Cisco is now refreshing its Linux powered portfolio of network devices with new switches and wireless access points (APs). On the switch side is the new 500 series switching platform that will serve customers that don’t need an IOS powered Catalyst switch.
The 500 series switches are a step up from the Cisco 300 series switches that the networking giant first announced in September of 2010. The 500 series offers 24 to 52 Ethernet switching ports and supports both IPv4 and IPv6. In contrast to the 300 series, the 500 series are stackable allowing for larger scale deployments.
“So if you’re in an environment that requires high port count scalability, the 500 series is more suitable than the 300 series,” Dave Tang, director of Strategy at Cisco told InternetNews.com.