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Cisco Catalyst software subscription for Switching

Switch into an intelligent network

Scale and segment your network for security, compliance, and complex processes.

Unlock value with software

Catalyst software subscriptions can help your IT team keep pace with your network's expanding demands. Purchase subscriptions individually or through a Cisco Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Automate with confidence

Provide access to users, devices, and applications, without shortchanging security.

Gain visibility

Detect threats hidden in encrypted network traffic and respond quickly with security embedded in the access network.

Make your network smarter

Quickly troubleshoot and convert data into business and IT insights.

Secure with ease

Help keep users, devices, and application traffic secure with continuous zero trust.

24/7 technical support

Enjoy base product-level support for software, hardware, and operating system (OS), all included in the subscription.

Compare Catalyst software subscription tiers

Catalyst Essentials

Get networking essentials, including basic automation, monitoring, and easy management.

Features include:  

  • Basic automation
  • Monitoring
  • Centralized management


Catalyst Advantage

Get all Catalyst Essentials features plus advanced segmentation, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) analytics, and complete visibility with Cisco ThousandEyes platform. 

Includes all features of Essentials, plus:

  • Policy-based automation with software-defined access
  • Assurance and AI network analytics
  • Complete visibility with Cisco ThousandEyes
  • Cisco Spaces for smart buildings
  • ISE Advantage licenses (quantity dependent on switch model)

Optional add-on

Expansion Pack

Purchase the following add-on Cisco licenses, appliances, and services along with an Essentials or Advantage license, using one convenient ordering menu.

Available for:

  • Cisco Identity Services Engine
  • Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)
  • Cisco Spaces
  • Cisco ThousandEyes

Dive into the details

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Catalyst software subscription for Switching data sheet

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