Cisco buffs up Catalyst Ethernet switches

Cisco has significantly upgraded its best-selling Catalyst Ethernet switches by doubling the platform's stacked port density, along with certain other key parameters.

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Network Worldhas the note that Cisco has significantly upgraded its best-selling Catalyst Ethernet switches by doubling the platform's stacked port density, along with parameters for stacking bandwidth, buffers and CPU performance. The new Catalyst 2960-X stackable Gigabit Ethernet switch builds on the foundation of the 3-year-old Catalyst 2960-S/SF. The new unit is available in 24- or 48-port configurations, with 10G uplinks and a stacking capacity of 40G - 80G.

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Cisco says the re-tooled 2960-X can be powered down as low as 6 watts from 50-85 watts in switch hibernation mode. The 2960-X can also be stacked with existing 2960-S/SF switches; like the previous switch models, it supports both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+. Per-port power consumption on the Catalyst 2960-X is 0.9 watts, vs. 2 watts on the 2960-S/SF. Energy efficiency is achieved through support of the IEEE's Energy Efficient Ethernet standard, as well as Cisco's proprietary EnergyWise software.

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The company claims the Catalyst 2000 line is its best-selling Ethernet switch based on number of units and ports shipped.

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