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Cisco initiates major networking refresh

Cisco Systems Inc. this week launched new switching and router equipment and expanded the scope of its Open Network Environment (ONE) architecture.


June 26, 2013  


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Cisco Systems Inc. this week launched new switching and router equipment and expanded the scope of its Open Network Environment (ONE) architecture.

Speaking at the Cisco Live user conference in Orlando, Fla., Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group, said “the network is more important than ever before in enabling the user experience in today’s applications.”

New hardware offerings include:

  • Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL modular switch for the next-generation campus backbone, optimized for 10/40/100 Gbps. It is a 7-slot, 10-rack-unit modular chassis with up to 880 Gbps per slot capacity and 11.4 TB per port switching capacity.
  • The Catalyst 6880-X, a 3-slot, 4RU switch with 16 fixed 10 Gbps port Supervisor engine and four half slots for optional 10 Gbps or 40 Gbps line cards, supporting up to 80 10 Gbps ports or 20 40 Gbps ports.
  • Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) 4451-AX, which addresses the needs of large branch offices, and the
  • Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000-AX.

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

The architecture expands the scope of the firm’s Open Network Environment (ONE), a portfolio-wide strategy that applies software programmability to ASICs, operating systems, networking functions, and services across the data centre, WAN and LAN.

Further details on the launch and Cisco Live will appear in the July/August 2013 edition of CNS.