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Double the Power: Industry’s First 60-Watt Power over Ethernet

July 18, 2011
at 8:50 am PST

If your customers are clamoring for a network with a smaller carbon footprint, one that’s more efficient, and more flexible, did you know the solution may be just an Ethernet cable away?

Today, Cisco is announcing the industry’s first 60-watt Power over Ethernet for the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. With Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE), you get twice the power per port than other switches – letting you power a greater range of devices through a single standard Ethernet cable. And, customers can use their existing network to power these devices.

What does the news mean for Cisco partners, customers, and the industry?

Keep reading for fun networking facts, details about today’s news, and links.

  • A February 2010 report from Global Industry Analysts predicts the Global Thin Client Market is will reach 14.36 million units in sales by 2015.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 4500E with Universal Power Over Ethernet provides resiliency and high availability thanks to hardware redundancy in power supplies and fans.
  • Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet, can be combined with Cisco EnergyWise to extend the capability of energy administration and policy setting beyond the traditional PoE devices via simplified network and power cabling infrastructures.
  • Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet is available now with a new linecard on the Catalyst 4500E.
  • Up to 120 UPoE ports can be supported in a single Catalyst 4500E chassis.
  • Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet utilizes standard Cat 5e or higher cabling and RJ45 connectors to enable an easier deployment of this solution within existing infrastructures.
  • In September 2011, Cisco will ship a Universal Power over Ethernet splitter, which will allow connections to additional third-party devices with a standard DC output.
  • Cisco is offering free developer support to any networked endpoint device manufacturer who is interested in harnessing the benefits of UPoE in their future design specifications.
  • Samsung’s NC220, the industry’s first integrated zero client display, means you won’t need a separate virtual desktop client and wall adapter for powering the desktop components.
  • BT’s Netrix turret, used in financial trading room floors, can now derive its power from the same Ethernet cable that provides its connection to the Cisco-powered network.
  • And, Cisco has tested many devices that can now, through a UPOE splitter, be powered by the Catalyst 4500E switches, including the highly secure and easy-to-manage Oracle Sun Ray Clients. These lower power consumption thin client devices are used for displaying server-hosted virtual desktops.

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