Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switch and FriendsCisco has significantly updated its enterprise network line-up with programmablecampus and branch switches and routers designed to tightly bind applications tonetwork hardware and services. Here’s a look at Cisco’s newest offerings.The Catalyst 6800 is an outgrowth of the ubiquitous – and 10+ year old – Catalyst6500. The 6800 is targeted at programmable campus backbone 10/40/100Gbpsservices. It includes the 7-slot, 11Tbps 6807-XL, the 4.5RU 6880-XL, and the 6800iaaccess switch.The new Supervisor Engine 8E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular access switch includesCisco’s new programmable UADP ASIC for wired and wireless convergence. It isdesigned to unify wired and wireless policies and management. The 8E works withexisting Catalyst 4500-E chassis and line cards, Cisco says.
For large branch deployments, Cisco’s new ISR 4451-AX router features up to 2Gbpsforward performance with native Cisco WAAS-based WAN optimization, and“LAN-like experience” at the branch, Cisco says.The Catalyst 6800 is said to be supervisor and line card compatible with Ciscos 10+year old and ubiquitous Catalyst 6500 campus core switch.
The Catalyst 6800 is expected to compete with HPs 10500 switch, and JunipersEX8200 and EX9200 switches.More Related：Cisco Delivers “Monster” Catalyst Switch, Routers for SDN Environments