Thursday, February 14, 2019

About Cisco 900 Series Integrated Service Routers

1.     The new Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) combine Internet access, comprehensive security, and wireless services (LTE Advanced 3.0, Wireless WAN and Wireless LAN) in a single high-performance device that is easy to deploy and manage.

2.     Cisco 900 Series ISRs are well suited for deployment as Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in enterprise small branch offices and in service provider managed-service environments.

The Cisco 900 Series ISRs deliver integrated security and threat defense, protecting networks from both known and new Internet vulnerabilities and attacks.
These powerful, fixed-configuration routers provide secure broadband and Metro Ethernet connectivity. Service providers offering managed Ethernet WAN services can deploy them in customer locations as CPE. Centralized and remote management capabilities are available through web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software for full visibility and control of network configurations at the remote site.
The 900 Series ISRs simplify the deployment of Ethernet WAN services, with end-to-end Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OA&M), Service-Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring and verification, and configuration management.
The Cisco 900 Series ISRs come with a 4-port managed switch, providing LAN ports to connect multiple devices.
The Main Cisco 900 series ISR Models
Switch Ports
WAN Ports
Console Ports

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Q&A: LAN Base in 2960X Switches?

A question from a user: “Which license do Cisco 2960X or 2960XR supported for ‘Layer 3 features with routed access (Open Shortest Path First [OSPF]), static routing, and Routing Information Protocol (RIP)’”

LAN Base is a powerful license for layer 2 access switches. Its broad range of access features covers all LAN Lite capabilities plus more robust features such as VTPv3 and FlexLinks. VTP version 3 offers better administrative control over VLAN topology information sharing to reduce unintended or disruptive changes. It also adds more VLAN environment support including expanded ISL VLAN support range. FlexLinks increase Layer 2 resiliency by adding a pair of fast converging active and backup links between access and distribution switches.
LAN Base allows layer 3 routing by adding static routing support. Many strong security capabilities are added in LAN Base, too. Examples include Flexible Authentication, Radius Change of Authorization and advanced 802.1X features.
On the management side, a long list of capabilities becomes available in LAN Base including a wider range of MIBs, Ingress policing, Trust Boundary, AutoQoS, and DSCP mapping. Here is compare:

Q. What Cisco IOS Software feature sets are supported in Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series come with a common universal image and supports LAN Lite, LAN Base, and IP Lite feature sets, as shown in Table 1.
Table1. Feature sets supported in the 2960-X Series
IP Lite
(Layer 3)
LAN Base
(Layer 2)
LAN Lite
(Basic Layer 2)

Q. What features does IP Lite bring to the 2960-XR switch models?
A. IP Lite introduced enterprise access Layer 3 features to the 2960-XR switch models. IP Lite is subset of IP Base features. Some of the IP Lite features are:
●   Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1
●   Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v2
●   Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v2 stub
●   Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v3 stub
●   Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) stub
●   Equal-cost routing
●   Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
●   Protocol Independent Multicast PIM (Sparse Mode, Dense Mode, Sparse Dense Mode, Source Specific Multicast) stub
●   Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for IPv4
●   Private VLAN
●   IPv6 First Hop Security source guard
●   Per-VLAN and per-port policers

Q. Do I need a software license for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A. No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches use the Universal image, but no license is required. The feature set is bound to the hardware model type and cannot be changed. For convenience, a single software image is used for all Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches, regardless of whether they are IP Lite, LAN Base, or LAN Lite models.

Q. Can a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch feature set license be upgraded?
A. No. The feature set is bound to the hardware model. To get the features and capabilities of IP Lite, you must purchase an IP Lite (2960-XR) switch.
So, 2960-X cannot support IP Lite functions, you must use a 2960-XR with IP Lite image.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Cisco Nexus 400G Switches-Models

Cisco launched new 400G Ethernet switches.
The new 400G Ethernet switches fall into two camps, two boxes in the Nexus 9000 family aimed at large-enterprise network customers and two in the 3400-S class targeted at high-bandwidth hyperscale users.
These switches pave the way for Terabit Ethernet switching to become a mainstream technology, wrote Thomas Scheiberote, Cisco vice president of product management, Data Center Networking.
Cisco says 400G will let webscale customers, data-center and 5G-mobile operators create more powerful networks more cost-effectively while offering customers with four times the bandwidth and scale of current networks.
The bandwidth and scale needed for 400G is evident, because:
  • There will be 20 billion to 30 billion online IoT devices in the world through this decade.
  • Users will own more than 25 million 5G-capable devices by 2021 and more than 80 percent of all IP traffic will be bandwidth-hungry, latency-sensitive video content.
  • By 2021 hyperscale data centers will grow from 338 in number at the end of 2016 to 628, representing 53 percent of all installed data-center servers by 2021.
Enterprise users may be most interested in the two new Nexus 9300GX boxes, which Cisco says expand its overarching Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and its intent-based networking data-center designs, which in real time can identify and react to changing network conditions. 
ACI brings with it support for Cisco products such as the Tetration Analytics platform, which collects all manner of telemetry information from Cisco and non-Cisco devices on the network. The system then uses machine learning and behavior analysis to provide network administrators a greater understanding and control of their data-center resources.
New Cisco Nexus 400G Switches-Models
Nexus 3400 Specs
§  32-port, 1RU switch
§  400/100/40/10GbE native, breakout to 2×200/50G, 4×100/50G, and 8x50G
§  QSFP-DD optics (backwards compatible with QSFP28 and QSFP+)
§  4RU chassis with 8 slots to mix and match 400G and 100G ports with line card expansion modules (LEMs)
§  Two LEMs currently available: 16 ports of 100G, and 4 ports of 400G

Nexus 9000 Specs
§  1RU spine switch
§  16 400G ports

§  1RU leaf switch

§  28 100G ports and 8 400G ports

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

HPE Aruba 2930F Switch Series Tech Guide

The Aruba 2930F Switch Series consists of eleven switches: Each switch (aside for the 8 port model) has four SFP or SFP+ uplink ports, while the 8 port model has 2 SFP+ uplink ports. Together with static, RIP and Access OSPF routing, robust security and management, enterprise-class features, free lifetime warranty and free software updates, the 2930F switch series is a cost-effective, scalable solution for customers who are building high-performance networks.

These switches can be deployed at the enterprise edge and remote branch offices.

Key Benefits
• High-performance Gigabit Ethernet access switch
• Four 10GbE (SFP+) ports Or four 1GbE (SFP) ports on 24/48 port models
• Two 10GbE (SFP+) ports on the 8 port model
• Layer 2 and Layer 3 plus static ,RIP and OSPF routing, PoE and PoE+ support
• Lifetime Warranty, sFlow, ACLs and rate limiting
• Support VxLAN

What’s New
• Up to 370W of PoE/PoE+ power (on 24/48 port models)
• Up to 125W of POE/POE+ power (on 8 port model)
• Energy Efficient Ethernet – IEEE802.3az
• Dual personality Micro USB console and RJ-45 console ports
• OpenFlow 1.3 support

Product Positioning

The ARUBA 2930F Switch Series is part of the HP Aruba Networking mobile first architecture.
This switch series is used in HP Aruba Campus for small to midsize enterprise, Aruba 2930F Switch Series is Basic Layer 3 switch series supporting 8, 24 or 48 Ports with and without PoE+, fixed 10GbE SFP+ or fixed 1GbE SFP Uplink ports, static, RIP Routing and Access OSPF routing, ACLs, IPv6 and Energy Efficient Ethernet.

The Aruba 2930F Switch Series is designed for customers creating digital workplaces that are optimized for mobile users with an integrated wired and wireless approach.

These basic Layer 3 access switches are easy to deploy and manage with advanced security and network management tools like Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager, Aruba AirWave Activate and Central for Cloud Management. A powerful Aruba ArubaOS ASIC delivers performance and value with support of the latest SDN apps with future proof programmability for tomorrow’s applications. The 2930F supports 10GbE uplinks, PoE+, robust QoS, RIP and access OSPF routing, and IPv6 with no software licensing required.

The Aruba 2930F Switch Series provides a convenient and cost-effective access switch solution that can be quickly set up with Zero Touch ArubaOSing and built-in 10GbE uplinks. The robust feature set includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Aruba mobile-first architecture
Aruba’s mobile-first Infrastructure is an architectural blueprint for networks that are designed to support mission critical application and usage rather they are running on the wired or wireless infrastructure, it is designed to close the gap between the wired and wireless experience, to deliver high performance and high availability of the wireless network. It enables clients to be completely flexible when it comes to connectivity, they can enjoy the same experience and network privileges rather they connect to a wired port or via the office Wi-Fi.

Figure2. Mobile-first 3-tier campus reference design

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Aruba 3810 Switch Series Overview

The Aruba 3810 is an advanced Layer 3 switch series with enterprise-class performance and features that’s simple to deploy and manage with Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager, Aruba AirWave and cloud-based Aruba Central.

This high performance switch supports mesh stacking technology, redundant power supplies, high density PoE+, HPE Smart Rate multi-gigabit Ethernet, wire speed 10GbE and 40GbE, Tunneled node, OSPF, BGP, and policy-based routing with no software licensing.

The Aruba 3810 Switch Series provides performance and resiliency for enterprises, SMBs, and branch office networks. With HPE Smart Rate multi-gigabit ports for high-speed 802.11ac devices, this advanced Layer 3 switch delivers a better application experience with low latency, virtualization with resilient stacking technology, and line rate 40GbE for plenty of back haul capacity.

Full PoE+ provisioning is available on 48-ports. Dual, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and innovative backplane stacking technology delivers resiliency and scalability in a convenient 1U form factor. Advanced Layer 2 and 3 feature set with OSPF, IPv6, IPv4 BGP, Tunneled Node, robust QoS and policy-based routing are included with no software licensing. With support for OpenFlow, the Aruba 3810 is ready to take advantage of SDN applications such as HPE Network Visualizer, Optimizer, and Protector Applications. The 3810 is easy to deploy and manage with advanced security and network management tools like Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba AirWave. With support from Aruba Central, you can quickly set up remote branch sites with little or no IT support.

The sweet spot for the 3810 Switch Series is wireless aggregation and campus network access for SMBs and midsize enterprises with a mobile workforce. It is a great fit for customers looking to support large numbers of PoE/PoE+ devices in a single, space saving 1U form factor, resiliency and scalability with mesh stacking technology with a robust Layer 3 feature set. Most importantly, it is ideal for customers looking to simplify, optimize and secure their wireless wired network with Aruba AirWave and Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager.

Advanced L2–L4 feature set with OSPF, IPv6, IPv4 BGP, and policy-based routing are included with no software licensing required. Industry standard MACsec provides link level security.
Enterprise-class resiliency with dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies and backplane mesh stacking technology so network stays on.
Scalable with mesh stacking technology and line rate 10GbE and 40GbE for wireless traffic aggregation, preventing bottlenecks and providing bandwidth for growth.
Full PoE+ (30 Watts per port) available on 48 ports for APs, cameras and IoT devices.
HPE Smart Rate ports support multiple Ethernet speeds (1, 2.5, 5 and 10GbE) on existing cabling for cost-effective and convenient network upgrades with no rip and replace of cabling.
Simplify and unify deployment and management with advanced security and network management tools like Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba AirWave.
Cloud-based management with Aruba Central support.
With support for OpenFlow 1.3, the 3810 is optimized for innovative SDN applications like HPE Network Optimizer, HPE Network Protector and HPE Network Visualizer.
Industry leading warranty includes NBD shipments, 90 days 24x7 phone support and 8x5 phone support for lifetime for original owner.

Learn more: Aruba 3810 Switch Series Ordering Guide

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cisco IE 3010 Series Switches-Ordering Guide

Common Product Highlights:

● Compact 1 RU 19-inch rack mountable wall mount switch
● Fixed 24 Fast Ethernet copper or 16 Fast Ethernet SFP + 8 PoE/PoE+ ports
● SD card is shipped with unit as flash memory (required)
● One PSU support up to 6 PoE ports (90W); two PSUs combined for full 8 PoE ports
● Layer 2 LAN Base Cisco IOS image and Layer 3 IP Service image
● Supports Cisco REP
Product Operating Temperature Ranges
● -40°C to +70°C (vented enclosure operating)
● -40°C to +60°C (sealed enclosure operating)
● -34°C to +74°C (fan- or blower-equipped enclosure operating)
Product Dimension (Height x Width x Depth)
● IE-3000-4/8TC 147 mm x 152 mm x 112 mm
● IE-3010-16S-8PC (44.5 mm x 445 mm x 356 mm), 1 RU height

The Figure below shows IE3010 models and overview of the various ports available while Table1 lists the available IE3010 and Power Supply PIDs

Cisco IE 3010 Series Switches Overview

Table1. IE3010 Switches and Power Supplies (Order Separately)

Rack mount switch 24 10/100B-T, 2GE combo uplinks, no PSU included

Rack mount switch 16 100SFP, 8 10/100 PoE, 2 GE combo uplinks, no PSU included

Power supply low DC (24/48V), 150 W

Power supply High voltage AC-DC (88-300VDC/85-264VAC), 150W

Following are considerations to order 3010 switches:
● Up to 12 PoE ports, no GE downlink requirement - IE-3010-16S-8PC
● SD card is shipped with unit as flash memory (required)
● Two separate Cisco IOS images: LAN Base and IPService.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Trendy Cisco ISR 800 Series

Fixed-configuration Integrated Services Routers suitable for deployment in small-sized branches, home offices and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) environments. In addition to the routing service, a wide variety of services including switching, wireless security, unified communication, and entry-level WAN optimization can be integrated using a single router unit.
Equipped with Cisco IOS Universal Image (Compatible with IP Base/Advanced Security/Advanced IP Services)
Built-in managed switch
Built-in IEEE 802.11n/ac-compatible wireless access point with full Airport support (C881W-x-K9)
Supports 4G LTE wireless WAN

Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) is a technology that aggregates the intercommunications between machines without human intervention.

This technology is already used in a wide range of devices such as vending machines, surveillance systems and sensor-equipped measuring instruments; and its adoption is expected to continue at an accelerated pace. The most important elements for network devices offering the M2M technology are compactness, mobility and durability.

In the case of vending machines, for example, the network device needs to be compact to allow installation inside the machines. Mobility is also important as it is cheaper to use the mobile 4G network than installing a wired broadband line for each vending machine. Depending on the installation location, the network device must also have the durability to withstand the high temperatures in summer.

Cisco 819H/G/HG has been developed to address these issues. Both models feature a palm-sized compact chassis and are compatible with 4G LTE 2.0 wireless LAN. Furthermore, Cisco 819H/HG can operate in temperatures between -23 and +60 deg C and in up to 95% humidity and have superior vibration and impact resistance to withstand industrial use. A wide variety of mounting options are supported including DIN rail, floor and wall mounting.

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