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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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Take the Unified Access Partner Challenge for a Chance to Win an iPad

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A few weeks ago we launched new Cisco Unified Access solutions at Cisco Live. These included the new Catalyst 3850 switch and the new Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller, both built on the new Unified Access Data Plane ASIC.  These will be key for Cisco partners and their customers as they implement BYOD policies and add more wireless access in branch offices, stores, and other remote locations. It’s a great opportunity for you to help your customers deploy these technologies with a converged approach.

To capitalize on this opportunity, of course, you’ll need to learn something about Cisco Unified Access and I’ve got some ideas for you on that.  Read More »

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Can Access Switches Simplify BYOD and Collaboration?

Enabling bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and rich-media collaboration applications can help increase productivity, deliver superior employee collaboration, and improve business agility. The right campus access network can simplify BYOD and collaboration so that you can free up time to focus on strategic projects.

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Catalyst Compact Switches: Getting out of the Wiring Closet

Discussions about switching almost always seem to be restricted to either the campus or the datacenter. While these are obviously very critical, there is a segment that is often overlooked: switching outside the wiring closet.

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Demystifying the Catalyst: What is StackPower and Why Should You Use It?

In this blog post, let’s take a look at the basics of power redundancy, why it’s needed, traditional methods of achieving it, and how you can do it better.

Businesses require a highly available campus network. Network switch power redundancy is a critical component of overall campus redundancy. There are two commonly used power redundancy solutions for switches – full redundancy and partial redundancy. In full redundancy, every switch is attached to two power supplies so that if one goes down, other takes over. This scheme is also called 1:1 redundancy. In partial redundancy, there is one extra power supply for multiple switches. This is also called 1:N redundancy. However, each has its drawback…

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