Enterprises of all stripes are starting to see the benefits of distributed intelligence throughout their networks, in many cases pushing security and QoS responsibility right to the edge.
Cisco Systems is the latest vendor to pick up on this trend, according to this write-up in Baseline, offering a new supervisor engine for the Catalyst series of switches, and designing the switch itself on a smaller form factor for the wiring closet.
The Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 offers the company's Programmable Intelligent Services Accelerator (PISA) to provide deep packet monitoring of stateless or stateful network traffic, allowing both enhanced security and resource policies to be applied as soon as the data hits the network.
The release is part of the company's Campus Communications Fabric that seeks to devise an overall communications and collaboration platform through enhanced data management. The goal is to leverage the 6500 unit's high port density and WAN routing capabilities with the new Cisco 7201 router to provide an end-to-end network infrastructure.