Cisco links wireless, wired worlds with new Catalyst 9000 switches

Cisco expand its wired family too with Catalyst switches for medium-sized businesses

Cisco is making it possible to run, manage, automate and secure wired and wireless networks all on top of a single operating system.

Key to the company's next step in operational efficiency is a new Catalyst 9000 switch, the 802.11ax-ready 9800 Wireless LAN Controller family which is available in an on-premises chassis or as a software addition that can be run on select Catalyst 9000 switches or a private or public cloud, Cisco said.

High-Efficiency Wireless or 802.11ax promises a fourfold increase in average throughput per user and is designed to handle high-density public environments. But it also will be beneficial in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, in heavy-usage homes, in apartment buildings and in offices that use bandwidth-hogging applications like videoconferencing.

Software, SD-WAN,security,high-speed data –centre networking, and more software fill up the Cisco hot plate for 2019.

Software, software, and more software. That seems to be the mantra for Cisco in 2019 as the company pushes sotawre-defined WANs, cloud partnerships, improved application programs, and its over-arching drive to sell more subscription-based software licenses.

As the year closed on cisco’s first quarter 2019 financials, the company was indeed touting its software growth, saying subscription were 57 percent of total software revenue, up five points year over year, and its application software business was up 18 percent to $1.42 billion. The company also said its security business, which is mostly software, rose 11 percent year over year to $ 651 million.

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