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Choose the Right Enterprise Campus and Branch Switch

January 23 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco & Cisco Network

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Check the Cisco Switch Family to find the right one for your needs.

Lead SwitchIt is the best-in-class switch that has high-end differentiated set of features in a given category. This switch has the most differentiation compared to competitors in that category.

Base SwitchIt is the entry level switch in the given category. Also called the foundation switch, it has a lower price and limited feature set, but still better than competitors.

Cisco Catalyst Switch Portfolio

Functionality Based: Campus Access Switches

Functionality

Switch

Wired & Wireless (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E

Wired & Wireless (Stackable)

Lead: Catalyst 3850 (Up to 50 APs, 2000 Clients)

Base: Catalyst 3650 (Up to 25 APs, 1000 Clients)

Gigabit Ethernet (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E

Base: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 7L-E

Gigabit Ethernet (Stackable)

Lead: Catalyst 3850

Base: Catalyst 3650, Catalyst 2960-X/XR

Gigabit Ethernet (Instant Access)

Lead: Catalyst 6800ia

Gigabit Ethernet (Cloud Managed)

Lead: Meraki MS Series

Fast Ethernet (Stackable)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-SF

Fast Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-SF

Base: Catalyst 2960-Plus

8/12 port Gigabit Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 3560-C

8/12 port Fast Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-C

 

Functionality Based: Branch Access Switches

Functionality

Positioning

Wired & Wireless (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E

Wired & Wireless (Stackable) (Converged Access is the Recommended Deployment Mode)

Lead: Catalyst 3850 (Up to 50 APs, 2000 Clients) Base: Catalyst 3650 (Up to 25 APs, 1000 Clients)

Gigabit Ethernet (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E Base: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 7L-E

Gigabit Ethernet (Stackable)

Lead: Catalyst 3850

Base: Catalyst 3650, Catalyst 2960-X/XR

Gigabit Ethernet (Cloud Managed)

Lead: Meraki MS Series

Fast Ethernet (Stackable)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-SF

Fast Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-SF

Base: Catalyst 2960-Plus

8 port Gigabit Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 3560-C

8/12 port Fast Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 2960-C

 

Functionality Based: Campus Backbone Switches

Functionality

Positioning

1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 6807-XL

Base: Catalyst 6500-E with Supervisor Engine 2T

1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 6880-X (semi-modular) Base: Catalyst 4500-X

1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (Modular)

Lead: Catalyst 6500-E with Supervisor Engine 2T

Base: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E

1 Gigabit Ethernet (Standalone)

Lead: Catalyst 4500-X

Base: Catalyst 3850 Fiber

 

Campus Access Switches Upgrade Path

From Existing Switch

To New Switch

Catalyst 2900XL, 2948-G, Any 2950, 2970, Any non-X 2960

Lead: Catalyst 3650

Base: Catalyst 2960-X/XR

Catalyst 3500XL, Any 3550, Any 3560, Any 3750

Lead: Catalyst 3850

Base: Catalyst 3650

Catalyst 4500 non-E Any Catalyst 4500 without Supervisor Engine 8-E or 7L-E

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E Base: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 7L-E

Any Catalyst 6500 non-E or E in Access

Lead: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8-E Base: Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 7L-E, Catalyst Instant Access

 

Campus Backbone Switches Upgrade Path

 

THE COMPLETE FAMILY

Campus and Branch Access Switches

Enterprise Campus Switch Family

Positioning

Catalyst 2960-CX & 3560-CX

Lead: Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Multigigabit Ethernet (mGig) managed switches are ideal for high-speed data connectivity, Wi-Fi backhaul, and Power over Ethernet (PoE+) connectivity in places where space is at a premium.

Catalyst 2960-Plus

Base: standalone access switch for Fast Ethernet

Catalyst 2960-SF

Lead: standalone/stackable access switch for Fast Ethernet with PoE+ (Compared to 2960-Plus, Offers Stacking, PoE+)

Meraki MS Series

Cloud managed virtually stackable access switch for Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+

Catalyst 2960-X/XR

Base: stackable access switch for Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+

Catalyst 3650

Base: stackable access switch for wired-wireless convergence and Fast / Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+

Catalyst 3850

Lead: stackable access switch for wired-wireless convergence with UPOE/PoE+ (Compared to 3650, Offers 3x stacking bandwidth - 480G and 2x AP’s - 50, Modular uplinks and StackPower)

Lead: stackable access switch for Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+ (Compared to 2960-X, Offers Medianet, Enhanced Security, Application Visibility & Control, Resiliency, 6x stacking bandwidth (480G)0

Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 7L-E

Base: modular access switch for Fast/Gigabit Ethernet with UPOE/PoE+

Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor Engine 8E

Lead: modular access switch for wired-wireless convergence and Fast/Gigabit Ethernet with UPOE/PoE+ (Compared to Sup 7L-E, Offers Built-in wireless controller, 1.7x switching capacity (928G), 2x uplinks (8x10G))

Base: modular backbone switch for 1/10G

 

Campus Backbone Switches

Enterprise Campus Switch Family

Positioning

Catalyst 6800ia

Lead: stackable access switch for Catalyst 6800/6500 with Catalyst Instant Access (Simplification of access with centralized configuration, management and operations using Catalyst 6K backbone switch)

Catalyst 3750-X Fiber

Base: stackable backbone switch for 1G

Catalyst 4500-X

Lead: standalone backbone switch for 1G (Compared to 3750-X Fiber, Offers VSS, 2x ports (40x1G), 2x uplinks (8))

Base: standalone backbone switch for 1/10/40G (up to 40x10G ports)

Catalyst 6500-E with Supervisor Engine 2T

Lead: modular backbone switch for 1/10G (MPLS, EVN, Service Modules)

Base: modular backbone switch for 1/10/40/100G

Catalyst 6807-XL

Lead: modular backbone switch for 1/10/40/100G (up to 880G/slot, 11.4 Tbps switching, All 6500 features, service modules)

Catalyst 6880-X

Lead: standalone backbone switch for 1/10/40G (with up to 80x10G or 20x40G ports)

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/global/es_mx/partners/sell/switchit/pdfs/47492_switching_poster_april_3.pdf

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When is the Best Time to Choose Buy Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series?

January 16 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco IP Phones, #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network

When is the Best Time to Choose Buy Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series? If your business is considering migration to the cloud, you’ll enjoy the investment protection and flexible deployment options available with the 7800 Series.

All models support deployment options including on-premises, Cisco Spark for cloud delivery, and hybrid configurations, and are planned for testing on select hosted third-party call control platforms.

The Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series phones are not only budget-friendly endpoints, but they can also help you save on operating costs.

They are Power over Ethernet (PoE) Class 1 rated, helping you optimize port availability in your wiring closets when deployed. In addition, the Cisco EnergyWise Power Save Plus option on the 7821, 7841, and 7861 models reduces power consumption by up to 60 percent in off-work hours.

Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series Overview

The Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series includes the following four models: Cisco IP Phone 7811, 7821, 7841, and 7861.

• Cisco IP Phone 7811: A single-line endpoint designed for common areas and knowledge workers with occasional to light voice communications needs. It comes with a 3.28-inch (83-mm), high-resolution monochrome display and a speakerphone. It also has an IEEE 10/100 integrated switch to support a local PC. Wideband audio is available via purchase of an optional wideband handset. Cisco IP Phone 7811 supporting one line (available in charcoal only)

• Cisco IP Phone 7821: Building on the 7811, the 7821 is a two-line endpoint for knowledge workers and managers, on-premises or remote, who have light to moderate voice communications needs. Contact center agents that support small call-queue environments could also have interest. It comes with two dedicated programmable line and feature keys, a 3.5-inch (89-mm) backlit display, and support for third-party headsets. Wideband audio comes standard on the handset, headset, and speakerphone. Cisco IP Phone 7821 supporting two lines (available in charcoal and white)

• Cisco IP Phone 7841: Adding to the features of the 7821, the 7841 is a four-line endpoint for knowledge workers, administrative staff and managers, and contact center agents and supervisors, whether onpremises or remote, with moderate to active voice communications needs. It comes with four dedicated programmable line and feature keys. The 7841 includes an IEEE 10/100/1000 integrated switch to support a co-located PC. Cisco IP Phone 7841 supporting four lines (available in charcoal and white)

• Cisco IP Phone 7861: A 16-line endpoint with programmable line and feature keys for administrative staff, managers, contact center agents and supervisors who require active voice communications support. It comes with a paper label insert that you can locally print to customize its line and feature key labels. The 7861 includes an IEEE 10/100 integrated switch. Cisco IP Phone 7861 supporting sixteen lines (available in charcoal and white)

1 Vendor platforms targeted for testing include Asterisk, Broadsoft, Gamma, Metaswitch, Ring Central, and 8x8. Additional platforms may be supported based on RFC compliance. Traditional telephony platforms from Avaya/Nortel, Siemens/Unify, NEC, Mitel, and ShoreTel are not planned for support. For further details on platform availability and timing, contact your Cisco or authorized partner representative.

More Features and Benefits of the Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series

Graphical display:

  • White backlit, greyscale, 3.5” 396×162 pixel-based display on the IP Phone 7821, 7841 and 7861.
  • Non-backlit, greyscale, 3.28” 384×106 pixel-based display on the IP Phone 7811.
  • Provide scrollable access to calling features and text-based XML applications.

Handset:

  1. The handset is a standard wideband-capable audio handset (connects through an RJ-9 port) for the IP Phone 7821, 7841 and 7861.
  2. The default handset is a standard narrowband-capable audio handset (connects through an RJ-9 port) for the IP Phone 7811, and wideband on handset is available with purchase of additional wideband handset.
  3. The handset is hearing aid-compatible (HAC) and meets Federal Communications Commission (FCC) loudness requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You can achieve Section 508 loudness requirements by using industry-standard inline handset amplifiers such as Walker Equipment W-10 or CE-100 amplifiers. The dial pad is also ADA-compliant.
  4. The narrowband handset (for the IP Phone 7811) produces a magnetic field that attracts small metallic objects such as pins and staples. To avoid possible injuries do not keep small metallic objects close to the handset.

Headset: The analog headset jack is a standard wideband-capable RJ-9 audio port for the IP Phone 7821, 7841, and 7861.

Backlit Indicator:

  • The phone supports backlit indicators for the audio path keys (handset, headset and speakerphone), select key, line keys, and message waiting.
  • Headset key is not available on the IP Phone 7811.

Volume control

● A volume-control toggle provides easy decibel-level adjustments of the handset, monitor speaker, and ringer.

Full duplex speakerphone

● Full-duplex speakerphone allows gives you flexibility in placing and receiving calls. For added security, the audible dual tone multifrequency (DTMF) tones are masked when the speakerphone mode is used.

Bezel:

  1. The IP Phone 7821, 7841 and 7861 include a default black bezel (replaceable), and an optional silver bezel is also available separately.
  2. The IP Phone 7811 is available with a black bezel.

Dual-position foot stand

  1. The display is easy to view and the buttons and keys are easy to use. The two-position foot stand supports viewing angles of 30 degrees and 45 degrees; you can remove the foot stand for wall mounting, with mounting holes located on the base of the phone. (IP Phone 7821, 7841 and 7861)
  2. Only 1 foot-stand position (45 degrees) is supported on the IP Phone 7811.

Wall-mountable

● The phone can be installed on a wall using optional wall-mount kit (available separately).

Electronic hook switch

● The hookswitch can be controlled electronically with a third party headset connected to the auxiliary port for the IP Phone 7821, 7841, and 7861.

 

Power Features

IEEE PoE class 1

● The phone supports IEEE 802.3af PoE (Class 1); power consumption does not exceed 3.84 watts.

Cisco power cube 3

● This power cube is used as a standard Cisco IP Phone Power Supply for non-PoE deployments.

Cisco power injector

● The IP Phone 7811, 7821 and 7861 are compatible with Cisco Unified IP Phone Power Injector (CP-PWR-INJ), and 7841 is compatible with Cisco Aironet Power Injector (AIR-PWRINJ5=).

Call-Control Support

Cisco Unified Communications Manager

● 8.5.1

● 8.6.2

● 9.1.2

● 10.x and later

Cisco Business Edition 6000

● 8.6.2

● 9.1.2

● 10.x and later

Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution

● 8.6.2 and later (using supported UCM versions above)

Cisco Unified Survivable Remote Site Telephony

● 8.x and later

Licensing: The Cisco IP Phone 7811 and 7821 require a Basic User Connect License (UCL) in order to connect to Cisco Unified Communications Manager. The Cisco IP Phone 7841 and 7861 require an Enhanced User Connect License (UCL) in order to connect to Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

The Main IP Phone 7800 Series Models

More ordering info you can check here: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/collaboration-endpoints/unified-ip-phone-7800-series/data-sheet-c78-729488.html

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Deploying Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services in the Data Center

January 3 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Technology - IT News

The Data Center is a one of popular words in network communication. And it can be definited as a very complex world.

The Data Center not only provides a rich set of services and architectures but also hosts the crown jewels of an organization. It is extremely important to maintain visibility of everything that is happening in the data center.

The concept of “north-to-south” and “east-to-west” is often used in describing the types of communication (or flow) within and to the outside of the data center:

  • North-to-south describes communication between end users and external entities.
  • East-to-west describes communication between entities in the data center.

The following Figure illustrates the concepts of north-to-south and east-to-west communication.

 

The data center has many different high-throughput and low-latency requirements, in addition to increased high-availability requirements. In addition, automated provisioning and control with orchestration, monitoring, and management tools are crucial.

The data center architecture consists of three primary modular layers with hierarchical interdependencies:

  • Data center foundation: This is the primary building block of the data center, on which all other services rely. Regardless of the size of the data center, the foundation must be resilient, scalable, and flexible to support data center services that add value, performance, and reliability. The data center foundation provides the computing necessary to support the applications that process information and the seamless transport between servers, storage, and the end users who access the applications.
  • Data center services: These services include infrastructure components to enhance the security of the applications and access to critical data. They also include virtual switching services to extend the network control in a seamless manner from the foundation network into the hypervisor systems on servers to increase control and reduce operational costs (as well as other application resilience services).
  • User services: These services include email, order processing, and file sharing or any other applications in the data center that rely on the data center foundation and services, like database applications, modeling, and transaction processing.

The Figure below illustrates some of the components of the data center services architecture.

 

Examples of the data center service insertion components include the following:

  • Firewalls (In the example illustrated in the Figure above, Cisco ASAs with FirePOWER modules are deployed.)
  • Intrusion prevention systems (IPS)
  • Application delivery features
  • Server load balancing
  • Network analysis tools (such as NetFlow)
  • Virtualized services deployed in a distributed manner along with virtual machines
  • Traffic direction with vPath and Nexus 1000v
  • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) automated framework components for service insertion

In the case of virtualized environments, the Cisco ASAv (virtual machine) can be deployed to protect VM-to-VM communication. The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module in these environments is not supported, as the Cisco ASAv is just a virtual machine. Cisco FirePOWER virtual machines running network AMP can be deployed in those scenarios.

NOTE: The Cisco ASAv supports both traditional tiered data center deployments and the fabric-based deployments of Cisco ACI environments. The Cisco ASAv can also be deployed in cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The Cisco ASA with FirePOWER modules can be deployed in geographically dispersed cluster environments.

The following Figure shows an example in which four Cisco ASAs with FirePOWER modules are deployed in two separate sites (site A and site B).

 

In the example illustrated in the Figure above, the cluster of four Cisco ASAs is fully extended between the two data centers, using the cluster control links (CCL) operating at Layer 2 with a latency of less than 10 milliseconds. A single spanned EtherChannel for transient data is used on the cluster side. The local data links are also configured with EtherChannels at the switch pairs on each site.

TIP: The data VLANs between the switches are not extended to prevent network loops.

The Article from http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=2730336&seqNum=12

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