New series of Cisco Catalyst 2960X and Cisco Catalyst 2960XR switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960X seriesCisco has been nothing if not successful over the years with its Catalyst 2960 series switches, having shipped more than 14 million of them, encompassing over 420 million ports. The range has been hugely popular with those seeking the best-performing midmarket switches for their company’s operations, and now, the new Cisco Catalyst 2960X switches have been introduced – and we’re delighted to be able to offer them here at Data Centre Shop.

If your firm is already familiar with the previous Catalyst 2960 series switches, then the formula of the new 2960X iteration is, on the surface, fairly simple: a doubling of what the older switches could offer. Stacking capabilities have been doubled over the last version, for example, with up to 8 stacking switches. You can also choose between 24 and 48x 10/100/1000 port configurations, with each switch having up to 2x SFP+ uplinks.

Nor do the new Cisco 2960X switches consume as much power as their predecessors, a real boon to so many increasingly cash-strapped firms, delivering power savings of as much as 80 per cent. Several features contribute to such a drastic improvement, including the support for Cisco’s EnergyWise technology that can control how connected devices use energy, while further energy can be conserved by a new hibernation mode.

Cisco Catalyst 2960X… for meeting both current and future challenges

Midmarket customers have unique requirements for their data centre switches. On one hand, BYOD, security and scalability considerations all bring their own challenges that require a flexible and powerful answer. These challenges and requirements are very much shared with big business – but smaller firms do not have such large budgets and personnel numbers for meeting them. This increases the need for solutions – like our Cisco 2960X switches – that are easy to use, simple and scalable for ambitious and growing midmarket firms.

Switches from the Cisco Catalyst 2960X range combine all of these benefits with the intelligent services that you might expect from the next generation of the most widely deployed access switches on the planet, with both Layer 2 and Layer 3 access features provided. Cisco 2960X switches are designed to be simple to operate so that your business benefits from a reduced TCO, but they also offer an industry-leading standard of security. They can even be stacked mixed with existing Catalyst 2960-S and SF switches, protecting your existing investment.

Smart, simple, secure… and green Cisco 2960X switches

Not only is true stacking possible, with the Cisco Catalyst 2960X enabling cross-stack QoS and cross-stack high availability, but the readiness of the switch for onePK and software-defined networking also signals Cisco’s commitment to network programmability. Application visibility and control have also been major considerations in the design of the new switch, with business applications being prioritised by NetFlow Lite.

But there are also many touches that make the Cisco Catalyst 2960X switch very simple in use and operation – such as its automation of software installation for zero-touch deployment with Smart Install, as well as its automatic configuration of the ports based on device type for rapid deployment with Auto Smart Ports.

The high security of the switch is partly ensured by its use of standards-based 802.1X for port-based network access control, while on the environmentally friendly front, Cisco 2960X switches also incorporate Energy Efficient Ethernet, helping to enable dynamic power savings on all switch ports.

Peruse the website of Data Centre Shop today for more information about the full range of Cisco Catalyst 2960X and 2960XR switches, and to learn more about what they can do for your medium sized business – as well as how our renowned support services can help you to get the most out of your new purchase.

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