Cisco Pushes Switching to the Edge

Michael Vizard

Cisco today launched a new series of compact Catalyst switches designed to increase the company's presence at the edge of the network.

According to Rob Soderberry, senior vice president and general manager for the Cisco Ethernet Switching Technology Group, the new Cisco C-Series switches are small enough to be deployed outside of traditional wiring closets, thereby making it possible to more cost-effectively deploy switches in locations where traffic originates. The ability to deploy switches throughout an enterprise is becoming more crucial as the number of devices that generate network traffic continues to increase. As a result, there is a greater need to segment traffic on the enterprise network, said Soderberry.

With the release of the C-Series, Soderberry said customers will have less of an incentive to rely on third-party networking gear at the edge of the network. Instead, the C-Series switches make it easier for customers to build an end-to-end network using Cisco equipment that can all be managed via the same central console.

The Cisco C-Series switches can be deployed as far away as 100 meters from a wiring closet, and feature support for pass-through Power over Ethernet, which means they don't need to be plugged into an outlet.

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