Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet – Universal, Resilient, Efficient

July 7, 2011 - 2 Comments

In the year 2000, we introduced 7 Watts inline power on our switching platforms. Since then, we have consistently doubled the power per port every 2 – 4 years. And now we are doing it again. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) is doubling the power delivered per port to 60 Watts on our modular access switching platform – the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. So what does that mean?

 It means network power resiliency to a wide range of devices and seamless integration with Cisco EnergyWise, to help lower energy bills.

Cisco UPOE opens up a whole new range of devices to network power that was previously not possible with PoE+: virtual desktop monitors, IP Turrets for financial trading, Personal TelePresence systems, compact switches, building management gateway devices, and more. Plus, it lowers capital expenditures by consolidating backup power infrastructure into the wiring closet. And with Cisco UPOE, you can forget the need for wall circuits for end devices that are connected to an access switch. Beyond capital expenditures, Cisco UPOE lowers on-going costs by eliminating battery replacement cycles for devices such as building badge readers.

Partners such as Samsung and BT are introducing new devices that take advantage of 60 Watts of network power to enable new solutions for our joint customers. It’s great news all around, but don’t take my word for it. See what customers are saying about Cisco UPOE by clicking here. We also have a great video summarizing what Cisco UPOE can do for enterprise networks.

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  1. Are cisco going to bring out a 3570X switch with UPOE support ?

    • As per history, the Catalyst 4500E always has been the lead in bringing out the latest in PoE technology. The rest of the Cisco products follow and then the industry.