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All the Week’s Networking News That’s Fit to Blog

October 7, 2011
at 3:40 pm PST

Everyone looks forward to Friday: it’s the end of the workweek afterall! We get to enjoy dinners out with friends and family, head to the pub, go out dancing, or just have a quiet night at home with a bottle of wine and a movie.

While I definitely look forward to many of those things, too, another thing that caps off the week nicely is to catch up on all of the interesting technology news that took place. This week, Cisco had two networking announcements: one on the Cisco WAAS portfolio and the other regarding everyone’s favorite switch (Catalyst).

Let’s take a closer look at some of this week’s news highlights:

WAAS Up?

Always on top of the latest channel news, the VAR Guy covered the Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio updates. In his blog, he wrote that these appliances are designed to improve application performance and user experience for those bandwidth-intensive applications such as VDI, video at the desktop, and cloud services.

They also offer some major zip: five times the bandwidth, not to mention support for up to three times as many users than the first generation of WAN optimization appliances.

Our friends at TechWise TV created a video to provide an overview of WAAS:

And, keep reading for the latest in switching news…

This week, Cisco also added flexibility for customers deploying Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches with the new Supervisor Engine 7L-E. It offers significantly higher performance and capacity at the same cost as the current generation Supervisor Engine 6L-E.

Features include: Flexible NetFlow, IEEE 802.1AE MACsec encryption, and support for Cisco IOS XE Software services. And Supervisor Engine 7L-E offers significantly higher performance and capacity at the same cost as the current-generation Supervisor Engine 6L-E.

With this news comes additional opportunities for channel partners selling Catalyst 4500E Series Switches with the new Supervisor Engine 7L-E, which supports small and medium-sized campus deployments with up to 240 ports. (Supervisor Engine 7-E is ideal for large campus deployments.)

In addition, new partnerships with companies that include IPC Systems and DEP Lighting will result in new 60-watt devices that expand the value of Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE technology).

Want to learn more and start selling?

Just download this Catalyst datasheet, and then engage your Cisco partner account manager to build out your sales strategy.

Questions? Drop us a note in the comments. And, of course, have a great Friday!

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