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Rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I’m writing to you from Cisco Live at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where we’ve unveiled an array of new products affirming that the rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.   While others in the industry were hard at work commoditizing the switching market, Cisco doubled down on innovation by revamping the entire Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio. 

Complete Catalyst refresh from the campus core to the network edge

Since 2010, Cisco has undertaken a top-to-bottom enhancement of the Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio starting with the introduction of the Catalyst Compact Switch, 2960-S, 3560-X, and 3750-X Series switches for fixed access; Supervisor 7-E and associated line cards for Catalyst 4500E; and now a revitalization of the flagship Catalyst 6500E Series product line consisting of, 

  • A 2 Terabit Supervisor that pushes the platform to new levels of performance and scalability with triple the switch fabric bandwidth and quadruple the scalability of the previous generation.
  • Six new line cards including the new 69xx Series that deliver 80 gigabit line rate, non-blocking performance as well as support for 40 gigabit Ethernet connectivity to handle future growth. 
  • An array of service modules – WiSM 2 for wireless, ASA-SM for security, NAM-3 for network management at 10G speeds, and ACE-30 for load balancing – tightly integrating network services to lower complexity and simplify operations.

Best of all, these new capabilities are available to the 25,000+ Catalyst 6500 customers without the need for a costly fork-lift upgrade!

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Cisco UPOE Powers Catalyst C-Series Compact Switches

Leading the industry in POE innovation, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E extends the IEEE POE+ standard with Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE) to deliver up to 60 Watts per switch port. This gives Cisco customers the deployment flexibility to power a new array of equipment, including Cisco Catalyst Compact Switches.

Today, Cisco announced orderability of the Catalyst 3560CPD-8PT Compact Switch. It is an 8 port GE Compact Switch, which can be powered by Cisco UPOE . This switch also supports PoE Pass-through, which can power downstream devices directly.  The 3560CPD-8PT is designed to support unified communications, wireless, IP video, and other applications for retail, hospitality, education, and enterprise customer. This new compact switch is designed specifically to be placed outside the wiring closet, and contains a number of innovative features that give customers flexibility in switch placement and end device support as well as advanced security services and ease of management features.

With Cisco UPOE to power the Catalyst Compact Switches, Cisco customers benefit from networked data and power resiliency and lowered TCO while simplifying their power and IT cabling infrastructure.

Click here for more information about Cisco Catalyst C-Series Compact Switches.

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Cisco and Schneider Electric Deliver Transformational Energy Management Capability Together

If you’re not familiar with Cisco EnergyWise, it is an innovative technology available in all of the Catalyst Switching and access routing platforms that enables the monitoring, reporting and managing of power usage within the entire organization. The heart of the solution is to address the energy management within enterprise campus IT and touch almost all IT connected devices.

What customers can benefit from Cisco EnergyWise is the capability to not only managing the IT devices that Cisco Catalyst switches directly touch, but also equipment beyond IT. How does this work? The answer is through open APIs and SDK.  Cisco has a large ecosystem partners for EnergyWise . With these partners, a new array of solutions and capabilities become possible.

One of the key Cisco EnergyWise partners is Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries.  Today Schneider Electric and Cisco announce the innovative energy management solution for the entire building portfolio. With the combined solution, building owners and operators can manage all energy-consuming building assets, such as HVAC, lighting, security, as well as IT assets, such as IP phones, IP cameras, PCs and laptops.

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See the Latest Network Management Innovations – Visit the Cisco Prime Booth at Cisco Live

Do you want to simplify your network management? Visit the Cisco Prime booth at Cisco Live 2011 to learn how you can easily improve network operations. Come to the Cisco Prime booth 1885 to see the latest innovations in network management for enterprises and service providers. Join us for the following Cisco Prime activities at Cisco Live:

  • Talk with the experts:  Cisco network management experts will be available to answer your questions and provide interactive live demonstrations of Cisco Prime, wired, wireless, telepresence, cloud, and unified communications management solutions at the Cisco Prime booth 1885.
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) tours: Sign up for a 30-minute tour of the Cisco Live NOC led by the network management experts who are running the NOC. Limited to 6 people per tour. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Cisco Prime booth. Tour times:
  • Monday, July 11: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13: 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14: 11 a.m.

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Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet – Universal, Resilient, Efficient

July 7, 2011 at 8:10 am PST

In the year 2000, we introduced 7 Watts inline power on our switching platforms. Since then, we have consistently doubled the power per port every 2 – 4 years. And now we are doing it again. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) is doubling the power delivered per port to 60 Watts on our modular access switching platform – the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. So what does that mean?

 It means network power resiliency to a wide range of devices and seamless integration with Cisco EnergyWise, to help lower energy bills.

Cisco UPOE opens up a whole new range of devices to network power that was previously not possible with PoE+: virtual desktop monitors, IP Turrets for financial trading, Personal TelePresence systems, compact switches, building management gateway devices, and more. Plus, it lowers capital expenditures by consolidating backup power infrastructure into the wiring closet. And with Cisco UPOE, you can forget the need for wall circuits for end devices that are connected to an access switch. Beyond capital expenditures, Cisco UPOE lowers on-going costs by eliminating battery replacement cycles for devices such as building badge readers.

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