Den Sullivan

Cisco has unveiled the new Catalyst 3850 Series of switches to manage both wired and wireless.

Cisco has unveiled its new Catalyst 3850 Series, described as the biggest thing to hit switching in the past ten years. Built on Doppler , Cisco’s ASIC technology, it features a single platform for both wired and wireless.

Den Sullivan, Head of Architecture and Enterprise at Cisco, announced the series during the Cisco Expo 2013 at Sun City, South Africa today. Nothing like this has ever been done before, he said. “Wired and wireless have always been separate things.”

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series is the next generation of enterprise-class stackable access-layer switches that provide full convergence between wired and wireless on a single platform. Cisco's new Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) powers the switch and enables uniform wired plus wireless policy enforcement, application visibility, and application optimization. This convergence is built on the resilience of the new and improved Cisco StackWise-480. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches support full IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), modular and field-replaceable network modules, redundant fans, and power supplies.

Sullivan noted that the app killer is the network. “Any congestion on the network impacts the user experience,” he said.

With the new converged wired and wireless control in a single box, the 3850 includes over 100 new patents.

The product features include:

– Up to 40G of wireless capacity per switch (48 port models)

– Up to 50 access points (APs) and 2000 wireless clients support on each switching entity (switch or stack)

-  24 and 48 10/100/1000 data and Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) models with Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)

– Cisco StackWise®-480 technology provides scalability and resiliency with 480 Gbps of stack throughput

– Cisco StackPower technology provides power stacking among stack members for power redundancy

– Three optional uplink modules with 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports

– Dual redundant, modular power supplies and three modular fans providing redundancy

– Full IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) with 30W power on all ports in 1 rack unit (RU) form factor

-Software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, Multicast routing, modular quality of service (QoS), Flexible NetFlow (FnF) Version 9, and enhanced security features

- Single Universal IOS image across all license levels, providing an easy upgrade path for software features

-Enhanced limited lifetime warranty (E-LLW) with next business day (NBD) advance hardware replacement and 90-day access to Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support.

 

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