Cisco Unveils More Compact Catalyst Switches

Cisco is expanding its Catalyst switching family with the addition of two more compact lines. The new compact switches are part of an effort by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) to expand the availability of networking for retail, medical, industrial and other vertical markets.

The release includes the new Catalyst 3560-C and Catalyst 2960-C Compact Series of switches. The new Catalyst C-series retain the same feature set as larger Catalyst switches even though they are only about half the size of an Xbox gaming console.

From an engineering perspective, Cisco did a number of things in order to make a compact version of the Catalyst. Among the innovations are custom ASICs as well as new thermal design to accommodate the more compact package.

The C-class switches are intended to be deployed at a distance from the main network wiring closet, where power outlets may be limited. As such, Cisco has embedded some advance Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE +) capabilities to enable power to pass through the c-class switches. Enterprise Networking Planet details the new releases.

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Cisco Goes Compact With Catalyst Switches

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