Cisco enhances routers, switches for collaboration

Cisco this week is expanding its branch routers and LAN switches in an effort to improve collaboration capabilities of enterprise customers.

Cisco is enhancing its Integrated Services Routers (ISR) and Catalyst 4500 and 6500 with new models of switches, line cards and software to address the sustainable mobility and unified communications (UC) requirements.

For the ISR, Cisco is introducing two models at the lower end: the VDSL2 880 and 890. Both are aimed at small businesses and offer broadband options faster and higher performance, integrated security and wireless connectivity.

Another novelty is the ISR 1861W, which is aimed at small businesses with voice and cable / wireless integration requirements. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11g WLAN.

Cisco is supporting High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) in the ISR module 3G Wireless Wide Area Network. HSPA increases the bandwidth and performance to the form of backup or disaster recovery applications.

Cisco also said that Singlewire software applications now run on the platform of applications ISR Extension (AXP) service module. Singlewire InformaCast package simultaneously sends an audio stream or a text message to multiple IP phones, IP speakers, desktop systems and reporting systems is paging.

The ISR also now supports the following features of UC collaboration and mobility:

* Cisco Unified SIP Proxy to reduce the costs of implementing UC.

* Signatures voice network module IP Security for secure voice calls.

* Mobility and video features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express.

* Management capabilities Timecard in Cisco Unity Express to improve employee productivity in branches.

ISR Etnernet EtherSwitch switch modules also now support Cisco energy EnergyWise technology to help improve the efficiency of energy use in the network.

For the Catalyst LAN switches, Cisco unveiled a supervisor module Catalyst 4500 Series. The 6L-E is intended to harmonize the collaboration of resources and increase energy efficiency in wiring closet switches through support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) More than 30 watts.

PoE Plus is an extension of the standard PoE support for video and wireless access point.

Cisco also launched a line card 48 port 10/100/1000 Mbps that enables support 30-watt PoE for devices such as video phones, dual-band wireless access points, building-cleaning devices and video surveillance cameras . Cisco says it also expanded its support Smart Call Home notification feature and the ability of the 4500 EnergyWise catalyst.

The Catalyst 4500 and Cisco switches every wiring closet, now also have a limited lifetime warranty, Cisco says.