Home, network administrators can receive real-time alerts about critical issues, and Cisco technical support can proactively identify and resolve potential problems.
General Information about this Cisco C9300L-48PF-4X-A
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# C9300L-48PF-4X-A
- Product Type: 48 Port Switch
The C9300L-48PF-4X-A Cisco Catalyst 9300 is a 48-port gigabit Ethernet switch with four 10-gigabit SFP+ uplinks and support for full Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) capabilities. It also includes the Network Advantage software package, which provides advanced enterprise-level features and functions.
Here is a breakdown of the technical specifications of this switch:
- Port Configuration: 48 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks
- Power over Ethernet: Full PoE+ support on all 48 Ethernet ports, with a maximum power budget of 740 watts
- Switching Capacity: 176 Gbps
- Forwarding Rate: 130.94 Mpps
- MAC Address Table Size: 32,000 entries
- VLANs: Supports up to 4,094 VLANs and 4,096 VLAN IDs
- Stacking: Can be stacked with other Cisco Catalyst 9300 switches for increased capacity and redundancy
- Management: Can be managed via a web interface, command-line interface (CLI), or Cisco DNA Center
- Security: Includes features such as IEEE 802.1X, MACsec, and TrustSec for advanced network security
- Software: Comes with the Network Advantage software package, which includes features such as advanced routing, QoS, and network segmentation.
Different Types of Switches
Networking switches vary widely depending on the number of devices they can support, network bandwidth/speed, and form factor. Switches for small offices will have anything between 4 and 8 ports and can fit on a desk. For larger office network implementation, switches may have 24 ports, 48 ports, 96 ports, and 128 ports and are rack-mountable between 1U and 4U. Switches come in different types depending on the network speed and tasks they support. These include 40/100 Gbps, 10 Gigabit (up to 10000 Mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (up to 1000 Mbps), Power over Ethernet, and Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps).
The unmanaged switches offer fixed configurations on a plug-and-play basis. It is the most basic switch and there are a few choices in the market. These switches are affordable, but the basic features make them inappropriate for enterprise applications.
The number of features and level of functionality improves with managed switches, making them ideal for enterprise and business applications. These switches are built with the command-line interface for ease of configuration. Equally, they support SNMP agents that come in handy when troubleshooting network issues.
The security on managed switches is better and will protect different types of traffic. Other features include support for virtual LANs, IP routing, and quality of service settings. Managed switches are more expensive compared to all other types of switches.
Smart switches refer to switches that possess more features than those unmanaged switches but do not have the full features of managed switches. Smart switches are more cost-effective than managed switches.
Some of the limitations of the smart switches are a lack of telnet access support, Web GUIs, and a lack of many features for VLANs. They are affordable compared to a fully managed switch and are suitable for a smaller computer network.
Modular switches allow the addition of expansion modules as the network expands. The expansion modules allow for more networked devices but are application-specific. They may include wireless access points, firewalls, or network analysis tools. The flexibility of a modular networking switch comes at a higher cost.
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