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October 06, 2010

Cisco to Introduce New Products in Borderless Networks Portfolio

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

Cisco Systems, a provider of telecommunications solutions and services, will introduce a number of new offerings under all the functional elements of its borderless network architecture, which include the switching, routing, security and wireless portfolios.

Some of these solutions are the high-density Cisco (News - Alert) Catalyst switches; Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance firewall and compact Cisco ASR 1000 Series router in their classes; and new entry-level 802.11n wireless access points for smaller businesses and several smart-service offerings.

The company has also launched its Application Velocity Network Service, which is helpful in accelerating application performance both physically and virtually, said officials. Expanding Cisco’s borderless networks portfolio, its new products and services are aimed at addressing the growing need for high-performance, highly reliable and highly secure application delivery from consolidated data centers to a much bigger number of wired and wireless endpoints. It is also helpful to the enterprises in optimizing overall resource utilization and footprint.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series switch is a modular platform that is deployed in the industry and delivers 848 gigabits per second of system bandwidth and high-density 384 Power over Ethernet Plus or “PoEP” capable ports to provide enhanced performance. The switch has been equipped with a Supervisor Engine 7-E and enables the market in transforming from 1G fiber to 10G fiber as a price/performance aggregation switch with 100 ports at 10G.

It features a number of hardware-accelerated borderless network services such as Cisco Medianet, Cisco EnergyWise and Cisco TrustSec. The switch is powered by Cisco IOS XE Software, which helps in delivery of third-party services. Further, it provides enhanced access resiliency with sub-10-millisecond supervisor failover utilizing the In-Service Software Upgrade functionality, and enables enriched application visibility with Cisco IOS Flexible NetFlow. Enterprises can benefit from the solution’s backward and forward compatibility to enjoy better investment protection.

The second component is Cisco ASA 5585-X Adaptive Security Appliance, which deploys its compact two-rack-unit form factor to offer multi-scale performance and offers enhanced speed and scale capabilities to support 20 Gbps of multiprotocol throughput and 35Gbps of large packet throughput of maximum firewall performance. Additionally, the solution is compatible with 10,000 VPN connections, 350,000 connections per second and eight million total connections, apart from robust threat defense from the Intrusion (News - Alert) Prevention System.

In September Cisco and Itron announced a strategic alliance to define the evolution of the world’s energy infrastructure. Both the companies partnered with an aim to deliver a definitive 21st Century Internet Protocol-based communications platform to the smart grid market.

Hans Hwang, vice president of advanced services for Worldwide Collaboration Practice for Cisco, will speak on “Integration Strategies for Multi-vendor UC Solutions” today (Wednesday), from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., at ITEXPO (News - Alert) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This session will explore what various vendors suggest or recommend about multi-vendor interoperability, including considerations of trends like cloud computing and virtualization.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf


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