Networking giant Cisco has extended the reach of its Catalyst 6000 range of switches from Lans and metropolitan area networks to Wans.
The latest addition to the range, the 6500, features Cisco's recently developed Flexwan module which enables the product to support a variety of Wan interface options, including E1, T1, E3, T3 and OC3 speeds.
"Catalyst 6500 is aimed at business customers who want to build scalable services across Wans," said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing at Cisco's enterprise line of business. "They have been building campus and Lans in the past and in the next two to three years they will build similar services for Wans."
The product also features Cisco's IOS quality-of-service software which enables users to configure different levels of service for network traffic and bandwidth.
The 6500 will initially support OC3 speeds, but Jiandani said the switches will scale up to OC192 and 10 gigabit ethernet speeds within the next two years.
Cisco originally launched its Catalyst 6000 range a year ago for campus switching. The Catalyst 6000 is a 32Gbps wiring closet switch that supports multicasting. For example, companies can send training videos once and ensure that they are distributed across multiple sites.
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