The switches also feature IEEE 802.1ae "MACSec" data encryption, which secures LANs from attacks such as passive wiretapping, masquerading, man-in-the-middle and some denial-of-service attacks. The switches also include location-based services for mobile users and Cisco EnergyWise 2.0 software for energy efficiency, and support video services that adhere to Cisco's MediaNet network video enablement strategy.
The switches come with three software options depending on the breadth of features needed.
Cisco also announced that its TrustSec security architecture, which authenticates users based on identity and policy, is now available across the 3750/3560 switch lines.
Another new switch line is the Catalyst 2960-S. This roughly $2,000 switch comes with 24 or 48 10/100/1000Mbps ports, 4 Gigabit or 2 10G Ethernet SFP+ fixed uplinks, a 20Gbps stacking interconnection, and 15 watts/port PoE and PoE+. Without PoE, the 2960-S requires less than 2 watts/port, Cisco says.
The 2960-S comes with two software options based on feature requirements and price.
Borderless Networking enhancements for Cisco's routers include MediaNet, EnergyWise and other extensions for various applications. The ISR G2 3900E, 887, 887V, 888E and 1921 platforms now have MediaNet 1.0 software for resource reservation, QoS and device detection, and embedded video processing; and EnergyWise-enabled slot-based power control and real-time reporting capabilities via a 48-port 10/100/1000Mbps EtherSwitch module.
Cisco has also added video surveillance on the routers' Services Ready Engine modules; a NetScout probe agent on the routers' application processing module; a 350Mbps WAN connection; VDSL2, EoSHDSL and 900MHz HSPA interfaces; and Smart Call Home automated support notification capabilities.
The ASR 1000 edge router running IOS XE 2.6 has attained Cisco Unified Border Element -- or CUBE -- Enterprise class session border controller features for interconnecting independent VoIP and video over IP enterprise networks. It, too, has Smart Call Home, performance routing for application-specific treatment, and VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware IPSec and firewall capabilities.
Cisco also rolled out EnergyWise Orchestrator, which extends power management to PCs and laptops in addition to PoE devices. Cisco also released tools enabling third-party developers to implement EnergyWise support in their products.
Lastly, Cisco launched a suite of professional services to help customers implement the Borderless Networks architecture. They include: Cisco Network Architecture Discovery; Assessment; and Planning and Design Services; TrustSec Readiness and Deployment Service; Cisco Services for Energy Management; and Cisco Medianet Readiness Service.
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