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Demystifying the Catalyst: The Basics of Application Visibility in the Network

What is Flexible NetFlow and why should you use it? In this blog post, let’s take a look at the basics of Application Visibility in the network for capacity planning and security.

In an enterprise, hundreds of applications are accessed by users from different locations within the campus and remotely from a branch or home. The application usage is usually not known beforehand and increases non-uniformly over time. This non-uniform app usage translates to non-uniform increases in traffic across the network which complicates capacity planning. Another complexity to capacity planning is that there can be sudden spikes in the traffic due to security issues such as internal security breaches, viruses, Denial of Service attacks, or network-propagated worms. IT administrators should not wait for these incidents to happen in order to tackle them. Instead, administrators must have the ability to see the usage pattern in advance for capacity planning and security incident detection and remediation.

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Cisco UPOE and the Art of Saving 2x the Power Output of Hoover Dam [Infographic]

When someone mentions Power over Ethernet (PoE), what comes to your mind? If you are in IT, you may think about powering IP phones and wireless access points over the network. However, did you know that you can now power a whole new range of devices over the network with Cisco UPOE, including virtual desktop terminals, IP Turrets for financial trading, compact switches, personal telepresence systems, and more?

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Campus Access Switching – Right-size, don’t compromise

Cisco Catalyst 4500E, which we refreshed completely in October last year with the Supervisor 7-E, new line cards, and open application platform (IOS XE), has been winning kudos – both from customers and press. Customers tell us they value the scalability, integrated high-availability, and application visibility that Supervisor Engine 7-E brings to campus access switching. They also tell us that although Supervisor 7-E is great for larger campus deployments, it needs a complementary supervisor that offers rich network services but is better optimized for smaller and medium sized campus deployments.

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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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