Rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

July 12, 2011 - 0 Comments

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I’m writing to you from Cisco Live at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where we’ve unveiled an array of new products affirming that the rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.   While others in the industry were hard at work commoditizing the switching market, Cisco doubled down on innovation by revamping the entire Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio. 

Complete Catalyst refresh from the campus core to the network edge

Since 2010, Cisco has undertaken a top-to-bottom enhancement of the Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio starting with the introduction of the Catalyst Compact Switch, 2960-S, 3560-X, and 3750-X Series switches for fixed access; Supervisor 7-E and associated line cards for Catalyst 4500E; and now a revitalization of the flagship Catalyst 6500E Series product line consisting of, 

  • A 2 Terabit Supervisor that pushes the platform to new levels of performance and scalability with triple the switch fabric bandwidth and quadruple the scalability of the previous generation.
  • Six new line cards including the new 69xx Series that deliver 80 gigabit line rate, non-blocking performance as well as support for 40 gigabit Ethernet connectivity to handle future growth. 
  • An array of service modules – WiSM 2 for wireless, ASA-SM for security, NAM-3 for network management at 10G speeds, and ACE-30 for load balancing – tightly integrating network services to lower complexity and simplify operations.

Best of all, these new capabilities are available to the 25,000+ Catalyst 6500 customers without the need for a costly fork-lift upgrade!

Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE)

For the past decade, Cisco has been the undisputed leader in developing and standardizing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology.  We, once again, usher the industry into the next generation with Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE).  Doubling the power output of the current benchmark, PoE+, UPOE extends network resiliency at lower cost to an unprecedented range of devices supporting application areas such as VDI, financial trading, retail, hospitality and building management.  Combined with Cisco EnergyWise power management, customers can save up to $128 per port in operating cost over five years with this pioneering technology.

Innovations for Access

Borderless Network Services are extended throughout the Cisco Catalyst portfolio with a new Service Module for Catalyst 3560-X/3750-X Series switches offering TrustSec, MediaNet, and Flexible NetFlow capabilities to deliver unprecedented network intelligence and  best-in-class security.We’re also releasing a fiber version of the Catalyst 3750-X platform to provide a new, high density option for aggregation.  And we’re  introducing a new 10GBase-T Network Module for Catalyst 3560-X/3750-X Series switches that give customers the choice of cost-effective copper 10G uplinks.

And finally we’re introducing  seven new Catalyst 3560-C Series Compact Switch models adding PoE pass-through capability to greatly simplify the infrastructure necessary to support deployments outside the wiring closet.

So there you have it.  Cisco is leading what is sure to be the largest network refresh we’ve seen in years, and we’re doing it with the winning combination of innovation plus investment protection.

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