Cisco rolls out "virtualized switches"

Cisco Systems has rolled out two new products designed to help enterprises increase their network capacity without overhauling their existing infrastructure.The networking vendor's new line of switches--the Catalyst 6500 Series VSS (virtual switching system) 1440--is paired with a software engine that enables the "virtualization" of the switching hardware, by combining multiple switches to act as […]

Cisco Systems has rolled out two new products designed to help enterprises increase their network capacity without overhauling their existing infrastructure.

The networking vendor's new line of switches--the Catalyst 6500 Series VSS (virtual switching system) 1440--is paired with a software engine that enables the "virtualization" of the switching hardware, by combining multiple switches to act as one node on the network.

According to Cisco, combining the switches multiplies the bandwidth on the network--which can reach 1.44Tbps (terabits per second)--because those that are virtualized are seen as a single node with one IP address. The management of multiple switches is also simplified.

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