Cisco expands catalyst switch portfolio

Networking
Cisco addresses the needs of campus networks
Cisco announced Cisco Catalyst switch offerings that aim to ensure the real-time bandwidth intensive services are delivered with the performance, availability, quality of service and security.

Highlights of the introductions for the Cisco Campus Network include:

  • Cisco Catalyst 3750-E and 3560-E series switches
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560 and Catalyst 2960 compact switches
  • Cisco Catalyst 6500 series 8700W enhanced AC power supply
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500 series full image In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Cisco Redundant Power System (RPS) 2300

The Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series of stackable switches and Catalyst 3560-E Series of standalone switches facilitate the deployment of secure converged applications while maximizing investment protection. Featuring Cisco StackWise Plus, the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series is backward-compatible with StackWise and can be seamlessly integrated with Catalyst 3750 series switches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Integrated Wireless LAN Controller and Cisco Integrated Services Routers.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 and Catalyst 2960 Compact Switches deliver security and advanced services for small-density deployments outside the wiring closet. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Compact Switches support advanced intelligence with PoE to help enable converged voice, video and data services, and each switch will be deployed in small hall closets serving two cabins per switch.

Cisco offers full image In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) capabilities on the Cisco Catalyst 4507R and 4510R Switches with redundant supervisor engines. Full-image ISSU allows customers to upgrade the Cisco IOS Software image without having to take the switch or network out of service.

The Cisco Redundant Power System (RPS) 2300 seamlessly provides backup power for one or two of up to six attached devices, including Cisco Catalyst fixed-configuration switches and Cisco Integrated Services Routers. It automatically senses when a connected device has experienced an internal power-supply failure and immediately begins to deliver power to the device.

Pricing and Scheduled Availability

  • Cisco Catalyst 3750-E series switches starting at US$9,495 available in Feb. 2007
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560-E series switches starting at US$5,995 available in Feb. 2007
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560 compact switches starting at US$1,395 available now
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960 compact switches starting at US$895 available now
  • 8700W Enhanced AC Power Supply for the Catalyst 6500 Series switches at US$7,000 available in Feb. 2007
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500 series ISSU (special pricing available when purchased with switch configurations supporting Cisco Unified Communications) at US$5,000 available now
  • Cisco Redundant Power System 2300 at US$2,195 available in Feb. 2007

Warranty and Service
The Cisco Catalyst 3560-E and 3750-E series switches are available with a standard 90-day limited hardware warranty. For more information on the Cisco Services portfolio, please visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/index.html. For more information on the Cisco Catalyst switch portfolio, please visit www.cisco.com/go/catalyst.

Storage
DataCore launches SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0
DataCore Software launched its next-generation, flagship storage virtualization solution, SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0.

SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0 features:

  • SAN Domains:
  • Far-reaching “Span the SAN” Usability and Productivity Services
  • Next-Generation N+1 GRID Scalability, Business Continuity and Data Protection services
  • Comprehensive, end-to-end, multi path SAN Failover
  • Advanced automation, thin provisioning and smart auto-recovery services
  • Non-desruptive data migration and re-purposing capabilities

IT Managers can regulate and automate adding capacity, data protection levels and performance non-disruptively based on business demand. Storage hardware failures can be automatically overcome with no or minimal disruption. Business data can be protected with no impact to production SLAs.

Applications can be provisioned with storage instantly and recovered at the same or remote locations regardless of the operating system and hardware.

SANsymphony virtualization transforms storage into a service level management system simplifying and automating the provisioning of storage resources to meet user and business application demands.

Pricing and availability
Prices start at US$25,000 (MSRP) and configured systems are priced in the US$50,000 to US$80,000 range, depending on options and scale. SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0 is available for shipment today. For more information, please go to http://www.datacore.com/products/prod_SANsymphony.asp.

Infrastructure
YL Computing releases WinUtilities v. 5.12
YL Computing Inc. has released WinUtilities v. 5.12, a suite of programs that will energize your computer’s performance, enhance your system’s safety and reliability, and help ensure your Internet privacy.

WinUtilities has three power cleaning programs to protect your system. The Disk Cleaner safely gets rid of unnecessary files that accumulate on your hard drive and slow down your system. The Registry Cleaner lets you remove invalid entries, speeding up Windows’ internal engine. The History Cleaner erases all of your cookies and other Internet tracks. All of these cleaners can run automatically on a regular basis, using WinUtilities’ built-in Task Scheduler.

The program includes three system optimizers that will help your system run quicker and more trouble-free. The Duplicate File Finder identifies and removes redundant files from your drives. The Shortcuts Fixer finds and eliminates obsolete shortcuts that point to programs that you’ve uninstalled. The Memory Optimizer tweaks Windows’ “one size fits all” factory settings.

WinUtilities has four systems control programs to make your system more efficient and safe. The System Control gives you a single place where you can adjust all of your Windows settings. The BHO remover lets you get rid of the browser help objects that so many companies have installed on your system, with or without your permission. The Startup Cleaner manages programs that begin execution at Windows startup. The Auto Shutdown scheduler lets you turn off your work or home computer at specified times.

The program has four system tools manages Windows. The Process Manager lets you identify and shut down currently running programs, including Trojans and viruses. The Uninstall Manager lets you uninstall programs that you no longer use. The System Information program provides comprehensive information about your computer. The Windows Tools program is to launch Windows’ built-in tools.

WinUtilities has two registry tools that provide safety for Windows’ central control file. The Registry Backup program lets you make backups and restore your registry if it becomes corrupt. The Registry Search program allows power users to perform comprehensive searches for registry entries.

The program has three file tools that add convenience and safety to your computing. The File Shredder lets you delete files so that they can never be recovered. The File Splitter lets you split any file into smaller pieces, allowing you to make backups of enormous files and to move huge files from one computer to another. The EXE Protector lets you assign a password to any program file.

WinUtilities v. 5.12 runs under Windows Vista/XP/2000/NT4/98/ME, costs US$39.99 for a single-user licence, and may be purchased securely online at http://www.ylcomputing.com/. Family and corporate licences are available. You can download a free trial version of WinUtilities from the same Web address. For more information, contact YL Computing, Inc., 3831 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 706-295, San Diego, CA 92130-2332 Email: support@ylcomputing.com Internet: http://www.ylcomputing.com/.

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