Cisco Expands Enterprise Networking Portfolio as 'Internet of Everything' Grows

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Cisco has added new, and updated, switches and routers to its portfolio as it eyes greater traction in the enterprise networking market.

The products accommodate the cloud and mobility trends shaking up the enterprise sector. Cisco said the switches and routers accelerate application and service innovation while also lowering IT total cost of ownership. To that point, the portfolio additions address the campus and branch portions of Cisco's move to bring software programmability to ASICs, operating systems, networking functions, and services across the data center, WAN and LAN. Cisco is calling that strategy the Open Network Environment, or ONE. The idea is to provide the infrastructure that supports the so-called Internet of Everything, or the applications running businesses and even peoples' lives.

The products in question are:

  • Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL modular switch, for 10/40/100 GBps;
  • Cisco Catalyst 6880-X semi-fixed switch for the mid-market with 10 GBps advanced services for smaller and mid-size campuses;
  • Cisco Catalyst 6800ia Instant Access switch with programmable, one-touch deployments for simplified Catalyst 6000 campus operations;
  • Cisco 4500E Supervisor Engine 8E, which lets users preserve wired infrastructure investments;
  • Cisco Integrated Services Router 4451-AX for large branch offices; and
  • Cisco Aggregation Services Router 1000-AX for WAN aggregation.

The Cisco ISR 4451-AX is available now; the ASR 1000-AX and 4500E Supervisor Engine 8E are slated for availability in July. The Catalyst 6800 Switch Series are scheduled for a November release. As part of the ONE strategy tying those products together, Cisco has deployed the onePK API toolkit so developers may create networking applications. Cisco is supporting onePK across its entire enterprise routing and switching portfolio within the next 12 months, beginning with the 4451-AX and 1000-AX routers; those will support onePK as of Cisco's first 2014 quarter.

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