Which Network Services Need To Be Available In Modern Networks?

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January 16th, 2012

Modern corporate networks are under increasing pressure to support a wider variety of applications thanks to mobile and cloud computing, desktop virtualization plus video traffic having skyrocketed. Not only are bandwidth rates increasing from 1 to 10 to 40 GbE, but most importantly network services are needed to manage and support a different application portfolio mix and network access methods. Network services such as firewalls, WLANs, network diagnostics and monitoring plus application performance acceleration are needed to deliver a consistently excellent user experience. Cisco recently announced an upgrade to its popular Catalyst 6k with the availability of the Supervisor 2T that included re-vamped high performance service modules to deliver these network services. Goyal, product line manager at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss which network services need to be available in modern networks.

Download “A Comprehensive Testing of Cisco Systems Catalyst 6500 Sup2T” report here.

Analyzing the Hard Numbers for Your Campus LAN A Total Cost of Ownership Comparison By Info-Tech Research Group

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February 10th, 2010

Info-Tech Research Group found that in each case, the five- year TCO of 3Com’s H3C portfolio is lower than its comparable Cisco products, across 1000-, 3000-, and 5000-user campus LAN scenarios. Cisco charges a price premium of 34% to 40% over H3C solutions, which fluctuates depending on the design. These percentages translate into thousands of dollars in cost-savings for customers who choose H3C and H3C infrastructure. Given the turbulent economic climate, this can mean more money for other projects, fewer job cuts, or even a stronger bottom line.

Download Info-Tech Research Group’s campus TCO analysis here.