New Cisco Catalyst Lineup

Cisco recently released a new  lineup of Catalyst Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches. Following the same model number scheme as it’s predecessors the new 2960S, 3560X and 3750X switches offer a number of additional features. But the most compelling aspect of this new release is the Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty. In an effort to thwart the rise of its competitors (mostly HP) Cisco have included Advanced Next business day Hardware replacement as part of this new warranty.

Here are some of the highlights of the Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty:

  • As long as the original end user continues to own or use the product, provided that: fan and power supply warranty is limited to five (5) years.
  • In the event of discontinuance of product manufacture, Cisco warranty support is limited to five (5) years from the announcement of discontinuance.
  • Cisco or its service center will use commercially reasonable efforts to ship a replacement for next business day delivery, where available. Otherwise, a replacement will be shipped within ten (10) working days after receipt of the RMA request. Actual delivery times might vary depending on customer location.

Warranties aside, some great new features are available and from my perspective the 2960S offers the greatest. In the past the stacking capabilities of Cisco switches were limited to the 3750 – a good, yet pricey layer 3 switch. The 2960S can be stacked using a term Cisco calls FlexStack. This optional Hot-Swapable module allows up to 4 2960S switches to be stacked together offering one Management interface for the entire stack with Cross-stack EtherChannel support for high availability. For those with higher density Layer 2 requirements this new feature can supply up to 192 GE ports on, what would appear to be, one switch.

Other features include models that support 2 10GE uplinks, a 10/100 out-of-band management port and PoE+ (30Watts*)

*Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48FPD-L            24 at 30W               48 at 15.4W

All of the new switch models come with 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports. There are no 10/100 models available in this lineup, but they have dropped the price a bit as the equivalent 2960 48 port is over $1000 more than the new comparable model.

On the 3560X and 3750X series switches the new features include Full PoE+ and Dual Redundant Power Supplies. Interestingly the 3560+ does still not support Stacking. Again all of these new models are 10/100/1000 GE only and there are no new 10/100 switches in this lineup.

There are many more features and enhancements to all of these models and if anyone have any questions I would be happy to answer them.

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