Cisco Rounds Out Cisco ONE Strategy With New Catalyst Switches, Routers


The new Catalyst 6807-XL modular switch, according to Cisco, shares the same DNA as its older sibling, the Catalyst 6500, but is optimized for 10/40/100 Gbps. The new switch is a seven-slot, 10-rack-unit modular chassis with up to 880 Gbps per slot capacity and 11.4 TB per port switching capacity.

The second switch in the new line-up, the Catalyst 6880-X, is targeted at smaller and mid-size campus deployments. It's a three-slot, four-rack-unit switch with fixed 16 10-Gbps port supervisor and four half slots for optional 10- or 40-Gbps line cards.

The Catalyst 6800ia Instant Access switch is the third switch in the new Catalyst line-up, and one that Cisco said is optimized for programmable, one-touch deployments. The Cisco Catalyst 6800ia is meant to simplify the management of campus networks by virtually consolidating access switches across multiple buildings into one extended switch.

Cisco said the new Catalyst family is slated for availability in November.

Cisco also launched two new routers, the Integrated Services Router (ISR) 4451-AX and the Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000-AX. The new ISR 4451-AX, available now, is targeted at larger enterprise branch offices, and the ASR 1000-AX, available in July, is unique in that it has Cisco's Application Visibility and Control functionality built in.

World Wide Technology's Bomar said Cisco's growing focus on the Internet of Everything and SDN align with WWT's own focus on these two trends. While customers may not be asking about them today, they eventually will, Bomar said.

"I don't think it's going to happen tomorrow. I think it's going to be months, maybe even a few years. But we've been in this business for about 23 years at this point, and we're not in it to make the short-term sale," Bomar told CRN. "We are in it to create the kind of customer who will be with us years into the future."

PUBLISHED JUNE 24, 2013