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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series FIPS 140-2 Validated!

May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm PST

The Global Certification team is delighted to announce that the Cisco Catalyst 6500 has been awarded FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification.Certificate  #1717!

The certification covers the following:  Cisco Catalyst 6506-E [1], Catalyst 6509-E [2] and Catalyst 6513-E [3] Switches with Supervisor Cards (VS-S2T-10G or VS-S2T-10G-XL) and Line Cards (WS-X6908-10G or WS-X6908-10G-2TXL)

  • (Hardware Version: 6506-E -M0 [1], 6509-E -N0 [2], 6513-E -S0 [3], Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G -B0, Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G-XL -C0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G -A0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G-2TXL version -B0 and FIPS kit packaging (CVPN6500FIPS/KIT=); Firmware Version: 15.0(1)SY1)

Efficiently scale, virtualize, secure, and manage your network remotely with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches. Offering a high-performance, feature-rich platform suitable for deployment in campus, data center, WAN, and Metro Ethernet networks, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series provides a strong foundation for Borderless Networks, so you can connect anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Learn more about the Catalyst 6500 Series on Cisco.com!

FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated.

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Cisco Live! Catalyst 6500 Reaches 40 GE

Cisco Live! It’s always an exciting time – real customers, sharing real world experiences, looking for news that will make their networks stroCisco Catalyst 6500 Series 40 Gigabit Ethernet Interface Module nger, faster, more capable, more efficient. And for this Yank, visiting ExCeL London in the heart of London’s Royal Docks for the first time, it’s a special treat.

There are a number of announcements coming out of Cisco Live this week – two that build on the story we’ve been telling about the Catalyst 6500… a new 40 Gigabit Ethernet module and 160 Gbps per slot performance in existing Catalyst 6500 E-Series chassis.

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: July 11- July 15

Welcome back to another weekly wrap up of our top stories and features from The Network. For those of you who participated in or even watched CiscoLive, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Check out what we’ve been up to this week.

1.) Cisco Live 2011

As you all know by now, CiscoLive is just wrapping up in Las Vegas this week. Do you attend Cisco Live onsite or virtually? Tell us your story and you could be featured as the Ultimate Cisco Live Attendee! Turn in your submissions today!

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Missed it? A Recap on Tuesday’s Events from Cisco Live 2011

It’s been a whirlwind of a day at Cisco Live! In case you missed anything, here’s a quick recap on the day’s events.

To kick off the morning, we announced a refresh of the world’s most widely deployed switch, the Catalyst 6500. Fun fact: the new Sup2T is powerful enough to handle 250 Harry Potter DVDs per second!

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SVP John McCool and Scott Gainey

Then our Chairman and CEO, John Chambers, ushered in by a flash mob, delivered his keynote address to a packed house and a virtual audience of 40,000 from over 150 countries!

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Flashmob takes over Cisco Live

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John Chambers delivers his keynote address

Next, I got a behind the scenes look at some of the impressive technology that goes behind supporting over 15,000 Cisco Live attendees. It took about 4 days to build the Network Operations Center and it tracks realtime traffic on the network in the convention center.

And finally, I got my hands on the new Cisco Cius. It may not come with Angry Birds out of the box, but I’m told if you’re on your IT Manager’s good side, they just might enable it for you… oh, and it has HD video, Cisco TelePresence, and VXI technology.

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Hands on with Cius

Check back again tomorrow for more news and updates from CiscoLive 2011 and click here for more photos from the day!

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New Switch Will Help You and Your Customers Tackle Networking Challenges

Whether it’s the increasing proliferation of connected devices, the growth of video traffic, cloud computing business models, and increasingly mobile workforces—no doubt there are big changes happening in IT.

At Cisco Live, we’ve got the tools to provide your customers’ networks with more speed and flexibility than ever before. And today Cisco is announcing multiple innovations into the flagship Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, so you and your customers can be ready to face all the changes ahead.

The new innovations include industry firsts, such as seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform, new network virtualization capabilities, a comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules, and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a completely revamped implementation of NetFlow.

The new supervisor engine can increase the throughput capability of the Catalyst 6500 from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold increase. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.

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