My project engineering staff has been getting more and more information requests for Cisco\u2019s new line of Catalyst 9000 switches, especially the 9300 switch. That has me wondering why.\nCisco touts the Catalyst 9300 Series as the next generation of the industry's most widely deployed stackable switching platform that\u2019s built for security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing. It\u2019s part of a line of network switches that form the foundation for Cisco's Software-Defined Access, its leading enterprise architecture.\nOne reason for the increased interest could be Cisco\u2019s recently announced new intent-based networking system. Cisco believes that by adopting an intent-based approach, networks will be able to deliver a solution that introduces an onslaught of applications and devices that provide greater efficiency and address new security threats.\n\nSo, you\u2019re thinking about upgrading your switch infrastructure, and your local Cisco representative recommends the brand-new Catalyst 9300 family. You decide to check out the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Data Sheet.\nLooks really great! Lots of cutting-edge features. But did you know:\n\nThese switches have a brand-new licensing model to enable the DNA features.\nIt\u2019s not possible to purchase one of these switches from Cisco without a DNA license \u2014 even if you don\u2019t intend to use the DNA capabilities.\nDNA licenses have a renewal term from three to seven years. Yes, you read that right; you will be paying Cisco $$ over and over again.\nIf you want to use the DNA capability, you also have to purchase a server-appliance. As far as I can tell, there\u2019s only one size \u2014 and the list price is $77,000.\n\nCatalyst 9300 great for large networks, but not small\nDon\u2019t get me wrong, the Catalyst 9000 switch family has some amazing capability, and I think it will become the way all networks are configured. BUT right now, it\u2019s obvious that Cisco intends this setup for large and extra-large networks. What if you need only a few switches?\nFear not! You have options.\nInstead of purchasing the latest and greatest, how about taking a look at the still-current Catalyst 3850 switch line?\nI just wanted to offer my perspective on a topic that our product engineering team reports as being "hot."\nAuthor's note: This post has been modified to prevent confusion about the DNA features and the models in the Catalyst switch lines.