Today’s Topics: A Good Day of Birthday Celebrations | SFP-10G-LR | Your Guide to Cisco Catalyst Switches | News to Start Your Day
Happy Groundhog Day! Are you hoping the groundhog will see its shadow today or are you ready for 6 more weeks of winter? I’m sure some people are tired of shoveling snow!!
Happy Monday, friends! Oh wait it’s Tuesday, right?! Just kidding, mostly. I have to say this week has been like that and it IS only Tuesday!
Our daughter’s 5th birthday is today, so we’re taking some time to celebrate her this week. Birthday cake for breakfast, five gifts for five years old, great friends coming to visit on Thursday, and (hopefully) camping for the weekend. She is so excited to turn five, and it is adorable. Big sister made her a “birthday queen” throne yesterday and promised to wake up earlier than her today to sing her awake with happy birthday. Those are the best memories for sure. Today will be a good day!
Now I have to tell you, yesterday I thought I was heading into a meeting that is actually happening today, my birthday girl opened my Amazon boxes (for the first time ever) and discovered all of her presents, and the weekend weather is shaping up to be pretty darn wet and cold. Camping may not happen, her gifts won’t be surprises, and I guess I’m extra prepared for my meeting today. But, despite all of the blunders of the week so far, today will be a good day.
I hope YOUR day is wonderful, no matter what your Monday looked like. Carpe diem!
Product Spotlights & Updates:
For today’s product highlight, we’ll be taking a look at a familiar and popular product, the SFP-10G-LR! This 10G transceiver module was designed for long-range transmission. It supports 10 Gbps data transfer rates over a distance of 10 kilometers (that’s 6.2 miles!) using single-mode fiber. This hot-swappable SFP+ transceiver is a fantastic option for satisfying connectivity needs in large data centers, enterprise wiring closets, large campuses, and more!
We offer 3 versions of the module:
- Cisco Original – Factory Sealed
- Cisco Original – Refurbished
- CK Branded (Cisco Compatible) – Factory Sealed
Your Guide to Cisco Catalyst Switches- CK Learning Center
A network is only as effective as its weakest link. When you have heavy demands, you need good options to meet and exceed those demands. Cisco has been providing top-quality options for every network design for decades. This overview will introduce you to some of the most common, versatile, and widely-used switches Cisco has to offer.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-S
Cost-effectiveness is the name of the game with 2960-S switches. These Gigabit Ethernet switches are designed for enterprise applications in a stackable form factor that provides wired connections for reliable, adaptable network designs. These switches include all of the basics:
- 4 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) up to 30W
- USB Interfaces
- Stackable up to four switches
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
Some switches are designed for a wide range of applications. The 2960-X switches live up to that promise. These stackable, Gigabit switches are built for jobs ranging from simple device management to campus network management. The Cisco IOS software makes configuration, troubleshooting, and monitoring as easy as possible, and Layer 2 and Layer 3 features ratchet up the possibilities of what can be accomplished with a single switch design. True versatility comes from the following features:
- Up to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- 4 SFP uplinks or 2 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks
- PoE+ up to 740W and Perpetual PoE
- Device management via web UI, Bluetooth, Command-Line Interface, Simple Network Management Protocol, RJ-45 console access, and USB access
Cisco Catalyst 3560
Speed doesn’t always have to come at the cost of power. This fast Ethernet switch features ports that get up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections on a power-saving design that provides more finite control over total power consumption. A variety of select models can provide impressive features:
- Up to 50 access points and 1000 clients with each stack
- Up to 48 100 Mbps ports and multiple 10 Gbps ports
- PoE ports providing up to 60W per port
- Up to 160 Gbps of throughput per stack
Cisco Catalyst 3560-X
This switch series expands on its predecessor by expanding security, adding services, and further improving on energy efficiency. The switch offers robust design improvements:
- Security enhancements including Flexible NetFlow, MACsec Layer 2 encryption and TrustSec access control
- Simplified means to deploy LAN, configure, and troubleshoot networking elements
- Hot-swappable cooling fans, modules, and power supplies
- Up to 48 PoE+ ports that support 60W per port
Cisco Catalyst 3750
Every switch has a purpose. For the 3750, the purpose is resilience and scalability. The stackable design is built around Layer 3 and EnergyWise technology. In all, it combines ease of use with exceptional capacity and expandability. More specifically, it packs the following:
- Up to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Up to 4 SFP uplinks
- Self-managing and self-configuring stacks
- StackWise technology for improving efficiency in multicast applications
Cisco Catalyst 3750-X
Energy efficiency and scalability are standard demands on modern switches. The 3750-X takes those demands and adds ease of deployment and quality of service to the equation. It’s designed to more easily create secure networks for campus and branch networks. These are the tools used to make it happen:
- Up to 4 10 Gbps uplink modules
- 32 Gbps interconnect that stacks up to 9 switches
- MACsec hardware-based encryption
- PoE+ up to 30W per port
Cisco Catalyst 3850
Build on Wave 2, this is a stackable switch that provides multi-gigabit wired and wireless connections. Max speeds get up to 10 Gbps, and the optional switches provide up to 48 ports of raw networking power. The marriage of GE and wireless in a stackable switch makes for faster networking and improved quality of service. If ever there was a one-size-fits-all switch, this is it. A few of the impressive features include the following:
- Up to 40 Gbps wireless capacity
- 480 Gbps of throughput per stack
- 50 access points and 2,000 wireless clients per stack
While there are plenty more switches available from Cisco, these are popular for a reason. They get the job done. After reading this overview, you can see that the best switches have common features. Keep that in mind as you shop for equipment. Skimping on key features will never help a network meet its demands or goals.
This article is from the CK Learning Center.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, in the US, there are 9,827,632 active COVID cases, 16,629,530 have recovered and there have been 454,213 deaths.
- Apple is testing new iPhone software that will let you unlock your iPhone with an Apple watch while wearing a mask. Currently, Apple users either need to enter a passcode or slide their mask down to unlock iPhones without the older Touch ID fingerprint recognition system.
- Disney is adding another TV show to its already stacked slate of Marvel content in development for Disney+. On Monday, the company announced that it had struck a five-year deal with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and Proximity Media to create television programming exclusively for Disney.
- Monday night General Motors unveiled two new performance Cadillac sedans, including the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. The car is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine rated at an eye-popping 668 horsepower and 659 pound-foot of torque. It has an estimated top speed of more than 200 mph, according to the company.
- Facebook just announced plans to help users allow tracking of their iPhones and iPads to deliver personalized ads. A prompt will tell users that providing access to their activity will give them personalized ads and will support businesses that rely on ads to reach customers. The move comes as Apple begins to roll out privacy changes to iOS 14 that will require users to opt in to allow this kind of tracking.