Cisco has added 10 Gigabit Ethernet to its Catalyst switches, and extended their power over Ethernet (POE) capabilities.
The 3750-E switches can be upgraded to 10 Gig Ethernet by replacing the twin Gigabit Ethernet uplink module with a 10 Gigabit TwinGig Converter module. Full Class 3 15.4 watt power delivery is now available through each port, an achievement Cisco claims is "an industry first".
At the product launch, Cisco stressed the benefits of POE, arguing that it is more efficient to power network devices such as IP phones and wireless access points over the Ethernet cable instead of using mains power. Cisco also took the opportunity to recommend backing up the POE capability with its Redundant Power Systems option.
University College in London is considering adopting the switches, following Duke University in North Carolina, which has already started using the 10Gig-capable switches in a 27,000 node academic network supporting students, staff and admin, to gradually replace or complement its existing 1,000 Catalyst 3750 switches.
Duke University and other users would most likely use the 10 Gigabit capabilities to deploy video-based applications and services, said Cisco. The company aims to deliver any video format to any device anywhere on any network built with its infrastructure solutions, said Marthin DeBeer, head of Cisco's Emerging Technologies Unit, at the company's Networkers conference in Cannes, France.
In a dramatic example of Cisco's new TelePresence service, DeBeer told conference attendees that his assistant recently moved to Dallas - but still greets visitors from a large, high-definition flat video screen in the DeBeeer's San Jose office.
Cisco's Catalyst 3560 and Catalyst 2960 Compact Switches, intended for deployment outside wiring closets, will be used on the Aida Diva cruise liner being built in Germany for Lufthansa's Aida Cruises. The liner - due to be delivered this spring - will have a complete telecommunications and multimedia system in all passenger cabins and for crew use.
The services on the Aida Diva will be managed centrally by Lufthansa, by Cisco's remote management products, wherever the ship is cruising, said Joerg Liebe, director of voice integration products at Lufthansa Systems. Aida Cruises has three more Cisco-enabled liners on order.