Routing & Switching
The emergence of the network as a platform is changing the entire value chain of technology and placing the network squarely at the center of innovation. It is emerging as a secure platform for delivering the customized and personalized experience that 21st century users expect. Cisco is leading the transition to a network-centric technology environment. By combining its core strength (IP) with intelligence, the company is creating a powerful communications platform that will serve as the basis for the convergence of data, voice, video and mobile communications in a secure, integrated architecture.
Cisco has extended its networking technology expertise in the enterprise and service provider markets into the high-growth consumer networking market with the addition of its Linksys Division. Linksys has the most extensive product line in home networking, with more than 70 products including wireless routers and access points, unmanaged switches and network attached storage for easy sharing of digital music, photo and video media files.
An Integrated Services Approach
The network router is quickly evolving from a device dedicated to connecting disparate networks to an integrated services device capable of multiple functions beyond routing. Cisco customers are increasingly deploying integrated services routers, or sophisticated network routers that can deliver voice, video, data and Internet access, wireless, and other applications.
Benefits of the Integrated Services Network Router
Growing companies, especially those opening new offices, can take advantage of integrated network router solutions that are highly secure, flexible, and built to be compatible with future technologies.
One Device, Multiple Functions: An integrated services network router enables organizations to take advantage of numerous built-in technologies such as voice, wireless, and advanced security systems while ensuring the quality of service (QoS) prioritization their network applications demand. Because the network services are built in or can be easily added to the integrated services network router, companies can install one sophisticated device rather than purchase separate products to provide each individual function.
Same Access at Headquarters and Remote Sites: An integrated services network router gives all workersâ€”even those at branch offices or remote sites such as a home or hotel roomâ€”the same access to business applications, unified communications, and videoconferencing. Modular solutions allow you to install the features you need for a particular office, and upgrade equipment when needs change or an office expands.
Centralized Management: An integrated services network router approach means technical staff at headquarters can manage the network from a central location. This allows technical departments to allocate resources to priority projects while providing reliable service to employees in all locations.
Integrated Network Security: An integrated services network router, with its systems approach, allows companies to transfer responsibility for security and reliability from individual computers and users to the network itself. This helps protect companies from the influx of viruses, malicious code, and other infections that end usersâ€™ laptops might unknowingly acquire.
By installing a complete solution and managing it centrally, companies can protect valuable corporate data using multiple types of protection, such as encryption, firewall filtering, antivirus protection, and intrusion detection and prevention.
Core of all networks
Local-area network (LAN) switches are at the core of all networks, providing high-speed connectivity, applications, and communications systems. Todayâ€™s networks not only need to efficiently and securely transmit bandwidth-intensive data, voice, video, and wireless applications, they also need to provide for evolving traffic patterns, new services, and optimized application performance.
The network switches in the Cisco Catalyst Series offer some of the industryâ€™s most intelligent and advanced technologies. These switches are designed to extend the value of network throughout the infrastructure. These innovative network switches are part of a continuously expanding portfolio of offerings that can strengthen and simplify network performance, and help deliver the greatest investment protection available. Available in modular, stackable and stand-alone configurations these network switches can be used anywhere they are needed in the network.
The Cisco network switch portfolio provides enhanced functionality and intelligence to help organizations automate complex tasks while supporting new application and business requirements.
Network Switch Services Deliver an Integrated End-to -End Solution
A valuable part of the network switch portfolio, Cisco Catalyst Intelligent Network Services strengthens the network infrastructure by delivering:
Integrated security for end to end protection
High availability for maximum network uptime
Application delivery optimization to ensure a consistent user experience
Enhanced manageability for more simple operations
Advanced Network Switches Provide Innovation
Cisco Catalyst Advanced Network Services provide switching innovation that enables organizations to offer capabilities theyâ€™ve never provided before, including: