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Catalyst 3560-CX switch

Catalyst 3560-CX switch

You’ve had an older Cisco switch working its magic in your data center for year. While it’s still doing an admirable job, in order for your network to move forward, you know that you’re going to have to upgrade sooner rather than later.

But where do you begin the upgrading process? With so many switch options, how does a clear path from what you have now to what you need manifest itself? There are a bonanza of Cisco switches to choose from, what makes sense for your organization?

You don’t have to travel down this path blindly. Cisco has mapped out the options for upgrading your old equipment to new switches. And we’re not going to give you just one choice, the new switches fall into two categories:

  1. Lead Switch – is a best-in-class switch that has a high-end differentiated set of features in a given category. This switch has the most unique features compared to the competitors in its category.
  2. Base Switch – is an entry-level switch in its category and is also known as foundation switch. It has a lower price and a limited feature set, but it’s still a better option than our competitors.

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Networking Field Day 4 at Cisco! #NFD4

This morning we have a very special treat – Networking Field Day 4 is stopping by Cisco!

Last night I got to meet a bunch of the delegates (fancy name for bloggers) and am pretty excited as they’re a great group of Field Day veterans and new folks.  I think the lineup of talks will be fun for them, and I’m hoping we’ll get a good, solid discussion going.  Plus, one of the delegates has agreed to wear a kilt. 

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The 3 Cs at Cisco Live London 2012


Cisco Live London 2012 is underway this week. I’m sure that technical learning and having fun are high on your to-do list. Perhaps you’re also anxious to know what new products and technologies Cisco will announce.

I talked to several customers during the last several weeks. They all wanted to know what Cisco is doing further to help them deal with the wave of cloud computing, video, and mobility. In my previous post From San Jose to London I summarized these questions:
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From San Jose to London

The new year 2012 brings new expectations and changes. The city of San Jose, for example, enacted a ban on plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailer check outs. In response, residents and approximately 5,000 retailers are all adjusting to this new experience, making San Jose the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags. Apparently San Jose, along with many other cities, is determined to avoid perpetuating the history of urban area pollution.  The environmental destruction has plagued so many places, including the River Thames in London which was declared “biologically dead” in the 1950s.

From environmental movements (Bring Your Own Bag – BYOB) to business trends (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD), Read More »

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