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Catalyst 3000 series is FIPS Certified!

January 12, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

The Global Certification Team is  pleased to announce the Cat3K X-Series has been awarded FIPS validation #1657 and is complete!  We certified the Cisco Catalyst 3560-X and 3750-X Switches running Firmware Version: 15.0(1)SE.

more information can be found here.
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Virtual Switching: Fundamentals of VSS

December 14, 2011 at 6:22 am PST

Cisco’s been doing virtualization in various forms on the network side for quite a long time. One incredibly powerful feature that I think is still amazingly under utilized is the Cisco VSS or Virtual Switching System.

The ability to make two 6500′s look like a single switch so that you can have your cake and eat it too.  Its the epitome of giving us the redundancy and availability we need while simultaneously allowing us to use the extra capacity that could normally sit unused. Easier management and configuration make this a no-brainer that more network managers should consider as ‘required’ in their design. Check out our ‘Fundamentals of VSS‘ to get yourself started.

Even more after the jump…

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Switching Roadshow – We Bring the Brains to You

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a kind of roadshow of technical experts Cisco switching: From Campus to Data Center: Cisco Switching Deep Dive

This is a day-long seminar inviting customers and potential customers to find out about and discuss the technical specifics, capabilities, and applications of Cisco’s entire switching portfolio. The seminars are being held all over the US from the end of October and through the beginning of December. Here’s a little video I put together from the day and some notes on interesting things I saw. [Sorry for the shaky video!]

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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:

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Universal Power over Ethernet

October 6, 2011 at 8:47 am PST

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UPOE, or Universal Power over Ethernet, is the latest innovation from Cisco with broad, positive implications for many enterprise operations. We are not new at this. Cisco has been pushing the standards since 2000 for the incorporation of electrical power running on the same cable as data.

UPOE is a big milestone as we can now consolidate 60 watts on a single CAT5E cable.   The flexibility that this enables cannot be overstated. Multiple third party vendors are jumping into the ecosystem here as dynamic environments using Virtual Desktops with integrated monitors, IP Turret systems for trading floors, not to mention building management, physical security and host of networking devices such as AP’s and compact switches that are often installed in very obscure locations.

The Catalyst 4500E is the initial beneficiary of this industry first for Cisco and this episode of TechWiseTV covers not just the use case and deployment examples as we go hands on with the big switch, but also a unique deep dive into understanding just how this works. A full appreciation for the engineering talent behind this innovation is warranted on this one when we go beyond the power negotiation and get into the physics of heat dissipation and other hurdles that had to be overcome. It’s the action packed TechWiseTV you have come to expect!

Watch the Show Right Here:

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