Giving Cisco credit where credit is due

Cisco released several updated and new product lines that incorporate the IEEE's 802.3af power over Ethernet

    Requires Free Membership to View

(PoE) standard. PoE is important for several reasons, most notably because it makes VoIP implementations easier. Phones and other network devices can receive power via the network, which can help enterprises save time and money, since only one cable is needed for each device, and it also eliminates the need to have a wall outlet near every network device.

However, several of the company's competitors -- including Nortel Networks Inc., Foundry Networks Inc. and Extreme Networks Inc. -- had already released switch lines supporting 802.3af. Why did Cisco wait so long? Primarily because it needed more time to ensure all of its new products are backward-compatible with its proprietary technology.

For more information

To get a first look at thought provoking weekly columns from the editorial team every Monday morning, edit your subscription preferences and sign up for our Updates on New Site Content e-newsletter.

Though Cisco took a chance by letting its rivals gain a first-mover position, it deserves credit for not only going the extra mile for its existing customers, but also for carefully laying the groundwork for the next generation of Gigabit Ethernet 802.3af-compliant devices. Suddenly, for a lot of shops, the decision to upgrade probably just got a lot easier.

Is Cisco on the right track, or is its strategy insignificant in the greater scheme of things? We want to know what you think, so don't be shy. To read more the latest announcements by Cisco and other key vendors, visit our News Page. Thanks for reading our e-newsletters and for visiting Have a great week!

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: