Thursday 7 November 2019

Cisco introduces new Catalyst 1000 Series of Switches

Catalyst Quality for Small Deployments

When your business is growing, you need your network to enable that growth, not stand in the way of it. So, it’s important to have a network that you know you can rely on. This is why we designed the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches – providing flexibility, simplicity, and security for deployments of up to 250 users.

Flexible, so you can allocate resources intelligently

Small businesses are known for agility, so your network requirements may change over time. The great news is, the Catalyst 1000 switches fit a host of use cases, whether you’re adding connectivity for an increase in staff or bringing online a host of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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For example, Catalyst 1000 provides both flexibility and redundancy to your network with horizontal stacking. This is helpful in the age of pay as you go, which allows stacking over Small Form Factor (SFP) and Enhanced SFP (SFP+) front-panel ports. This way, you can keep adding switches to the network as needed. Up to eight switches can be part of a single stack, all functioning as a single switch with unified management/control plane and distributed control plane.

The compact, fanless design of the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series means it does not need to be placed in a wiring closet, but instead can sit in an open-plan office, day spa, or classroom without disturbing the environment.

The series also offers a greater PoE budget, which means you can run more devices per port. Plus, Perpetual PoE ensures that the connected devices retain power in the event of a switch reboot.

Simple, so you can do more, easier and faster

Not all businesses have the luxury of experienced, dedicated IT professionals to keep their networks running. Even if they do, it’s likely that each IT person has to wear multiple hats. For this reason, we have built in several features that help save on network management time.

One of these features is an on-box intuitive WebUI, called Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP). CCP provides you with a wizard for day-0 setup, day-N provisioning, image upgrades, troubleshooting, diagnostics, system monitoring, and a client view.

Smart Managed models in the series are only managed through the WebUI, while the fixed managed switches offer complete access to the command-line interface (CLI) for those network administrators who prefer greater control over their management.

Other time-saving features include the ability to connect via a Bluetooth dongle, and automatic switch recovery. You can access the user interface through Bluetooth connectivity by pairing the switch to a computer – helpful when the switch is tucked away somewhere hard to reach. With automatic switch recovery, you can configure automatic recovery on the switch to recover from the error-disabled state after the specified period of time.

To demonstrate how easy it is to use, we asked a customer why they recommend the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches over any other competitor’s switches or even pro/consumer options.

“Adding users, access points, and changing port types and VLAN settings can all be accomplished in minutes. The user interface is designed for people with minimal technical knowledge – and the device pretty much configures itself.”

—John House, Senior IT Network Administrator for Transpo Systems

Secure and reliable, so you can grow with confidence

Even smaller networks must serve multiple functions, and the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches make it easy to meet competing demands with expanded support for VLANs. Larger-scale access control tables enable network administrators to segment traffic for greater security and control. The series runs classic Cisco IOS, one of the most hardened networking operating systems ever released. Advanced security features like 802.1x authentication and IPv6 First Hop Security provide additional protection.

When a business is running in high gear, you need to be confident that your networking gear is going to keep running as well. Reliability has been built into the Catalyst 1000 series. When the only space you have to place the switch is in an unventilated closet, the extended operating temperature range is a boon. And with Perpetual PoE, your endpoints will continue to have power even if the switch must be rebooted.

Upgrade from the Catalyst 2960-L switch series

The Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series is the upgrade for the Catalyst 2960-L series. Compared to the C2960-L, the C1000 series has improved hardware reliability, more advanced software options, and provides expanded support for VLANs.

All in all, the Catalyst 1000 series offers cost-effective connectivity that is ideal for a variety of network needs:

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◈ Branch offices with conventionally wired workspaces with PC, IP phones, Wireless Access Points, Cash Registers and printers, etc.

◈ Building infrastructure networks to connect physical security, sensors and control systems; and any application requiring Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and a low total cost of ownership.

The Catalyst 1000 series switches are also backed by our enhanced limited lifetime hardware warranty. This provides next-business-day delivery of replacement hardware where available and 90 days of 8×5 Cisco Technical Assistance Center.

Flexible, simple and secure, the Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series switches deliver enterprise-grade quality sized for small deployments.

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