Cisco Systems Inc. has made improvements to bestselling Catalyst 2900 line of Ethernet switches by introducing a new stackable product that doubles the central processing unit performance and energy efficiency of its three-year-old Catalyst 2960-S/SF switch.

The company’s new Catalyst 2960-X Gigabit Ethernet switch supports 384 Gigabit Ethernet ports and uses up to 80 per cent less power compared to similar products offered by other vendors, Cisco said.
Cisco’s Catalyst 2960-S FlexStack
It is available in 24 or 48-port configurations, with 10G uplink and a stacking capacity of 40G to 80G.


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Cisco said the pre-port power consumption of the 2960-X is only 0.9 watts while that of the older 2960-S/SF is two watts. The switch has two kinds of “hibernation” modes: downlink mode, which powers down less active links; and switch mode, which powers down the switch itself.

It can be stacked with existing 2960-S/SF switches and it supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, according to Cisco. It is compatible onePK, Cisco’s API toolkit for software defined network programmability.

The 2960-X will be available next month with the 24-port configuration selling for $1,895 and the 48-port configuration priced at $3,395.

Read more about the 2960-X here