Cisco has plunged further into the high-end enterprise network market with the release of the Catalyst 8500 family of modular Campus Switch Routers (CSR).
Cisco claims the platform gives network managers additional options to build multi- layer, gigabit enterprise networks.
The Catalyst 8500 CSR series consists of the modular Catalyst 8510, a 10Gbps 5-slot switch router, and the Catalyst 8540, a 40Gbps, 13-slot switch router. The series supports most routing protocols that are used in both campuses and the Internet. Other protocols supported include: IGMP, GDP, PIM, DHCP, ICMP and HSRP.
According to Cisco, the Catalyst 8510 provides throughput of six million packets/sec for Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, and supports up to 32 routed and switched 10/100 ports and up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports. The Catalyst 8540 has a 40Gbps switching capability with a throughput of 24 million packets/sec. These data rates for the Catalyst 8500 apply to IP and IPX traffic, and IP multicast and bridged traffic.
Pricing is not yet available.