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Cisco ISR 4400 and 4300: A Comparison

As we know, Cisco’s ISRs have always provided versatile features for the most demanding network infrastructures. The revolutionary 4000 series was created to outperform the competition in WAN environments, and the 4400s are not only the best units available, but also the best value of the two.

Today I’ll do a quick side by side comparison of Cisco’s 4400 and 4300 series and tell you why.

While these models have similarities, the 4400 offers much more power,reliability and performance options for the money than its predecessor.

The feature that has users excited? Dual power supplies!

When I met with users that have migrated from the 4300 to 4400 series to ask about performance differences, they always mentioned the dual power supplies first. 4300s only offer a single power supply, with no option for redundancy. Power failures cause drops in overall performance and higher costs. Every model in the 4400 series gives you an integrated RPS option. If you have already come to the conclusion that units of this caliber are a necessity for your organization, then giving yourself this kind of peace of mind is just as essential.

If for some reason you do not need redundancy, these units offer the option to boost POE power to 1450W with your dual power supplies.

But what about overall performance?

The 4400 series outperforms the 4300 series in every area! It has more expansion options and nearly 7 times more default throughput! 4400s easily double the capabilities of the 4300 series in every other area.

These units will serve your business well for years to come, and are well worth the investment for the peace of mind they provide.

8 Benefits of using Cisco Catalyst switches

Are you considering an upgrade for your network?

Know the value new units will bring to you and your business before you make your decision.

Cisco Catalyst switches, which are always feature rich at every price point, have been in demand since quite a while.

Our company chose Cisco Catalyst Switches for our network because they were industry leaders when we first entered the arena somewhat back in 2001. The majority of the network admins have excellent experience with this product, so I simply asked around to compile a quick list of quotable benefits!

 

Benefits

  1. Cisco Catalysts are reliable. Despite everything they have gone through since we deployed them in 2001, our C3548XL’s are still fully functional. Believe me, a lot has happened over 18 years of use, but they are still going strong!
  2. Cisco Catalyst Switches offer a different dimension of security for the money.
  3. I have utilized CLI interfaces for a considerable amount of time, but for those that aren’t comfortable Cisco gives you GUI interfaces that make it simple for the network specialists to do fundamental checks.
  4. I’ve been working with a wide assortment of Catalyst Switches, explicitly 3750 and 3850 series, and have only experienced one major issue with them.
  5. With the advent of the 9300 and 9500 series, Cisco has set the bar yet again with overall value. We’ve just been utilizing them for a couple of months in-house and still can’t seem to actualize the SDA architecture. But, the north and southbound API’S incorporated with this OS are vigorous and quite magnificent.
  6. The gadget profile is easily altered by another license that has been introduced, for example presenting new routing protocols and latest features.
  7. Cisco’s software is continually refreshed and easily updated.
  8. Cisco provides true value for money.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series: Best User Access Layer Switch Ever made?

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series: Best User Access Layer Switch Ever made?

 

Let’s find out.

As we know, Cisco Catalyst Switches have always been one of Cisco’s iconic products. Cisco has released their latest model, Cisco Catalyst 9300. This unit offers the best reliability and performance released thus far, along with all the features you have ever wanted from a user access layer switch.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are the best replacement for the Catalyst 3850 Series.

Why?

Encrypted Traffic Analytics, this highly anticipated feature grants you full visibility of your traffic without decrypting it. So, malware is detected and expunged easier than ever. While Netflow granted generic visibility, Nbar2 capabilities enable total transparency of network usage.

 

 

They are the first purpose-built platforms designed for full fabric control with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and optional Cisco DNA.

Multigigabit access growth enables startling max bandwidth speeds of 10Gbps over traditional cat5/6 cabling or better.

Powerful integrated technology: x86 CPU, with 8GB of memory and a USB 3.0 port to support an optional 120GB SSD, enabling direct access to applications and critical data.

Cisco 9300 Series comes with seven diverse models. Any of these models can be used together in a stack of up to eight units. Other Cisco models are not capable of this. The 9300 series provides unmatched versatility and security features.

These switches deliver unparalleled security and functionality and will extend Cisco’s networking leadership for years to come.

I truly believe the 9300 is the best user access layer switch on the market, and an essential upgrade for any organization’s network infrastructure.

 

 

Time for a Blade Server Upgrade? – You will love the UCS B200 M5!

Cisco UCS B Series Blade Servers were made to simplify management, cost efficiency, increase visibility and control in rigorous data center environments.  Cisco has not only delivered, but set the bar for power and overall value with B200 M5.

You get more cores, more memory and more GPUs all in a half-width blade. And, you can achieve all of this paying 75% less than the closest competitors, HP and Dell. This is the kind of efficiency and practicality you can only expect from Cisco.

The heart of the M5 are the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, which means you can cater your CPU to your business and budget. The B200 M5 server harbors up to 56 cores (28 cores per socket), and up to 3TB of 2666MHz memory.

The majority of Cisco’s blades bolster 7.7TB SFF NVMe drives and NVMe mezzanine connectors of 560GB or 3.2TB.

While all of this is stellar, I’m sure you’re asking, is a forklift upgrade required?

No!

M5 blade servers will work in the first UCS 5108 Chassis Cisco propelled in 2009. They are likewise Cisco Intersight prepared. Giving you the simplicity of SaaS management to support your infrastructure with ease.

This design can reduce admin costs by up to 63% and accelerate the delivery of new updates by up to 83%.

With the new Intel CPUs, higher memory, and boasting the highest GPU density ever, the M5 is the best choice for utilizing VDI, and undoubtedly the best value out there for blade servers.