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WHICH CISCO SWITCH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? A CISCO SWITCH OVERVIEW

We all know that Cisco is the dominant leader for network equipment. But which switch is right for your enterprise? There are a myriad of different Cisco switches, typically making it challenging to choose the perfect match for your business without vendor help. So, to empower you to make your own decisions about switches, here’s a look at some of the most common Cisco switch options on the market:

  • Cisco Catalyst 2960S: These switches are stackable, fixed-configuration Ethernet switches that offer Gigabit and Fast Ethernet connectivity for enterprise, midmarket and branch locations. The 2960S is optimal for deploying cost-effective wired connectivity in conventional workspace environments. Highlights of the 2960S include:
    • Layer 2 Stackable Switch, supporting stacks of up to 4 switches
    • 24 or 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports
    • 1GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) or 1GE/10GE SFP+ slots
    • IEEE 802.3at-compliant PoE+ for up to 30W of power per port
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960X: These switches are stackable, fixed-configuration Ethernet switches that offer Gigabit and Fast Ethernet connectivity for enterprise, midmarket and branch locations. The 2960X is optimal for deploying cost-effective wired connectivity in conventional workspace environments. Highlights of the 2960X include:
    • Layer 2 Stackable Switch, supporting stacks of up to 8 switches
    • 24 or 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports
    • 1GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) or 1GE/10GE SFP+ slots
    • IEEE 802.3at-compliant PoE+ for up to 30W of power per port
    • Media Access Control Security (MACsec) hardware-based encryption
  • Cisco Catalyst 3750X: These switches are an enterprise-class line of stackable switches. The 3750X can help enhance business productivity with applications including IP telephony, wireless and video. Highlights of the 3750X include:
    • Four optional uplink network modules with 1GE or 10GE ports
    • 32 Gbps interconnect for a unified, resilient stack of up to 9 switches
    • Media Access Control Security (MACsec) hardware-based encryption
    • Cisco StackPower Technology
    • IEEE 802.3at-compliant PoE+ for up to 30W of power per port
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650: 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.
    • Support for up to 50 access points and 1000 clients per stack
    • 24 and 48 100-Mbps and 1-, 2.5-, 5-, and 10-Gbps ports
    • Five fixed-uplink models with four Gigabit Ethernet, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet, four 10 Gigabit Ethernet, eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or two 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (QSFP+) ports
    • Provide up to 30W of power per port, or 60W of power per port with UPOE
    • Cisco StackWise-160 technology that provides scalability and resiliency with 160 Gbps of stack throughput
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850: These switches are the first stackable GE switches that merge wired with wireless in one platform; this allows for network-wide visibility for faster troubleshooting and quality of service that is ideal for any workspace. This solution can monitor both east-west and north-south wired traffic at the same time, providing full visibility into the wireless traffic at the switch. Highlights of the 3850 include:
    • Cisco StackPower Technology
    • Up to 40Gbps of wireless capacity per switch (48-port models)
    • Support for up to 50 access points and 2,000 wireless clients on each switching entity (switch or stack)
    • 480 Gbps of stack throughput

So, which Cisco switch is right for your organization? At Network Craze, we offer many Cisco switches to meet your technology needs. Let us help you find what you’re looking for. Share with us some details about your network environment and we will help you find the right switch that fits your needs.