Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Communications
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
New Cisco Catalyst Switches Deliver True Unified Access
New Cisco Catalyst Switches Deliver True Unified Access

By Jennifer LeClaire
January 29, 2013 11:24AM

    Bookmark and Share
The new Catalyst 3850 Switch from Cisco offers integrated wired and wireless LAN controller functionality. Cisco's new switch also supports common and consistent network intelligence, with network-wide visibility and analytics for troubleshooting, and granular hierarchical quality of service across the entire wired-wireless infrastructure.
 



Cisco on Tuesday rolled out new solutions under the Cisco Unified Access banner, aiming to simplify network design by converging wired and wireless networks. And software-defined networking (SDN) open interfaces are part and parcel of the strategy.

In the past, wireless networks have been built as overlays to the wired network. The result: two logical networks to manage, with disparate features and services, and with increased complexity. Users bringing multiple devices onto the network have compounded the challenge and it's more difficult for IT to implement common access policies, flow with "bring your own device" trends, and secure the network without compromising the end-user experience.

"Customers want a simple, highly secure network with reduced [total cost of ownership] that allows them to address new access requirements such as BYOD and new innovative line-of-business applications," said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group. "Cisco Unified Access allows customers to achieve these goals by moving away from individual vertical stacks of technology and disparate components toward a single architecture for an intelligent network."

Sustainable Network Infrastructure

Here's how it works: The Cisco Unified Access network architecture converges processing of wired and wireless traffic into a single data plane, based on the new Cisco Unified Access data plane application-specific integrated circuit. This new ASIC terminates wired and wireless traffic, promises high performance and scale, and enables consistent services to be applied to both wired and wireless, simplifying life for network administrators. The UADP ASIC features a programmable data plane, enabling deployment of software-defined networking services.

Cisco announced two new Cisco Unified Access networking products featuring the UADP ASIC: the Catalyst 3850 Unified Access Switch with built-in wireless LAN controller functionality and the 5760 Unified Access WLAN Controller appliance featuring Cisco IOS-based software and 60-Gbps performance. Cisco announced new versions of the Cisco Unified Access policy and management solutions: Identity Services Engine 1.2 and Prime Infrastructure 2.0.

"At the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, our 'dream' is to deliver a highly secure and sustainable network infrastructure that breaks down barriers and expands the horizons of our staff and patients," said Gareth Bulpin, technical development network and support manager for Cardiff and Vale Hospital in Wales. "The successful partnership working between Cisco, Damovo UK and the Hospital Network Team delivered our 'dream to reality' in 58 days with Cisco Unified Access being the 'game changer' to deliver 'healthcare without boundaries.' "

Cisco Walks the Talk

The Catalyst 3850 Switch offers integrated wired and wireless LAN controller functionality. It also supports common and consistent network intelligence, with network-wide visibility and analytics for troubleshooting, and granular hierarchical quality of service across the entire wired-wireless infrastructure.

The Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller device delivers 60 Gbps of capacity with hierarchical QoS capabilities for a centralized deployment. And Cisco onePK aligns with Cisco's software strategy to allow the programmability of networks and reaffirms Cisco's continued investment in software and SDN.

Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told us Cisco has been talking the talk of Unified Access for quite a while but until now hasn't walked the walk. In fact, he said, no one in the industry has.

"This is really the first example of a Unified Access switch that has both hardware and software integrated. It has a fair amount of scale," Kerravala said. "It can work in small environments up to the very large environments. For organizations that are looking to have a more dense, better performing wireless experience, this is a good product."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Communications
1.   Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
2.   FireChat Ignites New Way To Talk
3.   EU Panel Approves Net Neutrality Rules
4.   Avaya Ends Network Waiting Game
5.   Zuckerberg Plan To Spread Net: Drones


advertisement
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
Pilot program provides technology tools.
Average Rating:
FireChat Ignites New Way To Talk
Harnesses 'wireless mesh networking.'
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.