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Remote Office Deployment

Discuss requirements with engineer to determine what hardware is needed for these new offices. 4 typical remote office needs…

Cisco End-of-Life (EoL) Guide

End of Life Doesn't Mean Dead - It Means Time to Buy Understanding the stages of the Cisco EoL process and your options for acquiring and supporting EoL products can be a big…

Cisco Product Reference Guide

The Product Releases: Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco ASAs, and More Cisco's constant stream of new product releases can be hard to keep up with. Each quarter our Cisco engineers will…

Cisco 10GbE Optics Cheat Sheet

10 Gigabit Ethernet Once an exotic, high end technology, 10 GbE is now mainstream and widely deployed both in the datacenter and in the campus environment.  10 gigabit Ethernet, however, has…

Switches: To Stack or Not To Stack?

When it comes to network design, you often face two competing interests: maximizing scalability and optimizing performance. Finding the right balance can be tricky. This is why you’ve…

Cisco 6500 Series End of Life Support

6509 Support Strategies: You can now extend support and avoid forced upgrades As of November 2012, support will end on your 6503, 6506 and 6509 chassis. If you are happy with your current 6500…

Breathing New Life into the Catalyst 6500: The Evolution to the 6800

Cisco customers have been wondering what the future holds for the popular Catalyst 6500 Series for years. And within months of the Catalyst 6500 final end-of-life date, Cisco announced a new…

Cisco Catalyst 6500 vs. Cisco Nexus 7000: Do you really need to upgrade?

Since Cisco introduced the cutting-edge Nexus 7000 line in 2008, network engineers have constantly debated over the Nexus versus the Catalyst. Those who oversee Catalyst 6500-powered networks are…

Cisco Optics vs. Curvature Optics. What's the difference?

Nothing - unless you're talking about the price or the warranty. Did you know that Curvature labeled optics are identical to the ones you buy from Cisco and we guarantee the same capabilities? In…

Your Guide to 40GbE and 100GbE Optics

When the IEEE introduced the 802.3ba Ethernet standard in June 2010, this was in response to the increasing bandwidth demands facing data centers, paving the way for the introduction of 40Gb/s and…

Dell PowerEdge Servers

Dell Enhances Enterprise Solution Portfolio with PowerEdge Servers Designed to Deliver Unprecedented Performance and Manageability Dell debuts seven new blade, rack and tower servers optimized for…

4948 Quick Reference Matrix

Top-of-Rack and Aggregation Switches Quick Reference Guide   WS-C4948E-S WS-C4948E-E WS-C4948-S WS-C4948-E WS-C4948-10GE-S…

MPLS Technologies

When it comes to network performance, consistency is king. Whether you are an end-user in search of predictable latency or an ISP looking to provide your customers with reliable, consistent service,…

Which ISR series is right for your network?

The ISR 4000 series routers represent a significant change in Cisco’s branch router architecture.  With independent control and data planes, the ISR 4000 can provide consistent throughput…

Power over Ethernet

Your Guide to Inline Power, PoE and PoE+ Before the IEEE began work on the 802.3af standard, Cisco and a few other companies released their own proprietary inline power systems which had 7W power…

Choosing a Branch Router – What Cisco Won’t Tell You

Recently, Cisco has been pushing customers to adopt the new ISR 4000 series routers, and move away from the legacy ISR G1 or previous generation ISR G2 routers.  While the ISR 4000 series is a…

What Cisco won’t tell you about ISR G1 vs. G2 Routers

Recently, Cisco has been pushing clients to adopt their next-generation edge router platform (ISR Gen2, 1900/2900/3900). You may have already been contacted by your Cisco Account Manager to discuss…

Guide: Compatibility Requirements for IPv6 Upgrades

IPv6 has been a hot topic in the networking industry for over a year now and as the changeover progresses, it is still a priority for companies. Two major concerns are: Licensing – some…

Pre-Owned Buyer's Guide – How to buy Used Cisco, Juniper, Extreme Network Products

A Guide to Buying Pre-owned and Used Cisco, Redback, Juniper and Extreme Network Products Organizations worldwide, including the Global 1000, small and medium enterprises, service…

Tech Guide: ASR 1000s Simplified

Doing more with less is the primary goal of the ASR 1000 Series Routers, made especially for businesses looking to scale and consolidate data centers and devices. With the firewall, deep-packet…