Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Cisco Enhances its Carrier Ethernet Switch Portfolio

Cisco Systems introduced new carrier Ethernet platforms and service-enabling features for delivering Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs along with voice, video, and data Triple Play services over converged Carrier Ethernet infrastructures for residential and business customers.

The new products and features include:

  • Cisco ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches, designed for "pay-as-you-grow" feature-set bundles, with pricing tailored to the deployment model. The Cisco ME 3400, which is available in a compact form factor (1RU), offers 24 10/100 ports and 2 Small Form-Factor Pluggable ( SFP ) uplinks. It is optimized for both Ethernet to the home (ETTH) triple-play services and Ethernet to the business VPNs.

  • The Supervisor Engine 32 for the Catalyst 6500 Series switches and the Cisco 7600 Series routers, which delivers MPLS over Ethernet capabilities closer to the edges of a service provider network at cost-effective price points;

  • The ONS 15454 ML 100Base Fiber Module extending Ethernet reach, with RPR and advanced QoS to deliver 50msec resiliency and differentiated services;

  • The ONS 15454 CE 10/100Mbps Module offering Private Line Ethernet and efficient bandwidth utilization with standards based GFP, VCAT, LCAS.

  • The Supervisor II Engine with 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks for the Catalyst 4500 Series switches;

  • The 10-gigabit SPA Interface Processor (SIP)-600 for the Cisco 7600 Series routers;

  • A family of multi-rate (2.5G, 5G or 10G), modular 10-gigabit SPA Interface Processor (SIP)-401/501/601 for the Cisco XR 12000 and Cisco 12000 Series routers;

  • Catalyst 4500 Series 48-Port 100BASE-X Switching Module offering mix-and-match optics for maximum deployment flexibility.

  • In software, Cisco announced enhancements for a number of products including the Catalyst 3750 Metro Series switches, Cisco 7600 Series routers, Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, Cisco 12000 Series routers, and Cisco ONS 15454/15310-CL platforms. These enhancements deliver a common set of features and functionality across the entire Cisco Carrier Ethernet portfolio.

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