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To understand basic networking, you first need to answer the question, “What is a network switch?”

Most business networks today use switches to connect computers, printers and servers within a building or campus. A switch serves as a controller, enabling networked devices to talk to each other efficiently. Through information sharing and resource allocation, switches save businesses money and increase employee productivity.

Understand the different types of Ethernet switches and their capabilities.

What is a Network Switch: Unmanaged Switches

An unmanaged switch works right out of the box. It’s not designed to be configured, so you don’t have to worry about installing or setting it up correctly. Unmanaged switches have less network capacity than managed switches. You’ll usually find unmanaged switches in home networking equipment.

What is a Network Switch: Managed Switches

A managed network switch is configurable, offering greater flexibility and capacity than an unmanaged switch. You can monitor and adjust a managed switch locally or remotely, to give you greater network control.

What is a Network Switch versus a Router?

Switches create a network. Routers connect networks. A router links computers to the Internet, so users can share the connection. A router acts as a dispatcher, choosing the best path for information to travel so it’s received quickly.

What is a Network Switch to My Business?

Switches and routers are the building blocks for all business communications, from data to voice and video to wireless access. They can improve profitability by enabling your company to increase productivity, trim business expenses, and improve security and customer service.

Find out about Cisco Small Business Switches and Cisco Small Business Routers, for small and medium-sized businesses.

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Switches for networks of all sizes

Find secure, reliable switches for any application, anywhere.

LAN Access Swithes

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches

Deploy Unified Access with a modular switch

Accelerate business growth and improve efficiency. 4500E Series Switches are the foundation for Cisco Enterprise Networks and are the industry’s most widely deployed modular platform for campus access and distribution deployments. Now with Supervisor 8-E and supervisor 8L-E, this series offers wired and wireless convergence.

Industry-leading modular access switching

4500E switches with Supervisor 8-E/8L-E offer exceptional scalability and comprehensive features to meet current and future network demands. Get up to 928 Gbps bandwidth, non-blocking 48 Gbps per slot, and up to 9000W power supply through PoE ports.

Converged wired and wireless access

The Supervisor 8-E/8L-E comes with a built-in wireless controller, extending wired features to wireless. It supports up to 20 Gbps wireless throughput, 50 access points, and 2000 wireless clients on single system.

Advanced intelligent services

The 4500E delivers comprehensive intelligent services for automation, real-time monitoring, and exceptional resiliency. It is also green with energy-efficient technology built in.

Foundation for Cisco Open Network Environment

The center of Supervisor 8-E is the new Unified Access Data Plan ASIC. You can program this ASIC for next-generation features and intelligence with converged APIs across wired and wireless.

Investment protection and reduced TCO

The 4500E offers industry-leading investment protection with more than 10 years of backward compatibility and forward compatibility for line cards and long software lifecycles.

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Get faster access, faster aggregation

Get an access switch that gets you ready for 802.11ac Wave 2 and other new technologies that are here today, or coming at you tomorrow. Stackable Catalyst 3850 Series multigigabit and 10-Gbps network switches give you wired and wireless together so you can scale up and protect your investments.

Converged wired and wireless

More powerful than the 3650, the 3850 switch gives you smart, simple, and highly secure unified access with an integrated wireless controller. Support up to 100 access points and 2000 wireless clients on each switching entity (switch or stack).

Cisco Catalyst Multigigabit Technology

Support 802.11ac Wave 2 with Catalyst Multigigabit Technology and get speeds beyond 1 Gigabit on existing Category 5e/6 cables. The 3850 switch has multigigabit ports to support 1, 2.5, 5, and 10-Gbps speeds on select models.

PoE, PoE+, and UPOE

Power your solutions with support for PoE and PoE+ to provide up to 30W of power per port, or 60W of power per port with UPOE. Remove the need for additional electrical cabling and circuits to power your access points and IP phones. Add power to your solutions.

Effective security

Get support for Flexible NetFlow, Cisco TrustSec, and MACsec encryption. Use your network as a security sensor and enforcer. Get started.

Cisco StackWise-480 technology

Achieve scalability and resiliency with 480 Gbps of stack throughput. Get much higher speeds than previous switching generations. Get the details.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Get a Next-Gen Unified Access Switch

Converge your wired and wireless network. Simplify operations, get the reliability you need, and deliver better mobile experiences to your employees and customers. From the 3650 mini series to the 3650 multigigabit and Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE) switches, your network is ready for the mobile devices and applications it needs to support.

Bring wired and wireless together

The 3650 switch gives you smart, simple, and highly secure unified access with an integrated wireless controller. Support up to 50 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switching entity (switch or stack). Get the details.

Get Multigigabit

Prepare for 802.11ac Wave 2 with Cisco Catalyst Multigigabit Technology and get speeds beyond 1 Gigabit on existing Category 5e/6 cables. The 3650 switch has multigigabit ports to support 1, 2.5, 5, and 10-Gbps speeds on select models.

Power your solutions

Select models support PoE and PoE+ to provide up to 30W of power per port, or 60W of power per port with UPOE. Remove the need for additional electrical cabling and circuits to power your access points and IP phones.

Enhance security

Get support for Flexible NetFlow, Cisco TrustSec, and MACsec encryption. Use your network as a security sensor and enforcer. Learn more.

Compact LAN Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series Switches

A compact PoE switch you can use anywhere

When you need a small, powerful switch, the 3560-CX is ideal. Extend enterprise-class services to wherever you want, far from the wiring closet. It’s easy to configure, quiet, and fits where you need it, like in flexible workspaces, hospital rooms, shops, and classrooms. And you can use it to create new business opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Small but powerful

The 3560-CX PoE fanless switch offers Layer 3 switching. It supplies a PoE capacity of up to 240W on 8 or 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also supports Multigigabit technology, which lets you use existing cat 5e/6 cabling.

Connects IoT endpoints

The switch supports IP connections for PoE+ devices. You don’t need to install electrical circuits to power access points, IP phones, video endpoints, or other devices. Get PoE+ support with up to 240W of PoE budget. Deploy switches in buses, trains, subways with DC power.

Includes advanced features

This switch integrates with Cisco TrustSec for identity and security. It offers support for Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module for SDN programmability. And the switch is easy to deploy with network plug and play.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches

Be free to connect devices anywhere

When space is tight, start compact with a 2960-CX switch. And expand your network as your company grows. Gain the enterprise features of a larger Cisco switch without using a lot of physical space. Our Catalyst switches bring wired and wireless together through unified access, so you gain scale, security, and mobility.

Compact design

Created for organizations where space is tight, the 2960-CX is a compact, powerful, 8-port, fanless Gigabit switch. You can place it outside the wiring closet to shorten the cabling. And it has flexible mounting options.

Works with Internet-of-Things devices

Whether in a hospital, retail store, office, classroom, or branch location, the 2960-CX supports IP connections for devices with PoE+. You don’t need to install electrical circuits to power access points, IP phones, cameras, and other devices.

LAN Core and Distribution Switches

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Enterprise backbone of the digital organization

Get the scale, security, and simplicity you need to meet your business challenges. Catalyst 6800 Series switches are powerful campus backbone switches optimized for Multigigabit Ethernet services to help you protect your network investment.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture

Only Cisco delivers a digital-ready approach that starts at the edge and extends to where applications reside.

Simple

The Catalyst 6800 is powered by Smart Operations and Catalyst Instant Access. It extends backbone features to the access layer to simplify configuration and management.

Smart

Integrated service modules support wireless, network analysis, automate operations, and pervasive security. Virtual Switching System supports resiliency and high availability.

Secure

Catalyst 6800 switches are protected by Cisco TrustSec and IOS Flexible NetFlow for secure, scalable, dynamic, role-based access control and network visibility.

Scalable

6800 Series Switches are optimized for secure 1-10 Gb services. They offer a switching capacity of up to 11.4 Tb.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

Deploy a comprehensive enterprise backbone

Get resiliency, security, and more. Catalyst 6500 Series Switches are widely deployed campus backbone switches. They are optimized for Multigigabit Ethernet services to help you protect your network investment.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture

Only Cisco delivers a digital-ready approach that starts at the edge and extends to where applications reside.

Simple

The Catalyst 6500 is powered by Smart Operations and Catalyst Instant Access. Now you can extend backbone features to the access layer to simplify configuration and management.

Smart

Integrated service modules support wireless, network analysis, automated operations, and pervasive security. Virtual Switching System supports resiliency and high availability.

Secure

Cisco TrustSec and IOS Flexible NetFlow protect Catalyst 6500 switches for secure, scalable, dynamic, role-based access control and network visibility.

Scalable

Catalyst 6500 Series Switches are optimized for secure 1-10 Gb services. They offer forwarding performance of up to 720 Mpps.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches

Small size, high scale

Looking for a cost-effective, small, fixed aggregation switch? The Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series offers the size, scalability, and enhanced security you need. And its high-availability features reduce downtime.

Platform scalability

The 4500-X series offers up to 800 Gbps of switching capacity. It can scale up to 1.6-Tbps capacity and provides resiliency with Virtual Switching System (VSS).

High availability

Simplify network deployment and management with easy virtual networks (EVN). The 4500-X also reduces energy costs.

Application monitoring

Get enhanced application monitoring through Flexible NetFlow and 8 ports of line rate bidirectional Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)/Remote Switched Port Analyzer (RSPAN). Cisco IOS XE Software provides the ability to host third-party applications.

Security

Enhance security with support for Cisco TrustSec and Flexible NetFlow technologies.

Simplified operations

The 4500-X offers support for Smart Install Director. Customers gain a single point of management for zero-touch deployment of new switches and stacks in campus and branch networks.

Data Center Switches

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

Build the next-generation automated data center

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series delivers proven high performance and density, low latency, and exceptional power efficiency in a broad range of compact form factors. They operate in Cisco NX-OS Software mode or in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode. They are ideal for either traditional or fully automated data center deployments.

Architectural flexibility

You can deploy these switches in an energy-efficient three-tier or leaf-spine architecture. They also support scalable virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) multitenancy. The Nexus Fabric Manager automates fabric configuration and management.

Programmability

Use an open-object API model to provision Layer 2 and 3 features. A Route Processor Module application package, Linux containers, and Broadcom and Linux shell access provide extensibility. Infrastructure management can be simplified with DevOps automation tools.

Real-time visibility and telemetry

Built-in sensors support Cisco Tetration Analytics for rich traffic flow telemetry and line-rate data collection. Cisco Nexus Data Broker monitors and analyzes network traffic. Real-time buffer use per port and per queue helps you keep track of application traffic patterns.

Scalability

These switches deliver up to 172.8 Tbps of nonblocking performance with less than 5-microsecond latency. They offer wire-speed gateway, bridging, routing, and the Cisco Border Gateway Protocol Control Plane for VXLAN. Segment routing facilitates scalability and virtualization.

High availability

The In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and patching are provided without operation interruption for the Nexus 9500 and 9300. Switches have fully redundant and hot-swappable components. A mix of third-party and Cisco ASICs improves reliability and performance.

Investment protection

An existing 10 GE cabling plant can be reused for 40 GE with a 40-Gbps bidirectional transceiver. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders can be deployed in both NX-OS and ACI modes. FCoE support provides fabric convergence for LAN and SAN, lowering TCO.

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Build a next-generation network

Create the network foundation for a next-generation Unified Fabric data center. The modular Cisco Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches deliver a comprehensive Cisco NX-OS feature set and open-source programmable tools for software-defined networking (SDN) deployments. They offer high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet with application awareness and performance analytics.

High performance

The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches run on Cisco NX-OS Software. It was specifically developed for mission-critical enterprise and service provider deployments. The switches offer a full feature set in a highly resilient modular platform.

Infrastructure scalability

Virtualization, efficient power and cooling, cloud scale with automation, high density, and performance all support efficient data center growth.

Operational continuity

The design integrates hardware, NX-OS Software features, and management to support zero-downtime environments.

Transport flexibility

Networking technologies can be incrementally and cost-effectively adopted. These include the Cisco Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE), Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA), and Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV).

Programmability with open NX-OS

The 7000 Series offers programmable and automation tools for zero-day to day-N configuration and management. Standard, open, and programmable API interfaces are available for provisioning control and data planes. Visit the DevNet community for resources.

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

Gain a Fabric-Extensible, Innovative Platform

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches are designed to deliver high-density top-of-rack (ToR) Layer 2 and Layer 3, 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet with unified ports in compact one-, two-, and four-rack-unit form factors. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series includes the Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 platforms as part of the Cisco Unified Fabric portfolio.

The comprehensive Cisco NX-OS feature set and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet scalability of the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series deliver high performance, operational efficiency, and design flexibility.

Features and Capabilities of the Nexus 5600

The Cisco Nexus 5600 platform offers broad connectivity support, low latency, and virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) technology. These capabilities make the switches ideal for ToR and end-of-rack (EoR) access and Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) aggregation in traditional, converged, virtualized, and cloud deployments.

Scale

The Cisco 5600 platform is designed to meet the scaling demands of virtualized and cloud deployments. These switches:

  • Support up to 2304 ports in a single management domain with Cisco FEX architecture
  • Support large buffers for congestion management
  • Provide a hardware-based VXLAN (Layer 2, Layer 3, and gateway) and are capable of network virtualization generic routing encapsulation (NVGRE)
  • Deliver integrated Layer 3 services with large table sizes and buffers with 1-microsecond latency

Operational Efficiency

The Cisco 5600 switches simplify operations in the following ways:

  • The Cisco FEX architecture provides a single point of management.
  • An advanced analytics toolkit makes it easy to monitor latency and buffering.
  • Programmers can use Python, Tool Command Language (Tcl), the Cisco ONE Platform Kit (onePK), and OpenFlow.

Architectural Flexibility

The Cisco 5600 switches provide deployment flexibility for varying customer needs:

  • Broad connectivity support includes Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet; native Fibre Channel; and Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
  • Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) is supported for simplified virtualized and cloud deployments.
  • Cisco FabricPath is supported for scalable Layer 2 networks.

Features and Capabilities of the Nexus 5500

The Cisco Nexus 5500 Switches simplify convergence through broad connectivity support. This makes them ideal top-of-rack access switches for traditional and converged deployments.

Scale

The Cisco 5500 switches are designed to meet the scalability demands of today’s data centers. They offer:

  • Up to 1152 ports in a single management domain using Cisco FEX architecture
  • Up to 96 unified ports

Operational Efficiency

Operations are simplified with:

Flexible Architecture

The Cisco 5500 switches deliver deployment flexibility to meet varying customer needs:

  • Broad connectivity support includes Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 10-BASE-T, 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, native Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
  • Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) is supported for simplified virtualized and cloud deployments.
  • Cisco FabricPath is supported for scalable Layer 2 networks.
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Get Flexible, Top-of-Rack, Layer 2 and 3 Switching

Simplify management, enhance network visibility, and improve monitoring. Cisco Nexus 3000 Series offers low-latency, high programmability, and high-density switches in a fixed compact form factor. They’re ideal for general purpose deployments, high performance computing (HPC), high-frequency trading (HFT), Massively Scalable Date Center (MSDC), and cloud networks.

Features and Capabilities

Designed for data center top-of-rack deployments, the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series provides 24 to 128 ports offering flexible connectivity, high performance, and a comprehensive feature set to meet various data center requirements.

Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Get 100 M, 1, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) wire-speed Layer 2 and 3 switching for general purpose data center top-of-rack (ToR) deployments.

Cisco Nexus 3100 Switches

These are highly programmable switches for 1,10, and 40 GE connectivity. They’re ideal for deployments where a range of 1,10, or 40 Gb densities at line-rate speeds is required.

Cisco Nexus 3100-V Switches

This innovation offers 1/10/40/100-Gbps connectivity,high performance and scalability, VXLAN routing, and enhanced 16 MB buffer space. They are ideal for enterprise applications, service provider hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), and cloud computing environments.
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Cisco Nexus 3200 Switches

These highly programmable switches offer comprehensive feature sets and are coupled with low latency, large buffers, and table sizes for 10, 25,40,50, and 100 GE connectivity. They are well-suited for high performance, high-density, low-latency environments with changing application needs, such as big data, cloud, and virtualization.

Cisco Nexus 3500 Series

This series offers 1,10, and 40 GE ports and a comprehensive feature set, including Cisco Algo Boost technology with the lowest latency in the industry. Cisco Nexus 3500 works well for high-frequency trading and high-performance compute deployments.

Simplified Operations

  • Cisco Embedded Event Manager and Python scripting
  • PowerOn Auto Provisioning (POAP) and PreBoot eXecution Environment (PXE) for touchless bootup and switch configuration
  • Cisco Nexus Data Broker support for enhanced visibility and monitoring
  • Integration with the Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager and XML management tools
  • Advanced reboot capabilities that include hot and cold patching and fast-reboot capabilities

Open Programmability

  • Built-in DevOps automation tools like Puppet, Chef, and Ansible
  • NX-API support for a common programmatic approach across Cisco Nexus switches
  • Support for customer applications through Python scripting, Bash shell, and Linux containers
  • OpenStack and OpenFlow support for software-defined networking (SDN) deployments

Visit DevNet Community for Programmability Resources

Scalability and High Performance

  • Multi-tenant scalability with VXLAN support
  • Cisco bidirectional support for simplified migration to 40 GE
  • Algoboost and Warp mode on Cisco Nexus 3500 Series Switches with the lowest latency in the industry

High Availability and Efficiency

  • Modular operating software – NX-OS for fault isolation
  • Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fan modules
  • Shared buffer architecture to allow for microbursts, regular data traffic flow, and jitter with increased network efficiency

Industrial Ethernet Switches

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 5000 Series Switches

Get Scalable Aggregation for Industrial Environments

Get a flexible, highly reliable, and scalable Industrial Ethernet platform built to withstand extreme industrial environments. The IE5000 Series delivers highly secure aggregation and industry-leading convergence and resiliency. These switches can improve uptime, performance, and safety of industrial systems and equipment.

Features and Capabilities

The IE5000 Series is built to withstand extreme environments while adhering to overall IT network design, compliance, and performance requirements. These switches are ideal for industrial Ethernet applications where hardened highly scalable products are required. Examples include:

  • Factory automation
  • Power utility substations
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Oil and gas field sites
  • Connected cities
  • Mining

With improved performance, a more comprehensive feature set, and enhanced hardware, the 5000 Series offers superior bandwidth and capacity. Options include:

  • 24 Gbps Ethernet (1 GE) ports (12 100/1000 Mbps SFP and 12 10/100/1000 Mbps PoE and PoE+ RJ-45-based) plus four 10-Gbps (10 GE) ports (SFP+)
  • 28 Gbps Ethernet ports (16 100/1000 Mbps SFP and 12 10/100/1000 Mbps PoE and PoE+ RJ-45-based)

Other Features

  • High-density industrial PoE or PoE+ support for in-line power for up to 12 power devices
  • Robust resiliency and enhanced security
  • Cisco IOS Software features for smooth IT integration and policy consistency
  • Simplified, pay-as-you-go software upgrades with universal software images

Benefits

  • Reduced down-time
    High-availability technology facilitates network-wide resilience to increase IP network availability. This results in continuous access to applications, data, and content as organizations dramatically scale network size.
  • Lower operating expenditure costs
    Zero-touch deployment and very simplified operations can enable switches to auto-discover and auto-configure new devices.
  • Improved security
    Integrating cybersecurity throughout the network delivers extensive visibility and control. It also allows security policies to be enforced throughout the extended network, without creating traffic bottlenecks.
  • Investment protection
    Software licensing offers new improved software features without hardware upgrades.

The IE5000 can be easily managed by Cisco Industrial Network Director, a network management system purpose built for industrial applications that uses the complete capabilities of the Cisco Industrial Ethernet product family to make the network easily accessible to non-IT operations personnel.

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches

Highly Scalable Switches for Industrial Environments

Get highly scalable, easy-to-manage, and resilient switches with a comprehensive feature set. Our 4000 Series switches provide superior, high-bandwidth switching (Layer 2) and proven Cisco IOS Software-based routing (Layer 3) capabilities for industrial environments.

Features and Capabilities

The 4000 Series switches are built to withstand extreme environments while adhering to overall IT network design, compliance, and performance requirements. They deliver highly secure access and industry-leading convergence using Cisco Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP), and support industrial protocols.

The series is ideal for industrial Ethernet vertical industries applications where hardened products are required. That includes:

  • Factory automation
  • Power utility substations
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Oil and gas field sites
  • City surveillance programs
  • Mining

With improved overall performance, greater bandwidth, a more comprehensive feature set, and enhanced hardware, 4000 Series switches offer:

  • Superior bandwidth and capacity – 40 Gbps non-blocking switching capacity with up to 20 Gigabit Ethernet ports per switch
  • High-density, industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE) or PoE Plus support for in-line power to up to eight devices
  • Cisco IOS Software features for smooth IT integration and policy consistency
  • Robust resiliency and enhanced security
  • A simple, pay-as-you-go software upgrade path with a universal software image

The IE4000 series can be easily managed by Cisco Industrial Network Director, a network management system purpose built for industrial applications that uses the complete capabilities of the Cisco Industrial Ethernet product family to make the network easily accessible to non-IT operations personnel.

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 Series Switches

Converge Industrial and Enterprise Networks

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 (IE 2000) Series Switches extend the proven Cisco Catalyst technologies prevalent in enterprise networks to industrial networks. Superior security, video, and voice services are thus extended to industrial applications. These switches are also ruggedized, easy to manage, resilient, and enhanced through support of industry protocols.

Feature and Capabilities

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 Series Switches are fixed platforms that deliver Layer 2 switching with proven Cisco IOS Software. Their extensive certifications, as well as a wide range in power supply voltage input and operation temperature, make them suitable for almost all industrial applications.

They support IEEE 1588, Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), and PROFINET v.2, among other industry protocols.

Comprehensive features such as support for IEEE 802.1x, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping, and storm control offer superior security. Industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE) and enhanced PoE make it possible for the switches to directly connect to communication devices like IP cameras and IP phones.

These switches also offer:

  • Easy deployment, with zero-touch discovery using DHCP and an express setup with a swappable SD flash card
  • A user-friendly device manager, the Cisco Network Assistant, a Cisco Prime interface, and third-party management solutions
  • Resilience and fast network recovery with Flex Links, fast convergence with Cisco Resilient Ethernet Protocol and PROFINET MRP, and simplified IP address management and deployment

The IE 2000 can be easily managed by Cisco Industrial Network Director, a network management system purpose built for industrial applications that uses the complete capabilities of the Cisco Industrial Ethernet product family to make the network easily accessible to non-IT operations personnel.

Choose from two versions of the switches, depending on the industrial application and location:

  • A DIN-rail-mountable version, generally installed in a cabinet
  • An IP67-compliant wall-mountable version that does not require a cabinet

Virtual Networking

Cisco Application Virtual Switch

Simplify Virtual Application Deployments

Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS) is a hypervisor-resident virtual network switch that is specifically designed for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture. Based on the highly successful Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch, AVS provides feature support for the ACI application policy model, full switching capabilities, and more advanced telemetry features.

Features and Capabilities

Compared to other hypervisor-based virtual switches, AVS provides cross-consistency in features, management, and control through Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), rather than through hypervisor-specific management stations. As a key component of the overall ACI framework, AVS allows for intelligent policy enforcement and optimal traffic steering for virtual applications.

Key features include:

  • A purpose-built, virtual network edge for ACI fabric architecture
  • Integration with the ACI management and orchestration platform to automate virtual network provisioning and application services deployments
  • High performance and throughput
  • Integrated visibility of both physical and virtual workloads and network paths
  • Open APIs to extend the software-based control and orchestration of the virtual network fabric

The AVS offers:

  • Single point of management and control for both physical and virtual workloads and infrastructure
  • Optimal traffic steering to application services
  • Seamless workload mobility
  • Support for all leading hypervisors with a consistent operational model across implementations for simplified operations in heterogeneous data centers
Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for VMware vSphere

Simplify and Scale Virtual Networking

Get highly secure, multitenant services by adding virtualization intelligence to your data center network with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for VMware vSphere. This switch:

  • Extends the network edge to the hypervisor and virtual machines
  • Is built to scale for cloud networks

Get the Cisco Nexus 1000V Essential Edition at no cost.

Statement of Direction for Cisco Nexus 1000V Platform (PDF – 218 KB)Adobe PDF file

The Cisco Nexus 1000V will continue to be supported on the VMware hypervisor beyond VMware vSphere Release 6.0 as well as on other major hypervisors. Customers should upgrade their Cisco Nexus 1000V software to the latest version as they upgrade their VMware or other hypervisor environments.

Features and Capabilities

Important differentiators for the Cisco Nexus 1000V for VMware vSphere include:

  • Extensive virtual network services built on Cisco advanced service insertion and routing technology
  • Support for vCloud Director and vSphere hypervisor
  • Feature and management consistency for easy integration with the physical infrastructure
  • Exceptional policy and control features for comprehensive networking functionality
  • Policy management and control by the networking team instead of the server virtualization team (separation of duties)

Use Virtual Networking Services

The Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch optimizes the use of Layer 4 – 7 virtual networking services in virtual machine and cloud environments through Cisco vPath architecture services.

Cisco vPath 2.0 supports service chaining so you can use multiple virtual network services as part of a single traffic flow. For example, you can simply specify the network policy, and vPath 2.0 can direct traffic:

In addition, Cisco vPath works on VXLAN to support movement between servers in different Layer 2 domains. Together, these features promote highly secure policy, application, and service delivery in the cloud.

Expand these offerings by building highly secure hybrid clouds with Cisco InterCloud.

Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for VMware vSphere Editions

Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for VMware vSphere is available in two separate editions. The Essential Edition is available at no cost and includes all the basic switching features. Advanced Edition adds advanced security capabilities and Cisco Virtual Security Gateway for Nexus 1000V Switch to the base functionality of Essential Edition. Buying Cisco TAC support is optional for Essential Edition and highly recommended.

Cisco Virtual Security Gateway

Enhance and Simplify Virtual Security

Achieve regulatory compliance and simplify audit processes with the Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG). VSG:

  • Provides multitenant access with granular, zone-based, and context-aware security policies
  • Supports dynamic provisioning of security policies and trust zones during virtual machine (VM) instantiation and policy portability during virtual machine (VM) movement
  • Helps reduce errors and promotes collaboration across server, network, and security teams while retaining separate administrative responsibilities

Improve Virtual and Cloud Security Services

Cisco VSG integration with the award-winning Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch provides the following operational benefits:

  • Flexible deployment – Cisco VSG supports Layer 3 and Layer 2 modes; each Cisco VSG protects multiple physical servers.
  • Performance acceleration – Cisco VSG offloads packet-intensive processing to the Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed switch to optimize performance.
  • High availability – Deploying Cisco VSG in active-standby mode helps ensure high availability.
  • Cloud security – Cisco VSG extends zone-based firewalling service to virtual machines on VXLAN through updated segmentation features.

Implementing this virtual security gateway with the Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall in a virtual multi-tenant data center security solution provides tenant edge, intra-tenant, and inter-tenant virtual and cloud security.

Cisco VSG and the ASA 1000V provide complementary functionalities. The VSG provides virtual machine context-aware and zone-based security capabilities. The ASA 1000V provides tenant edge security and default gateway functionalities. Together, they provide a trusted and comprehensive virtual and cloud security portfolio.

Easily Manage Security

Cisco VSG and ASA 1000V can be transparently managed and deployed by a centralized management center, the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller.

Choose Your Deployment

You can deploy the Cisco Virtual Security Gateway in one of two ways:

The Cisco Virtual Security Gateway data sheet includes requirements for each deployment option.

Virtual Security Gateway Technical Documentation

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Get advanced features and reliability

The Cisco 500 Series is a line of stackable managed switches that offer the advanced capabilities you need to support a more demanding network environment, at an affordable price. They provide a solid foundation for your current business applications, as well as those you are planning for the future.

High reliability and resiliency

Keep your network up and running with advanced redundancy and availability features that reduce downtime and improve network resiliency so your business never slows down.

Advanced features

Strong security, advanced QoS, IPv6 support, Layer 3 routing, Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity deliver the capabilities needed to support applications today and tomorrow.

Power-efficient

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Simplified network setup and operations

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Peace of mind

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Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches

Powerful performance at an affordable price

Easy to set up and use, the Cisco 300 Series Switches provide the ideal combination of affordability and capabilities for small businesses (SMBs), and help create a more efficient, better-connected workforce.

Powerful features

The 300 Series supports the advanced security management capabilities and network features needed to support business-class data, voice, security, and wireless services. Features include quality of service, Layer 3 static routing, and IPv6.

Easy setup and management

Intuitive browser-based tools simplify setup and configuration. Advanced command-line interface (CLI) management options are also available.

Advanced security

Numerous security capabilities, such as advanced threat defense, time-based ACLs and 802.1X, and many others, give you confidence that you have the protection you need.

Eco-friendly

Optimize power usage for efficiency without compromising performance.

Peace of mind

All Cisco 300 Series switches are protected for the life of the product by the Cisco Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty, with next-business-day advance replacement where available.

Cisco Small Business 200 Series Smart Switches

Essential network features, affordable price

Cisco Small Business 200 Series Smart Switches combine powerful network performance with reliability to help you build a basic business network. Affordable and easy to use, these entry-level, web-managed switches deliver the essential network features you need.

Feature-rich

Get a business-class network with such features as quality of service, security, Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support.

Wide range of Power over Ethernet models

Choose from nine models to power up IP phones, cameras, wireless access points, and more.

Eco-friendly

Optimize power usage for efficiency without compromising performance.

Easy setup and management

Intuitive browser-based tools simplify setup and configuration.

Peace of mind

All switches come with a limited lifetime warranty and include one year of technical support and free software fixes for the term of the warranty.

 


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