SAN JOSE, Calif. -- April 30, 2002 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced 14 new platforms and several enhancements to its broad portfolio of modular access routers. The new, higher-performance products and enhancements are designed to extend network intelligence - in the form of security, availability, and Quality of Service (QoS) - to the enterprise branch office and remote worker, providing them with access to the same capabilities as their headquarters colleagues. The market's transformation to a full-service branch office places new demands on access infrastructure and drives requirements for new levels of security, performance, flexibility, and service integration.
The platforms announced today include a new product family, the Cisco 3700 Series Application Service Routers, comprised of the Cisco 3725 and Cisco 3745 Routers. In addition, Cisco added new routers to its Cisco 2600 and Cisco 1700 Series Modular Access Routers and broadband router portfolio, including the Cisco 2691 Modular Access Router; the Cisco 2600XM Modular Access Routers (including the Cisco 2610XM, Cisco 2611XM, Cisco 2620XM, Cisco 2621XM, Cisco 2650XM and 2651XM routers); the Cisco 1760 and 1721 Modular Access Routers; and the Cisco 827H, Cisco SOHO 71, and Cisco SOHO 77H Broadband Routers. Cisco also introduced a 36 port 10/100 EtherSwitch high-density service module (HDSM) for the Cisco 3700 and 3600 Series Routers.
In a related announcement, Cisco today unveiled enhancements to the Cisco 7300, 7400, 7500 and 7600 Series multiservice routing platform for enterprises (for more information visit the Cisco Newsroom at News@Cisco). The new products and enhancements further extend Cisco's broad router portfolio from the single corporate teleworker and small office, to the enterprise branch and headquarters, through to the service provider's network edge.
According to a 2002 University of California Net Impact Study, the adoption of network-enabled applications, such as collaboration tools, video conferencing and distance learning, will be the most important factor impacting future productivity growth for U.S. companies. The study also indicates there is a direct correlation between productivity improvements and the extension of business processes across the entire organization, value chain, and ecosystem. Allowing branch office and remote workers to take advantage of network-enabled applications increases productivity and reduces costs by allowing employees outside of the main office to function as if they were located side-by-side with their headquarters colleagues.
"Today's economic environment is driving enterprise customers to focus on IT investments with high impact to the business. Branch locations in particular are deploying this next wave of applications, requiring new needs for security, QoS, and availability at the branch edge," said Joel Conover, senior analyst, of Current Analysis. "Branches need a single-platform solution, with the power to support a range of intelligent services, that can fulfill their current access needs for advanced applications and provide the flexibility to future-proof their networks for the next generation of applications tomorrow."
Network Intelligence: Availability, QoS, Security and ManageabilityTo adopt and embrace these types of applications throughout the organization, businesses need an access solution that delivers intelligent services to branch offices and remote workers, transforming these sites into full-service branch offices. Intelligent services, enabled by Cisco IOS. software, include security, availability, QoS and manageability. Together, these features are the foundation for successful implementation of network-enabled applications. To meet the needs of the full-service branch office requires security to help keep corporate data safe from unauthorized access; manageability so technical staff is not burdened by excessive network setup or maintenance at remote locations; high availability services to enhance network reliability and optimize accessibility of the applications; and QoS so mission-critical and time sensitive traffic receives the appropriate priority.
The new Cisco routers are all based on Cisco IOS software, the de-facto standard for Internet operations. Cisco IOS Software offers a number of advanced security features, including stateful inspection firewall, IPSec virtual private network (VPN), and an intrusion detection system (IDS) to keep the network and sensitive information secure. Many of the platforms included in today's announcement also offer hardware acceleration to deliver enhanced 3DES VPN performance. Cisco IOS Software allows remote configuration and troubleshooting, helping network administrators address potential issues before network performance is disrupted. In addition, Cisco IOS Software enables administrators to determine QoS by prioritizing traffic by application or user, ensuring that strategic and time-sensitive applications get highest priority.
To achieve the highest standards of manageability, the new platforms support the wide range of Cisco management tools available including CiscoWorks 2000, CiscoWorks for Windows and Cisco Easy VPN, a software enhancement based on Cisco's Unified Client Framework, which simplifies VPN deployment for enterprise branches, remote offices and corporate teleworkers.
Cisco 3700 Series Delivers Single-Platform Integration of Applications and ServicesThe 3700 Series, which consists of the Cisco 3725 and Cisco 3745, is designed for full-service branch offices seeking the highest levels of service integration in a compact form factor. Equipped with two or four Network Module slots and three WAN Interface Card slots, the Cisco 3700 Series features on-board LAN connectivity, support for new high-density service modules, and two Advanced Integration Module slots in a compact, three rack-unit form factor. Integrating new applications and services into a single, reliable infrastructure platform, one that can grow with a company's networking needs, can simplify deployment and reduce cost of operations compared to deploying multiple, single-purpose devices.
Cisco is also announcing a 36 port 10/100 EtherSwitch HDSM for Cisco 3600 and 3700 series routers. The EtherSwitch HDSM offers line-rate, Layer 2 switching across all Ethernet ports, up to two GE ports, optional in-line power for Cisco IP phones or Cisco wireless access points, port autosensing, as well as QoS and VLAN support for 802.1 P/Q standards. The Cisco EtherSwitch module utilizes powerful features from Cisco IOS Software and Catalyst switching technology, allowing the Cisco 3700 and Cisco 3600 Series routers to combine flexible routing and low-density switching in a single platform.
When combined with the optional inline-powered EtherSwitch network module, the Cisco 3700 delivers a single-platform solution for branch office IP Telephony by combining integrated switching, IP Phone power, and robust voice gateway capability. The modular flexibility and a wide variety of analog and digital voice interfaces of the Cisco 3700 enable migration from legacy infrastructures to a converged voice/data solution. For more information on Cisco 3700 Series Application Services Routers, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/3700.
Cisco 2691 and 2600 XM Routers: Increased Performance and Scale for Enterprise Branch OfficesThe new Cisco 2691 Modular Access Router is the highest-performing router in the Cisco 2600 family, offering nearly twice the performance of the existing Cisco 2600 platforms, and greater density for emerging applications and configuration flexibility. With more enterprises pushing powerful applications from the enterprise headquarters to the remote office, the Cisco 2691 platform is designed to offer the high performance required for a range of concurrent remote office applications, including converged voice/video/data, wire-speed VPN, and the delivery of web-based applications.
The Cisco 2600XM Modular Access Routers, which includes the Cisco 2610/11XM, 2620/21XM, and 2650/51XM models, deliver up to 33 percent more performance and significantly increased memory capacity at the same price points as their comparable current Cisco 2600 series models. The Cisco 2600XM routers can accommodate the same set of flexible network applications and wide variety of more than 70 modules as the Cisco 2600 series, including branch office data access, integrated switching, voice/data integration, dial access services, digital subscriber line (xDSL) connectivity, ATM support, VPN access and firewall protection. For more information on Cisco 2600 Series Modular Access Routers visit http://www.cisco.com/go/2600.
Cisco 1760 Router: Rack-Mount, High Performance Solution For Enterprise Small Branch Offices and Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)The Cisco 1760 Modular Access Router, a four-slot, 19-inch rack mount router, offers comprehensive security, and the highest performance, flexibility and voice-port density in the Cisco 1700 series. There are two versions of the Cisco 1760. The base version, the Cisco 1760, is designed to support data networking, while providing a smooth upgrade path to data/voice integration as business needs evolve. The Cisco 1760-V supports data and voice immediately.
The new Cisco 1721 Modular Access Router, a two-slot modular access router optimized for data access, offers increased performance, memory and support for IEEE 802.1Q VLAN at the same base price as the Cisco 1720. As with all Cisco 1700 Series Routers, the Cisco 1760 and 1721 supports business-class DSL, including ADSL and G.SHDSL, allowing businesses to choose a cost-effective access solution without compromising availability, QoS, security or manageability. For more information on Cisco 1700 Series Modular Access Routers, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/1700.
Broadband Router Portfolio ExtendedFurther enhancing its broad router portfolio, Cisco also announced new routers that incorporate intelligent services, such as security, for remote offices and small office/home office (SOHO) environments. These models include the Cisco SOHO 77H and Cisco 827H ADSL routers, and the Cisco SOHO 71 Broadband router for connecting to an external cable or DSL modem. These new models provide business customers with choices for affordable, multi-user access with integrated security and VPNs, along with the manageability and reliability of Cisco IOS software. For information on Cisco SOHO and 800 Series Routers, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/800 or http://www.cisco.com/go/soho70.
New Access Routers Backed by Cisco Service and SupportCisco and its channel partners offer time-sensitive service for the routers included in today's announcement. Deployment services are available through Cisco Total Implementation Solutions (TIS) program for customers installing, implementing and upgrading to the new platforms. In addition, ongoing operational support, including services to optimize the network for high-availability performance, is provided by Cisco through service offerings such as SMARTnet or SMARTnet On-site support.
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