Cisco beefs up Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines to increase app performance, reliability

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Three Cisco product lines received an infusion of new products. Cisco's Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines were beefed up this week as part of the company's ongoing digital transformation initiatives.

The updates aim to solve a problem network professionals are having with performance and reliability. As Prashanth Shenoy, director of enterprise networks for Cisco, noted in a blog post, performance and reliability are coming under even greater scrutiny than before.

Under the Aironet product line, Cisco added two 802.11ac Wave access points – specifically, the Aironet 2800 and 3800. Designed to take advantage of the the Wave 2 specification and provide enterprises with automatic configuration and flexible radio assignment capabilities, the new access points use Cisco's optimized roaming functionality for improved user experience within the enterprise.

ASR's update includes the 1006-X and the 1009-X, which Shenoy indicated were built to run bandwidth-intensive applications like cloud and video, as well as handle the growing number of mobile devices connecting to corporate networks at the edge.

"These x-chassis come with a true pay-as-you-grow licensing – meaning when more throughput is needed, simply activate the appropriate software license. Software upgrades are done in-service. No hardware upgrade needed. No scheduled downtime. The x-chassis goals: high availability and resiliency," Shenoy wrote.

The Catalyst line got a new small form factor switch, as well as an update to Catalyst Supervisor.

The new Cisco Catalyst 3650-Mini aims to provide the same functionality as the Catalyst 3650, but in a smaller form factor. Or rather, a "lower depth" form factor. The 3650-Mini is outfitted with 24 or 48 ports of GbE PoE for wired/wireless switching. Basically, it's the 3650 with a modification to its design so it's more suitable for organizations with tight space requirements.

The Catalyst Supervisor 6T for Catalyst 6K Series and Catalyst Supervisor 8-L for Catalyst 4K Series were designed to support existing Catalyst 6500 and 6800 customers. The Supervisor update provides greater throughput for those devices. As for the 8-L, specifically, it replaces  the 6L-E and 7L-E to provide customers with better performance.

A few other new products from Cisco include Connected Mobile Experiences Cloud, a cloud-delivered mobility offering that provides greater customer insight; WAAS 6.2, which includes updates to boost application performance; and the Meraki Cloud-Managed offering, which is a managed service covering the Meraki 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point.

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