Cisco is raising the price on older generation Catalyst switches in an effort to prod users into buying newer gear.
According to a Cisco document obtained by Network World, Cisco is raising the price of some Catalyst 3000, 4000 and 6000 series switches and associated products by up to 67% to encourage purchase of newer equipment. The price increases do not affect the new products, which include the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor 2T engine and the Catalyst 4500 Supervisor 8E.
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One increase impacts a Catalyst 6500 distributed forwarding card with the part number WS-F6700-DFC3CXL. The price has been raised from $15,000 to $25,000, an increase of 67%. Its replacements, parts WS-F6K-DFC4-AXL and WS-F6K-DFC4-EXL, are priced at $20,000, 33% higher than the DFC3CXL card.
The price increases take effect Nov. 2.
Below is a snapshot of the Catalyst 6000 product increases and replacement product pricing taken from the document. Network World is awaiting comment from Cisco on the authenticity of the document.
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