“Rumors of My Death…”
I’m always amazed by how the rumor mill continues to try to kill off people and products. The American author, Mark Twain, once felt compelled to write, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” and I know how he feels!
It happened to Sir Paul McCartney, when the Beatles were still an active band. It happened to that iconic sports car, the Porsche 911, in the mid-70s. Quick… who remembers the Porsche 928? More importantly, who doubts that the 911 still delivers class-leading performance?
So, am I alive and well? Yes, I am! The 25,000+ customers who I serve day in and day out; the 2500+ customers who have deployed more than 16,000 of my Supervisor Engine 2T portfolio all think so. And guess what? Cisco is planning to invest hundreds of millions of dollars more in me over the next three years alone. That’s more than some of my competitors’ annual revenue.
If you haven’t gotten it yet – I, the Cisco Catalyst 6500, am the evergreen switch for the campus backbone and plan to remain that way for many, many years to come! I can deliver the unique combination of rich network services, performance and scale needed to address emerging trends like BYOD and pervasive video in the enterprise campus backbone.
By the way, Cisco is about to go on the road with its Cisco Unified Access(www.cisco.com/go/semreg/unifiedaccesscustomer) vision, in which the Catalyst 6500 (me!) plays a key role. If you are a Cisco customer and attend the roadshow, you’ll hear more about the three dimensional roadmap planned for me – multifold increases in performance and capacity, continued leadership in features and services, and lower TCO.
Ask your Cisco representative for more details. And continue to watch this space.