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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The C9500-40X-A is a Cisco network switch featuring 40 10G ports, powered by Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later, equipped with a Network Advantage license. It supports a switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps, with 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory for enhanced performance. The device accommodates up to 64,000 MAC addresses, 80,000 IPv4 host routes, 40,000 IPv6 host routes, and maintains security with ACL scale of up to 18,000 for IPv4 and 9,000 for IPv6, alongside a robust capability for VLANs with 4,094 VLAN IDs.

FAQs for the C9500-40X-A

  • What is the port type and how many ports does this switch support?
    The switch supports 40 ports of 10G type.
  • Is the Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a compatible with part number?
    Yes, it requires Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later.
  • What is the switching capacity of this device?
    The switching capacity is up to 960 Gbps.
  • What software license is needed for part number?
    A Network Advantage software license is required.
  • How many MAC addresses can this switch store?
    The switch can store up to 64,000 MAC addresses.
  • What is the forwarding rate for part number?
    The forwarding rate is up to 720 Mpps.
  • How many IPv4 and IPv6 host routes can this device handle?
    It can handle up to 80,000 IPv4 and 40,000 IPv6 host routes.
  • What is the maximum altitude at which part number can operate?
    It can operate at altitudes up to 10,000 ft.
  • What are the DRAM and Flash Memory capacities?
    Both DRAM and Flash Memory have capacities of 16 GB.
  • What is the range of input voltage for part number?
    The input voltage range is 90 to 264 VAC.

Product Review

The Cisco C9500-40X-A switch offers a high switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps, ensuring efficient data handling for large networks. With support for up to 40 10G ports, it accommodates high-bandwidth connections, though the fixed port configuration may limit flexibility for networks requiring different or future port speeds. The device runs on Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later and comes with the Network Advantage license, providing advanced features but necessitating consideration of ongoing licensing costs and software update implications for long-term deployment.


The Cisco C9500-40X-A is a cutting-edge network switch designed to cater to the demands of enterprise-level networks, offering a comprehensive suite of features geared towards enhancing the efficiency, security, and scalability of network infrastructures. This switch comes equipped with 40 ports, each capable of 10G connectivity, ensuring high-speed data transfer and network connections. It operates on Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later and is bundled with the Network Advantage software license, providing access to advanced network features and capabilities. One of the standout features of the Cisco C9500-40X-A is its impressive switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps, coupled with a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps. This ensures that the switch can handle large volumes of data with ease, making it suitable for networks with high traffic demands. The device supports up to 64,000 MAC addresses, indicating its ability to manage a vast number of connected devices without compromising on performance. In terms of routing capabilities, the switch supports up to 64,000 IPv4 indirect routes and 80,000 IPv4 host routes, along with 32,000 IPv6 indirect routes and 40,000 IPv6 host routes. This flexibility in routing ensures that the switch can efficiently manage both current and future networking requirements. Additionally, the device is capable of handling up to 32,000 IPv4 multicast routes and 16,000 IPv6 multicast routes, enhancing its utility in multimedia transmission and distribution networks. Security is a paramount concern in modern network environments, and the Cisco C9500-40X-A addresses this through its support for up to 18,000 IPv4 and 9,000 IPv6 Access Control List (ACL) scales. Furthermore, it offers up to 512,000 Flexible NetFlow (FNF) entries, providing comprehensive visibility into network traffic for better monitoring, analysis, and security. The hardware specifications include 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory, ensuring smooth operation and sufficient storage for the system software and configurations. The switch supports 4,094 VLAN IDs, enabling extensive network segmentation and isolation. It can manage up to 300 PVST instances and 1,000 switched virtual interfaces, allowing for complex network topologies and virtual network configurations. Other technical specifications include support for jumbo frames up to 9,198 bytes, enhancing the efficiency of large data transfers. The device's physical dimensions are 1.73 x 17.5 x 21.52 inches, making it compact enough for rack-mount installations. It operates within a voltage range of 90 to 264 VAC and is designed to function optimally in temperatures ranging from 0° to 40°C, with an altitude tolerance of up to 10,000 ft.
  • Switching Capacity: Up to 960 Gbps
  • Forwarding Rate: Up to 720 Mpps
  • Software Compatibility: Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later
In summary, the Cisco C9500-40X-A is engineered to meet the demands of sophisticated networks, offering high-speed connectivity, extensive routing and security features, and robust performance specifications, making it an ideal choice for enterprises looking to upgrade their network infrastructure.


Item NumberC9500-40X-A
Produced byCisco
Ports Quantity40
Type of Ports10G
Operating SystemCisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or newer
Software LicensingNetwork Advantage
Data Switching RateMaximum 960 Gbps
Data Processing RateMaximum 720 Mpps
MAC Addresses CapacityMaximum 64,000
IPv4 Indirect Routing CapacityMaximum 64,000
IPv4 Direct Routing CapacityMaximum 80,000
IPv6 Indirect Routing CapacityMaximum 32,000
IPv6 Direct Routing CapacityMaximum 40,000
IPv4 Multicast Routing CapacityMaximum 32,000
IPv6 Multicast Routing CapacityMaximum 16,000
ACL Entries for Security (IPv4/IPv6)Maximum 18,000/9,000
Flexible NetFlow EntriesMaximum 512,000
System Memory16 GB DRAM
Storage Memory16 GB Flash
Virtual LAN IDs4,094
PVST Instances300
Switched Virtual Interfaces Count1,000
Maximum Frame Size9,198 Bytes
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.73 x 17.5 x 21.52 Inches
Power Requirement90 to 264 VAC
Operational Temperature Range0° to 40°C
Maximum Operating Altitude10,000 ft

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