Q: I was reviewing your 470 and wanted to check in and see if you may have some time next week for us to speak with you to understand the scope of your project and its objectives.

A: All pertinent information regarding our 470 and RFP is available on our public website at: https://cusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1516177834541&vdid=i19a22haq4vy

Q: Can you please confirm the following part number as accurate?

Part Number: WS-C9500-16x          

Product Description: Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series 16-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch with SFP/SFP+

A: We want the 9500-16x-a specifically because we need layer 3 functionality. The response we got from our Cisco rep when we asked for clarity is below.

“Absolutely! The only difference is the licensing – Essentials vs Advantage. Advantage is most common on 9500s as you’ll probably want layer 3 functionality.

Note: If you go with an “EDU” switch, it will automatically add the Advantage license version.”

Q: We had some meetings with Matt about the switching project, where we talked about the new Cat9K platform. But we never knew that you were considering a low-end switch option (in comparison with the current 3750’s that you have). So we built the scenarios considering the natural evolution of the 3750/3850 – which is the C9300.

The good news is if you’re looking for a cheaper solution without giving up important features (especially security features) we have two excellent options, and I’d like to see if you could give us guidance about which scenario would fit better in your strategy:

We have the new Cat 9200L platform, that has superior capabilities than the switch on the RFP and a similar price: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-9200-series-switches/nb-06-cat9200-ser-data-sheet-cte-en.html

I noticed that you’re asking for a cloud-managed solution, and we also have our Meraki 250 switches and the Cloud Management tool, that can manage Switching, Wireless, Firewall, and Video Cameras. Meraki is one of the best sellers in the Education market:

Info about The Access point: https://meraki.cisco.com/lib/pdf/meraki_datasheet_MR52.pdf

Info About the switch: https://meraki.cisco.com/products/switches/ms250-48

Info about the Dashboard: https://meraki.cisco.com/lib/pdf/meraki_datasheet_cloud_management.pdf

Best Wired and Wireless Lan access of 2018: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/customers-choice/wired-wireless-lan-access-infrastructure

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access switching and Wireless Lan:

https://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/cisco-leader-gartner-magic-quadrant-wired-wireless-infrastructure

Again, we can offer both solutions with a better price, but I’d like to see if you could point us in the right direction (if we should send a quote with the 9200L or with the Cloud Managed Meraki platform).

I’m looking forward to receive your reply.

A: Send a quote with the 9200L please.