Cisco Extends Catalyst Switch Portfolio

Cisco has introduced new Catalyst switches and capabilities to the Campus Communication Fabric, its blueprint for network services, to help customers increase operational flexibility and use the network as a platform to accelerate the delivery of applications and to support evolving networks.

In what they say is an industry first, Cisco announced enhanced Power-over-Ethernet (ePoE) capabilities across its Catalyst portfolio beginning with the Catalyst 3750-E and 3560-E Series, with the Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 4500-E Series scheduled to follow in the second quarter of this calendar year. With ePoE, customers can power Cisco 802.11n wireless access points from a single switch port, delivering greater operational simplicity and business flexibility for secure wired and wireless integrated network.

Cisco has also announced new fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switching solutions in its Catalyst 3560-E Series and has introduced Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support in its Catalyst 2960 Series, providing greater deployment flexibility to enterprises and small and medium-sized business customers.

“On the one-year anniversary of the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E and 3560-E Series, we are proud to demonstrate continued switch innovation to help our customers meet the growing demand of faster applications and media-rich business collaboration,” said Inbar Lasser-Raab, senior director of Cisco Network Systems. “We’re seeing rapid adoption of our Catalyst 3750-E and 3560-E Series as customers roll out these services and require higher performance, easy migration to next-generation 10 Gigabit Ethernet and extended Power-over-Ethernet capabilities.”

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