Welcoming the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

Cisco‘s latest switches in the legendary Catalyst range are enabling unified access by converging wired and wireless networks into one infrastructure.

I suspect that this will solve a few headaches for network managers in the near future as it spells simplicity, higher performance and greater intelligence as Cisco’s full IOS is extended to wireless with features like granular QoS, resiliency and scalability.

The new 3850 series switches support wireless tunnel termination and full wireless LAN controller functionality. 802.11ac is supported, which is thought will be commonplace by 2015.

Building on the already highly successful Stackwise technology, the Cisco Catalyst 3850 models have the industry’s highest 480Gbps stacking bandwidth and delivers advanced capabilities such as higher performance 24/48 port GE switching, power over ethernet +, StackPower and flexible Netflow on all ports.

The built-in wireless controller has capabilities for 40G wireless throughput, support for 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients per switch or stack. The switch can enable multi-level QoS based on granular information such as SSID, client, radio, application and fair share policies for wireless.

To summarise:

Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches now deliver common intelligent services across wired and wireless networks, enabling better policy, better security, resiliency and application visibility.

We thoroughly expect a lot of interest in the coming months. To find out more about how this new range of leading Catalyst switches can benefit you and your organisation, feel free to call our team on 0844 800 7821 or email me with your questions – dylan.cooper@recarta.co.uk.