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Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch upgrade

October 14, 2015

Catalyst 3850 switch

One of our prospects (a mobile virtual network enabler) sent us a big request for a replacement for their own network infrastructure. Our customer was looking to replace their current hardware environment with 2 x Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches 48 ports and 6 x Cisco Catalyst 2960 switches 24 ports over Cisco Ethernet and Cisco 2951 routers. They were looking for a competent hardware supplier who has the Cisco knowledge, the fast delivery and the best prices.

“Luckily Infradax could deliver the Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches, the Cisco Catalyst 2960 switches, Cisco Ethernet and Cisco routers within a few days and we paid a good price for them. With Infradax’s trade-in service we got a good deal on our outdated equipment as well.”

Are the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches interesting for you as well?

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series switches are the next generation of enterprise-class stackable access-layer switches and deliver synergy between wired and wireless over one single platform.

The switches provide accessibility with the improved 480-Gbps stacking and Cisco StackPower. The switch has a built in wired and wireless security and application visibility. The Cisco Catalyst also supports IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus, UPOE, modular and replaceable network modules, power supplies and redundancy.
The Cisco Catalyst 3850 generates and optimizes productivity by enabling applications such as video, wireless which enhances an unlimited network usability.

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch can be used as a wired switch as well as a converged wired wireless switch.

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch is innovative in terms of both features and usability. Table 1 shows a comparison with the Cisco Catalyst 3750-X.

Table 1. Comparison of the Cisco Catalyst 3750-X and 3850 Switches.

Features Cisco Catalyst 3750-XCisco Catalyst 3850
Stacking bandwidth64 Gbps480 Gbps**
Cisco IOS® Software wireless controllerNoYes
Queues per port48
Quality-of-service (QoS) modelMLSMQC
Uplinks****4 x 1GE
2 x 10GE NM
4 x 1 GE or 2 x 10GE SM
4 x 1GE
2 x 1/10GE
4 x 1/10GE*
8 x 10GE***
2 x 40GE***
Downlinks24 or 48 RJ45 interfaces
12 or 24 SFP receptacles
24 or 48 RJ45 interfaces
12 or 24 SFP receptacles
12, 24, or 24 SFP+ receptacles
StackPowerYesYes**
Flexible NetFlow supportYes (C3KX-SM-10G required)Yes
Multicore CPU for hosted servicesNoYes
Flash size64 Mb2 Gb
Operating systemCisco IOS SoftwareCisco IOS XE Software

*Available only for the 48-port RJ45 models and for the 12-port (or higher) 10 Gigabit capable models
**StackWise-480 and StackPower not supported on the 48-port 10G SFP+ switch
*** Supported on the 24-port and 48-port Multigigabit Switch and also on the 24-port 10G SFP+ switch
****Optional uplink modules are not supported on the 48-port 10G SFP+ switch

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