Cisco updates Catalyst switching and router products

Cisco introduced new and updated Cisco Catalyst switching and Integrated Services Router products.

The new launch is part of Cisco’s aim to strengthen networking portfolio.

The products are part of the new Cisco Enterprise Networks Architecture, which enables applications to get the networking information they need to offer innovative services to end users with less hands-on administration from IT professionals.

Cisco is updating its entire service provider and enterprise networking portfolio to become open and programmable, and today’s news addresses the campus and branch portion of that transition.

The new and updated products include new platforms for the campus and the branch portions of corporate networks.

“The network is more important than ever before in enabling the user experience in today’s applications. Network intelligence, simplicity and innovation will be the key factor in unlocking new business opportunities and competitive differentiation for our customers,” said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches are built for campus backbone 10/40/100 Gbps services. They feature network programmability and investment protection through compatibility with the widely deployed Catalyst 6500 Series Switches.

Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture

Cisco ONE addresses SDN and incorporates programmability across the network infrastructure to enable innovation, investment protection and lower operating expenses.

Within the enterprise, the Cisco ONE Enterprise Network Architecture brings openness and programmability to the campus and branch, making them more agile, high-performance, and application-savvy, all while adding value to existing network resources.

The Cisco ISR 4451-AX is available now; the ASR 1000-AX and 4500E Supervisor Engine 8E are scheduled to be available in July; and the Catalyst 6800 Switch Series are scheduled to be available in November 2013.

“Regardless of your organization size, as an organization leader, you must align your network strategy with your top business initiatives so that poor technology planning doesn’t delay project execution,” said industry analyst Nick Lippis, president & CEO, Lippis Enterprises.

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