Wiring Closet Switches Become Smarter & Greener
Power Management Is Added To Edge Switches
by Lippis Consulting
Wiring closet switches are undergoing a renaissance as the number and type of end-point devices accessing applications through multiple networks soar. Once the device for connecting desktops, wiring closet switches now connect wireless access points, laptops, kiosks, netbooks, IP phones, printers, video desktop systems, electrical power systems and more. As networks go borderless so too are wiring closet switches. Wiring closet switches are pervasive as they connect all end-points into an enterprise network distributing network services, applications and now power throughout a corporation. Network intelligence and services have shifted toward network access, enabling power management, unified communications, integrated security, wireless LAN access, application delivery, and high availability to support real time applications and much more. This white paper documents the dynamics forcing a change in wiring closet switching with recommendations and guidelines for IT business leaders to assist them in fixed switch vendor selection. The new Cisco edge switching products, Cisco Catalyst 3750-X, 3560-X, and 2960-S Series Switches are profiled as they represent progressive thinking in this space.