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Cisco to ship 2RU Catalyst campus switch

Cisco plans to release a 2RU Catalyst campus switch by the end of July. The new 6840-X is the smallest device in the 6000 family.

Cisco plans to release by the end of July its smallest campus switch in the Catalyst 6000 family.

The company plans to unveil the 2RU Catalyst 6840-X at the Cisco Live conference next month. The device is designed for organizations that have to cram campus networking gear into tight spaces.

The aggregation switch has up to 40 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 40 GbE uplinks. It comes in configurations of 16, 24, 32 or 40 ports. The 24- and 40-port models include the two 40 GbE uplinks.

All of the new campus switches are Layer 2/3 devices with Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and virtual private LAN service (VPLS). They have IPv4 and IPv6 capabilities and support the Catalyst Instant Access client. The latter provides a single point of operation and management for Cisco campus switches.

"It's entirely based on the Catalyst 6800's DNA, sporting the same features and maturity of software code," a Cisco spokeswoman said.

Cisco started shipping the Catalyst 6800 series in January 2014. In general, the switches are programmable backbone devices optimized for 10/40/100 GbE services. They provide converged wired, wireless and VPN security.

The portfolio supports the Cisco One Platform Kit (onePK), a software-defined networking toolkit. The kit lets developers build applications for automating operations.

Pricing for the Catalyst 6840-X not disclosed.

Cisco high-speed router for cable companies

In other Cisco news this week, the vendor launched a system that lets cable companies deliver video programming and broadband access from a single box. The cBR-8 converged broadband router reduces costs by combining two functionalities in the same hardware.

The system supports the latest version of an emerging standard for delivering data at higher speeds over standard coaxial cable. Version 3.1 of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification supports downstream speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second and upstream speeds of 1 Gbps.

Cisco is not the first to market with a converged, high-speed router for cable companies. Rivals the Arris Group and Casa Systems are selling similar products.

Google has been pressuring cable operators to significantly boost broadband speeds. Since 2011, the Internet company has been adding cities to its 1 Gbps fiber-optic service. Cable operators typically provide less than 50 Mbps at peak times.

CBR-8 customers include Comcast Cable and the Altice Group, according to Cisco.

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