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HPE Hard Drive & HPE Memory Selector

March 27 2019 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Switches,, #Cisco Routers, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #IT, #HPE Servers, #Networking

If you want to find a network product, such as Cisco router, Catalyst Switches, HPE Servers, HPE Hard Drive, HPE Memory, Cisco router or switch for SMBs, etc. you can try these tools and selectors that help you find the right network product.

 

The following tools that help you easily find and check the Price of HPE Hard Drive, HPE Memory for HPE Server Gen9/Gen10:

HPE Hard Drive Selector, HPE Memory Selector

 

Tools that:

Check the latest Cisco Global Price List 2019/2018, Cisco/HPE/Huawei Price Checking Tool

 

Do you want A Full Directory of Featured Cisco/Huawei/HPE Products, SMB Network Options.

 

>>Get a Quote!

 

Resources you may need: Cisco/HPE/Huawei Data Sheet Directory & Download, Cisco EOL & EOS Products, Cisco/HPE/Huawei/Fortinet Inventory Index.

 

Read More: Tools, Selectors & Resources help you find the right network product, guide and resource to fit your needs and interests. And help you check the latest prices of Cisco / HPE / Huawei / Dell

 

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Migrate to the New Cisco Catalyst 9000

January 17 2019 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Networking, #Cisco Switches,

Top three reasons to upgrade to Catalyst 9000 family:

Secure

With access to Cisco’s best in class security portfolio anchored by Talos, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, Trustworthy Solutions, MACsec encryption and segmentation, the product family provides advanced security features that protects the integrity of the hardware as well as the software and all data that flows through the switch and the network.

Always On

The Catalyst 9000 family provides enterpriselevel resiliency to keep your business up and running seamlessly. Opttions like FRU power supplies and fans, modular uplinks, modular patching, perpetual PoE, and the industry’s highest MTBF.

Catalyst 9800 wireless controllers can be deployed as redundant or cloud-based options for additional wireless control redundancy.

IT Simplicity

Combine the application visibility of full flexible NetFlow with telemetry and the open APIs of Cisco IOS XE and on switches, the UADP ASIC programmability, and Catalyst 9000 portfolio gives you the best experience provisioning and managing your network now with investment protection on future innovations.

Migrate to the New Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series

Existing Cisco Catalyst Switches & WLC

New Cisco Catalyst 9000 family member

Catalyst 2960-X/2960-XR

Catalyst 9200 (simple branch fixed, stackable, access)

Catalyst 3850 copper, 3650, 3750-X, 3560-X

Catalyst 9300 (lead fixed, stackable, access)

Catalyst 4500-E, Catalyst 6500

Catalyst 9400 (lead modular access/core)

Catalyst 4500X, 3850 Fiber, Catalyst 6840X, 6880X

Catalyst 9500 (lead fixed core)

Cisco 8540 wireless controller

Catalyst 9800-80 wireless controller

Cisco 8520 wireless controller

Catalyst 9800-40 wireless controller

Cisco Virtual wireless controller

Catalyst 9800-CL virtual wireless controller

Learn More:

Why Migrate to the Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches?

Why Migrate to Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches?

Why Migrate to the Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches?

Why Migrate to Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches?

Migration Guide: Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series to New 9200 Series

Cisco Catalyst 9000 is the best solution for a new era of intent-based networking.

  1. The Cisco® Catalyst® 9000 family of switches is the next generation of enterprise-class switches built for security, Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and multicloud.
  2. These switches form the foundational building block for Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), the company’s lead enterprise architecture. Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches are based on x86 CPU and the latest Cisco Unified Access™ Data Plane (UADP) ASIC, which support full programmability and serviceability as well as convergence between wired and wireless over a single platform. The switches provide superior high availability and unmatched security features for the next-generation enterprise network designs. Wired and wireless security and application visibility are natively built into the switches.
  3. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 switching family also supports full IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), and Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE®). These switches enhance productivity by enabling applications such as IP telephony, wireless, IoT, and video for a true borderless network experience.
  4. These switches also provide segmentation options with new, innovative Cisco Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)- and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)-based segmentation called campus fabric- and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)- based segmentation. They also support all the foundational high-availability capabilities such as patching, Graceful Insertion and Removal (GIR), Non-Stop Forwarding/Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO), redundant platinum-rated power supplies, and fans.

Additionally, all Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches:

• Deliver IoT convergence with industry-leading scale and capabilities such as service discovery and “Thing” classification

• Are based on the the latest UADP Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) technology with programmable pipeline and tables that help ensure platform longevity

• Run a modern operating system, open Cisco IOS® XE Software, that supports model-driven programmability, streaming telemetry, and patching

• Use X86-based multicore CPUs and local Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage for third-party container-based application hosting

• Provide unprecedented application visibility and control with Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR) Version2.

More info from https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-9000/nb-09-cat-9k-aag-cte-en.pdf

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How to Find Your Right New Catalyst 9000 Switches?

Transition Guide

[PDF] Guide to Upgrade Cisco Access and Backbone Switch

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[PDF] Migrating from Catalyst 3850, Catalyst 4500E/4500X, Catalyst 6800 to Catalyst 9000

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Cisco’s New Nexus 400G Switches, More Bandwidth…

December 21 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Data Center, #IT, #Networking, #Cisco Technology - IT News

Data center customers are facing 2 big challenges today.

  1. How can they support data-hungry apps like streaming video, or apps that use artificial intelligence and machine learning?
  2. And how can they keep growing their networks, without having to replace them every time? 

Now Cisco announces the new 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400G) switches that will give customers an edge to meet the need for bandwidth and scale.

The new 400G switches allow customers to create more powerful networks, more cost-effectively and in a fraction of the space.

They provide four times the bandwidth and four times the scale of existing switches without using four times the power.

And since the new switches are built on Cisco’s leading Nexus portfolio, customers can choose to deploy 400G in the way that best meets their needs.

They can be used on their own or in combination with Cisco’s leading security, automation, visibility and analytics software.

Cisco rolled out four models, two each in the Nexus 3400 and Nexus 9000 lines.

These next-generation 400G (Gigabit Ethernet) switches have four times more throughput than the networking giant’s current 100G offerings.

The two webscale 4300 switches are both built round the same single-chip 12.8Tbps ASIC, with a claim of 470ns latency. The 3432D-S packs 32 400Gbps ports into one rack unit (RU), while the 3408-S takes up four rack units to give a more flexible package to mix and match with lower speed ports.

The enterprise switches are slower, with a 6.4Tbps fabric and, as with the webscale products, there are two models: the Nexus 93600CD-GX, 1RU switch with 16 400Gbps ports, and the 9315D-GX, also a 1RU switch, but with 32 ports to allow lower capacity links to be included.

The Cisco Nexus 9316D 400GbE switch

The Cisco Nexus 93600CD 400GbE switch

 

  1. Cisco’s two new Nexus 3400-S switches for hyperscale companies will be available for customer evaluations in December.
  2. The two new Nexus 9300-GX switches for large enterprises and service providers will be available for customer evaluations during the first quarter of 2019.

Info from https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/news/cisco-joins-march-400gbe-data-center-switches/

More Data Sheets of New Nexus 400G Switches:

 

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Migration from 40Gb to 100Gb

October 9 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #IT, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Transceiver Modules

The popular QSFP+ 40Gb bi-directional (BiDi) transceiver enabled data center operators to upgrade from 10Gb to 40Gb without the need to replace fiber cable infrastructure.

The next generation dual-rate BiDi, which has both 40Gb and 100Gb operational modes, offers the same benefits and more.

The Cisco QSFP 40/100 Gb dual-rate BiDi transceiver can function as a 40Gb BiDi, matching its reach of 100m and 150m over OM3 and OM4 multi-mode fiber, respectively.

In 100Gb mode, the dual-rate BiDi’s reach is 70m and 100m on OM3 and OM4, respectively. In both modes, the BiDi reach matches its SR4 counterpart.

As a single transceiver with these two modes of operation, the Cisco dual-rate BiDi enables data center operators to re-use their existing duplex LC-connectorized MMF infrastructure for migration from 10 Gb to either 40 Gb or 100 Gb Ethernet connectivity, or migration from 40Gb to 100Gb. Figure2 shows the 100G BiDi Transceivers deployed in a leaf-spine logical architecture.

Features

• 40Gb and 100Gb dual-rate capability

• Backward compatibility with 40Gb QSFP+ BiDi

• QSFP28 form factor

• Operates over duplex LC-connectorized MMF fiber infrastructure, same as 10Gb SR and 40Gb BiDi

• Onboard forward error correction

• PAM4 optical modulation

• Bi-directional optical technology

• Enables incremental upgrade to 100Gb from 10Gb SR or 40Gb BiDi

Backward compatible with Cisco’s 40Gb BiDi technology

Only Cisco offers backward compatibility with native 40Gb BiDi transceivers in a QSFP28 form factor. Like the native 40Gb BiDi, the dual-rate 40/100 Gb BiDi transmits bi-directionally on both fibers, using nominal wavelengths of 850nm and 910nm and passive wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) filters at either end to isolate Tx and Rx channels. In 40Gb mode, it transmits and receives 20Gb NRZ channels on each fiber, for a total aggregate bandwidth of 40Gb.

In 100Gb mode, it operates 50Gb PAM4 channels, for a total aggregate bandwidth of 100Gb. PAM4 technology enables 50Gb data rate with signaling at 25Gbaud rates. The 40/100G BiDi contains a gearbox to translate the signal from a 4x25G format, native to the QSFP28 form factor, to the 2x50Gb format for the optical domain. It also employs onboard forward-error-correction (FEC) to reduce bit error rate. This makes it possible to use current generation transmitter and receiver technology.

The dual-rate 40/100 Gb BiDi offers multiple migration options to Cisco customers who are currently operating either 10Gb or 40Gb links in their data center architectures. By upgrading network equipment one end at a time, operators can exercise flexibility in schedules and budgets. Figure 3 shows combinations of port and BiDi transceiver types.

Figure1. 40/100G QSFP BiDi transceiver module

Figure2. Example of 40/100G QSFP BiDi in a leaf-spine architecture with Cisco Nexus 9k switches

 

Figure3. Interoperability with 40G BiDi enables incremental upgrade of network gear.

More info from https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/interfaces-modules/transceiver-modules/at-a-glance-c45-740242.pdf

 

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Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Transition Guide

September 28 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #IT, #Cisco Technology - IT News

What is the relative positioning among the Cisco Catalyst 9400 and 9500?

  • The Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series switches are the next generation of enterprise-class modular access switches that are part of the new Cisco Catalyst 9000 Family.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series switches are the next generation of enterprise-class core and aggregation layer switches that are part of the new Cisco Catalyst 9000 Family.

Platform Positioning-Cat9400 and 9500

 

Which one will replace the legacy 4500 models (EOL & EOS)? There is a Catalyst 4500 Series Transition Guide helping you find the current models of Chassis, Supervisor Engine and Line Card for Catalyst 4500 Series.

Chassis for the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series

Legacy Models

Current Models

WS-C4503*1

WS-C4503-E / C9407R

WS-C4506*1

WS-C4506-E / C9407R

WS-C4507R-E*2

 WS-C4507R+E / C9407R

WS-C4510R-E*2

WS-C4510R+E / C9410R

 

Supervisor Engine for the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series

Legacy Models

Current Models

WS-X4516-10GE*3

WS-X45-SUP8L-E

WS-X45-SUP8-E / WS-X45-SUP9-E

WS-X45-SUP6L-E*4

WS-X45-SUP8L-E

WS-X45-SUP6-E*5

WS-X45-SUP8-E / WS-X45-SUP9-E

 

Line Card for the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series

Legacy Models

Current Models

WS-X4148-RJ*6

WS-X4748-RJ45-E

WS-X4248-RJ45V*7

WS-X4748-RJ45V+E

WS-X4748-UPOE+E

WS-X4748-12X48U+E

WS-X4306-GB*8

WS-X4712-SFP-E

WS-X4724-SFP-E

WS-X4748-SFP-E

WS-X4418-GB*9

WS-X4506-GB-T*9

WS-X4748-RJ45V+E

WS-X4748-UPOE+E

WS-X4712-SFP-E

WS-X4724-SFP-E

WS-X4748-SFP-E

WS-X4548-GB-RJ45*3

WS-X4748-RJ45-E

WS-X4524-GB-RJ45V*10

 WS-X4748-RJ45V+E

WS-X4748-UPOE+E

WS-X4748-12X48U+E

WS-X4548-GB-RJ45V*3

WS-X4548-RJ45V+*11

WS-X4748-RJ45V+E

WS-X4748-UPOE+E

WS-X4748-12X48U+E

WS-X4648-RJ45-E*12

WS-X4748-RJ45-E

WS-X4548-RJ45V+*11

WS-X4748-RJ45V+E

WS-X4748-UPOE+E

WS-X4748-12X48U+E

WS-X4648-RJ45V+E*12

WS-X4612-SFP-E*12

WS-X4712-SFP-E

WS-X4724-SFP-E

WS-X4748-SFP-E

WS-X4624-SFP-E*12

WS-X4712-SFP-E

WS-X4724-SFP-E

WS-X4748-SFP-E

The Latest Migration Guide:

Mapping between Catalyst 3850, Catalyst 4500E/4500X, Catalyst 6800 and Catalyst 9000

 

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Cisco 3800 AP and Multigigabit Ethernet (mGig)

August 30 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #IT, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

Multigigabit Ethernet (mGig), N-BASET and 802.11bz are all methods by which faster speeds can be realized (faster than 1G) using existing infrastructure wiring such as CAT-5e. The goal is to deliver up to 5 times the speed in the Enterprise without replacing existing cable structure.

Note: Although the AP 2800 does not directly support mGig, these are ideal switches for providing the power required by the AP 2800 as well.


Here are the recommended mGig switches and PoE solutions for the AP 3800.

Figure1. Cisco line of mGig capable switches

Ideally a switch supporting IEEE 802.3bz (mGig, which is also referred to as N-BASET) will deliver the fastest Ethernet using older cable systems such as CAT-5 and deliver +30W for newer PoE devices.

Figure2. Cisco Multigigabit enables speeds over 1G on conventional CAT5e cable systems

In regards to cabling structure and Cisco Multigigabit Ethernet:

  1. Data rates up to 1G requires 62.5–MHz bandwidth (Cat 5e is 100 MHz)
  2. Data rates up to 2.5G requires 100MHz bandwidth (Cat 5e is 100 MHz)
  3. Data rates up to 5G requires 200MHz bandwidth, which is more than the specified Cat 5e 100MHz bandwidth, but within the Cat 6 cable

The main point is that 5G operations over Cat 5e may have issues using certain cable configurations due to the fact we are using Cat 5e cable beyond the specification.

Figure3. Cisco Multigigabit cable support at rates up to 5G

 *Watch for cross-talk issues in bundles or when cables are in same pipe. Keep lengths of CAT-5e between 30-50m or below when using dense cable bundles; for example, cables in a dense area like a pipe or places where five or more cables are tied in a bundle.

Figure4. Cisco Multigigabit distance limitations
 

 

Figure5. Cisco Multigigabit distance limitations

Info from https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/technotes/8-3/b_cisco_aironet_series_2800_3800_access_point_deployment_guide/b_cisco_aironet_series_2800_3800_access_point_deployment_guide_chapter_0101.html

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Comparison of FlexStack, FlexStack-Plus, and FlexStack-Extended

June 27 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco Modules - Cisco Cables - Cisco Memory, #Technology

Cisco 2960-X Series support FlexStack-Plus and FlexStack-Extended technologies. What are these two stacking solutions that are supported by Catalyst 2960-X Series? And what are differences between them? The following part will list the main features and differences of FlexStack, FlexStack-Plus, and FlexStack-Extended.

Cisco FlexStack-Plus is a hot-swappable, modular stacking solution that provides a true stacking capability, with all switches acting as a single switching unit with a unified data plane, using a single IP address. Cisco FlexStack-Plus is supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series and allows the stacking of up to eight switches, with a throughput of 80 gigabits per second.

Cisco FlexStack-Extended enables long-distance out-of-the-wiring-closet stacking. FlexStack-Extended allows back-panel stacking of up to eight Cisco Catalyst 2960-X or 2960-XR Series Switches. FlexStack-Extended can be added to the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X or 2960-XR Series with a back stacking slot. 

FlexStack-Extended is available in two module configurations: Fiber module (C2960X-FIBER-STK) and Hybrid module (C2960X-HYBRID-STK).

And the FlexStack-Plus and FlexStack-Extended technologies are similar to FlexStack technology with the differences listed in the Table below.

Table. Comparison of FlexStack, FlexStack-Plus, and FlexStack-Extended

Platform

Members

Bandwidth

Convergence

FlexStack

4

40 Gbps

1–2 sec

FlexStack-Plus

8

80 Gbps

100 msec

FlexStack-Extended

8

40 Gbps

100 msec

STACKING Comparison of Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches

Feature

2960-XR

2960-X

2960-S

2960

CPU

Dual core at 600 MHz

Dual core at 600 MHz

Single core

Single core

Stacking

FlexStack-Plus, FlexStack-Extended

FlexStack-Plus, FlexStack-Extended

FlexStack

No

Stack bandwidth

80 Gbps (FlexStack-Plus); 40 Gbps (FlexStack-Extended)

80 Gbps (FlexStack-Plus); 40 Gbps (FlexStack-Extended)

40 Gbps

Stack members

8

8

4

More Q and A tell you about FlexStack combinations, Possible mixed-stack combinations

Q. What are the FlexStack-Plus high-availability features?

A. The following features enhance high availability and manageability across a stack:

●   Cross-stack EtherChannel

●   SPAN

●   FlexLink technology

●   Hitless voice calls

Q. What is the difference between the Hybrid (C2960X-HYBRID-STK) and Fiber (C2960X-FIBER-STK) modules of FlexStack-Extended?

A. The Hybrid module has one copper port that enables short-reach connectivity across a local stack of switches and one SFP+ port for long-range connectivity. The Hybrid module provides investment protection and compatibility with FlexStack-Plus.

The Fiber module has two SFP+ ports supporting long-reach out-of-the-wiring-closet stacking.

Q. What optics are supported on the FlexStack-Extended modules?

A. For information about supported SFP+ modules, refer to the transceiver compatibility matrix at cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.

Q. Which cables are supported with the copper port of the Hybrid module (C2960X-HYBRID-STK) in Cisco FlexStack-Extended?

A. CAB-STK-E-0.5M stacking cable with a 0.5 m length .

CAB-STK-E-1M stacking cable with a 1.0 m length .

CAB-STK-E-3M stacking cable with a 3.0 m length.

Q. What is the minimum Cisco IOS Software version required for FlexStack-Extended?

A. FlexStack-Extended is supported from version 15.2(6)E onward.

Q. What are the stackable models of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. The LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models are stackable models in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. The LAN Lite feature set model is a standalone model. 

Note: The fanless SKU (WS-C2960X-24PSQ-L with Lan Base) does not support stacking.

Q. Can LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models stack together in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. No, LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models cannot be stacked together. LAN Base feature set models can stack with LAN Base feature set models only. Similarly, IP Lite feature set models can stack with IP Lite feature set models only.

Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switches?

A. No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches can’t stack together since they don’t share common feature set model.

Q. Is FlexStack-Plus stacking backward compatible with FlexStack?

A. Yes. Unlike competing products, the FlexStack-Plus stacking is backward compatible with FlexStack to preserve customer investment. This allows mixed stacking of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and Cisco Catalyst 2960-SF LAN Base series with 2960-X LAN Base series for investment protection.

Q. Is FlexStack-Extended supported with FlexStack-Plus?

A. Only the Hybrid module (C2960X-HYBRID-STK) can connect to the FlexStack-Plus module using the copper port.

Q. Is FlexStack-Extended supported with FlexStack?

A. No, FlexStack-Extended is not supported with FlexStack.

Q. What is a mixed stack?

A. The stack is called a mixed stack if it has both the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch and Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches. The mixed stack features are limited to Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series features. (See Table1.)

Table1. FlexStack combinations

Stack combination

Max stack bandwidth

Stack limit

Cisco IOS license

2960-XR

80G

8

IP Lite

2960-X

80G

8

LAN Base

2960-S/SF

40G

4

LAN Base

Mixed stack: 2960-X (C2960X-STACK) and 2960-S/SF (C2960S-STACK)

40G

4

LAN Base

Q. Does mixed stacking require any configuration on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?

A. Yes. The switch stack speed should be set to 40 using configure mode command “switch stack-speed 40” on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches to stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-S switches. While forming a homogenous stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X revert back the stack speed to 80 using “no switch stack-speed 40”.

Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series Switches stack together?

A. No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series Switches can’t be stacked together. Even though they belong to the same 2960-X Series, they do not share same Cisco IOS license models.

Q. What are the possible mixed-stack combinations?

A. The LAN Base models can only form mixed stacks. The possible mixed-stack combinations are listed in Table2.

Table2. Possible mixed-stack combinations

Mixed-stack combination

2960-XR

IP Lite

2960-X

LAN Base

2960-S/SF LAN Base

2960-XR IP Lite

Yes

No

No

2960-X LAN Base

No

Yes

Yes (C2960X-STACK only)

2960-S/SF LAN Base

No

Yes (C2960X-STACK only)

Yes

Q. Which SDM template should be selected on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series with LAN Base to form a mixed stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-S?

A. If Cisco Catalyst 2960-S is running the “default” SDM template, then Cisco Catalyst 2960-X must use the “default” template. If Cisco Catalyst 2960-S is running the “lanbase-routing” template, then Cisco Catalyst 2960-X must use the same.

Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-S be the stack master in a mixed stack of 2960-S and 2960-X switches?

A. Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-S can be stack master in a mixed stack.

Q. In a mixed stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and 2960-X, must all the switches be on the same Cisco IOS Software release?

A. Yes. All the switches in the stack, regardless of model, must be on the same Cisco IOS Software release. This includes the rebuild number. The minimum Cisco IOS Software release that will support both 2960-S and 2960-X is 15.0(2)EX.

Q. Can we use FlexStack stacking modules with Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. No. The form factors of FlexStack-Plus and FlexStack modules are different. The FlexStack stacking module cannot be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. Similarly, the FlexStack-Plus module cannot be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series.

Info from https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-2960-x-series-switches/qa_c67-728348.html

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Cisco ONE Software Device Tiering Guide-Part 1

May 24 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #IT, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Routers, #Data Center, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

We know that Cisco ONE Software suites have been introduced to provide a cost-effective and flexible way for customers to acquire software for their data center, WAN, switching, and wireless needs. Do you know how to choose the Cisco ONE Software License for your Cisco hardware? In the following part it shows you the Cisco ONE Software Device Tiering Guide that tells you more…

As described in the FAQ for Cisco ONE Software License Portability, the hardware product series and/or tier on which you have deployed your licenses determines your portability options. Licenses are portable within a product tier (for example, Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) to 2900 Series ISR).

Devices with greater capabilities are categorized in a higher tier because they gain more benefit from the capabilities in Cisco ONE Software. You can port your licenses to a higher tier, but an upgrade fee may be involved.

Table1 describes the different equipment refresh scenarios. Subsequent tables describe the tiers for each family of hardware.

Table1. License portability use cases

Use Case

Policy

Cost

Refresh a device with a device in the same tier.

Example: Cisco 2901 ISR to 2911 ISR

If a Cisco Software Support Services (SWSS) contract is in place, the software can be used on the new device.

None.

Refresh a device with a device in a higher tier.

Example: Cisco 2901 ISR to 3925 ISR

You must pay a software upgrade fee to use the software from the original device on the replacement device.

 

You must purchase an upgraded Cisco SWSS contract for the new software. You receive a credit for the old support contract.

The cost is the license cost on the new device minus the license cost on the old device, at current list prices, subject to customer-negotiated discounts.

 

You also need to consider the cost of the upgraded Cisco SWSS contract.

Refresh a device with a device in a lower tier.

Example: Cisco 3925 ISR to 2901 ISR

You are entitled to use the software deployed on your original device on a lower tier replacement device. You retain license portability rights associated with the original device family, so you can subsequently refresh the device back to the original device family.

 

You can opt to downgrade the license permanently to the lower tier device family, which would allow you to renew your Cisco SWSS contract at a lower price. In that case, the license entitlement is set permanently to the lower-tier family.

None. The support contract remains with the original device family.

 

 

 

If you permanently downgrade, you may renew your Cisco SWSS contract at a lower price.

Refresh a device with a next‑generation device.

Example: Cisco 3925 ISR to 4000 Series ISR

In this case, the transfer depends on whether the next-generation Cisco 4000 Series ISR is considered the same tier as the existing device, or a higher or lower tier. Depending on the tier, the policies outlined above apply.

 

In all cases, you must migrate your software licenses to a next-generation device before your older device reaches end of support. At this stage, your Cisco SWSS contact will have expired and you will not meet the portability criteria.

The tier of the next-generation device determines the cost. Depending on the tier, the policies outlined above apply.

 

Table2. Cisco routers and license portability tiers

Portability Tiers

Current Gen

Next Gen

Cisco Integrated Services Routers

Tier 1

ISR 8xx series

 

ISR 819, 860, 880, and 890

 

Tier 2

Cisco ISR 19xx Series

 

ISR 1921

ISR 4221

ISR 1941

ISR 4321

Tier 3 

Cisco ISR 29xx Series

 

ISR 2901

ISR 4331

ISR 2911

ISR4351

ISR 2921

 

ISR 2951

 

Tier 4

Cisco ISR 39xx Series

 

ISR 3925

ISR4431

ISR 3945

ISR4451

ISR 3925E

 

ISR 3945E

 

Cisco Aggregation Services Routers

Tier 5

Cisco ASR 10xx Series

 

ASR 1001-X/HX

 

ASR 1002-X/HX

 

ASR 1004

 

ASR 1006, ASR 1006X

 

ASR 1009X

 

ASR 1013

 

* ASR 9K will have separate tiers specific to that platform (to be updated very soon)

In the next article we will continue to share the guidance on which Cisco switches, data center switches, wireless products belong to which tiers for the purposes of Cisco ONE license portability.

...To be continued...

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How to Connect the DC Adapter for the ASA 5506H-X?

April 28 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #IT, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #NGFW

Cisco ASA 5506-X, ASA 5506W-X, and ASA 5506H-X Hardware Installation Guide

How to maintain and upgrade your ASA firewalls, such as the popular ASA 5506-X, ASA 5506W-X and ASA 5506H-X? In this article we will share the two guides for Cisco ASA 5506-X, ASA 5506W-X and ASA 5506H-X, which contain the following sections:

  • Connect the DC Adapter for the 5506H-X
  • Install the Adjustable Power Supply Retainer

How to Connect the DC Adapter for the ASA 5506H-X?

You can order an optional DC power supply that supplies 24V DC (part number PWR2-20W-24VDC) or 20W 20-60V DC (part number PWR2-22W-20-60VDC).

Warning:

1. This product relies on the building's installation for short-circuit (overcurrent) protection. Ensure that the protective device is rated not greater than 36 VDC, 5A. Statement 1005

2. This product requires short-circuit (overcurrent) protection to be provided as part of the building installation. Install only in accordance with national and local wiring regulations.

3. The device is designed to work with TN power systems.

To connect the DC power on your 5506H-X, follow these steps:

Step1: Connect the black and white lead wires to a 12 VDC source. The black lead is negative or ground and the white lead is positive. The output cable is 1.3 meters and the input cable is 1 meter in length.

Figure1. DC Power Adapter 

1

Black wire (negative)

2

White wire (positive)

3

Adapter

  

Step2: Plug the adapter cord into the ASA.

Note: The power adapters have 18 AWG wires for the input connection. Tinned bare wires are used for the input connection because there is no standard established for connector type. Screw terminal blocks are most often used.

Step3: Power on the ASA and check that it has power. See LEDs for information on the power LED.

How to Install the Adjustable Power Supply Retainer?

You can install an adjustable power supply retainer for the Delta and LiteOn power supplies in the rack-mount tray. The bracket kit contains the bracket, 2 M3 screws, and washers. The following figure shows the adjustable retainer.

Figure2. ASA Bracket Assembly 

1

Two screws to loosen to change from high to low bracket

2

Two captive screws to attach to rack-mount tray

Step1: Slide the rack-mount shelf containing the ASA(s) out of the rack.

Step2At the back of the rack-mount shelf behind the power supplies, install the adjustable retainer.

  1. Loosen the 2 top screws (item 1 in the figure above) slightly to adjust the bracket for each power supply.

The Delta power supply uses the bracket extended to its tallest configuration. This configuration has item 1 shifted to the bottom of the slot on the bracket over the power supply. The LiteOn power supply uses the bracket extended to its shortest configuration. This configuration has item 1 shifted to the top of the slot on the bracket over the power supply.

  1. Install the bracket over the power supply and screw the 2 bottom M3 captive screws (item 2 in the figure above) on each side of the bottom of the bracket into the rack-mount tray.

The following figure shows the installed power supply retainer.

Figure3. Installed Power Supply Retainer

Info from

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/asa/hw/maintenance/5506xguide/b_Install_Guide_5506/b_Install_Guide_5506_chapter_0101.html

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Cisco Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600 Licensing Options

April 9 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Technology, #Cisco License, #Cisco Switches-Software

Different types of licenses are required for the Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600.

Table 1-15 describes each license and the features it enables.

Table 1-15 Nexus 5500 Product Licensing

Feature License

Product ID

Features

FabricPath Services Package

N5548-EL1-SSK9

FabricPath

ENHANCED_LAYER2_PKG

N5596-EL1-SSK9
N5671-EL1-SSK9
N56128-EL1-SSK9

 

FCoE NPV Package
FCOE_NPV_PKG

N5548-FNPV-SSK9
N5596-FNPV-SSK9
N56-FNPV-SSK9

FCoE NPV

Layer 3 Base Services Package
LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG 15

N55-BAS1K9
N56-BAS1K9

Unlimited static routes and maximum of 256 dynamic routes:

  • Static routes
  • RIPv2
  • OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
  • EIGRP
  • HSRP
  • VRRP
  • IGMP v2/v3
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
  • Routed ACL
  • NAT
  • MSDP
  • Static routes
  • RIPv2
  • OSPFv2 and OSPFv3

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_ PKG 1819

N55-LAN1K9
N56-LAN1K9

N55-LAN1K9 includes the following features in addition to the ones under N55-BAS1K9 license:
BGP

  • VRF Lite
  • PBR
  • PIMv2 (all modes)


L3 IS-IS

Storage Protocols Services Package

N55-8P-SSK9

Native Fibre Channel

FC_FEATURES_PKG
ENTERPRISE_PKG

N55-48P-SSK9
N56-16p-SSK9
N5671-72P-SSK9
N56128-128P-SSK9
N55-8P-SSK9

  • FCoE
  • NPV
  • FC Port Security
  • Fabric Binding


Fibre Channel Security Protocol
(FC-SP) authentication

VM-FEX Package

N55-VMFEXK9

VM-FEX

NOTE: To manage the Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600, two types of licenses are needed: the DCNM LAN and DCNM SAN. Each is a separate license.

More Notes:

Nexus switches have a grace period, which is the amount of time the features in a license package can continue functioning without a license.

Enabling a licensed feature that does not have a license key starts a counter on the grace period. You then have 120 days to install the appropriate license keys, disable the use of that feature, or disable the grace period feature.

If at the end of the 120-day grace period the device does not have a valid license key for the feature, the Cisco NX-OS software automatically disables the feature and removes the configuration from the device. There is also an evaluation license, which is a temporary license. Evaluation licenses are time bound (valid for a specified number of days) and are tied to a host ID (device serial number).

 

More info from http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=2762085&seqNum=2

 

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