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Model Number:
Catalyst 9500 12-port 40G switch, Advantage


C9500-12Q-A Overview

C9500-12Q-A is one of the the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches. The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are the next generation of enterprise-class core and aggregation layer switches, supporting full programmability and serviceability. Based on an x86 CPU, the Catalyst 9500 Series is Cisco’s lead purpose-built fixed core and aggregation enterprise switching platform, built for security, IoT, and cloud. The Catalyst 9500 Series is the industry’s first purpose-built 40 Gigabit Ethernet line of switches targeted for the enterprise campus.

Quick Specs

Figure 1 shows the appearance of C9500-12Q-A.

Table 1 shows the Quick Specs.

Product CodeC9500-12Q-A
DescriptionCatalyst 9500 12-port 40G switch, Network Advantage
Switching capacityUp to 480 Gbps full duplex
Forwarding rateUp to 720 Mpps
AC power max rating950W
System power consumption850W max
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.73 x 17.5 x 21.52 in
Rack units (RU)1 RU

Product Details

Figure 2 shows the front panel of C9500-12Q-A.

12 40G QSFP ports
Console port (RJ-45 Serial)
Blue beacon LED
10G Status LEDs
USB mini Type B console port
Mode button
USB 2.0 host port
Ethernet management RJ-45 port

The Modules, Cards, Licenses

Table 2 shows the recommended elements for the C9500-12Q-A.

SOFTWARE SUBSCRIPTIONC9500-DNA-12Q-AC9500 DNA Advantage, Term licenses
 C9500-DNA-L-E-5YCatalyst 9500 NW & DNA Essentials. low port density license (5Y) for 12P40G SKU
Power SupplyPWR-C4-950WAC-R
950W AC Config 4 Power Supply front to back cooling
950W AC Config 4 Power Supply front to back cooling
Console CablesCAB-CONSOLE-RJ45
Cisco CAB-CONSOLE-RJ45 Console Cable 6ft with RJ45 and DB9F
Cisco CAB-CONSOLE-USB Console Cable 6 ft with USB Type A and mini-B