01/26/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/26/2021 07:18
We are pleased to announce the launch of a whole new category of switches: micro switches.
Cisco Catalyst Micro Switches provide Gigabit Ethernet and PoE+ in ultra-small 4-port form factors that can be mounted in cable ducts or on the desktop.
For those looking to provide Gigabit ethernet right to the end device, these full-featured, enterprise-class switches make it easy for you to extend intent-based networking all the way to your work-zones.
What in the world is a micro switch?
In the world of networking, micro switches are small Ethernet switches with 4 to 6 ports downlinks and 2 SFP or copper uplinks. These come in small form factors that can be discretely mounted right near the endpoints that connect to them, such as a cable duct or on a desktop. Micro switches are commonly used in Fiber-to-the-office (FTTO) network architectures, and allow for a simpler, more flexible environment.
Why would I deploy FTTO?
In a FTTO network, fiber optic cable is pulled throughout the building instead of copper. The extended range and higher bandwidth of fiber means that only one aggregation closet is needed to supply the entire building. This thereby eliminates the need for intermediate distribution frames, freeing up valuable real estate and reducing hardware, electricity and cooling infrastructure. In addition, failure control is highly localized, and floorplans can be easily reconfigured.
As a part of the Cisco Catalyst switch product line, the new micro switches will incorporate many of the same enhanced and integrated security features customers depend on to protect information and infrastructure.
Simple installation and management
We designed the new micro switches with simplicity and compatibility in mind, to make deployment and management as easy as possible.
Ensure that the IoT devices running on Power over Ethernet (PoE) have a consistent source of power.
Notable use cases
There are several situations in which the strategy of placing micro switches near the end devices is very desirable. These include:
The Catalyst Micro Switches aren't the only fiber-based switching options Cisco has available. These go well with the fiber models within the Catalyst 9000 family of switches, including:
Whether you are looking to refresh your existing micro switch deployments or are planning a new building with FTTO, Cisco Catalyst Micro Switches are just what you need right where you need it.