Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches are a family of fixed-configuration, standalone intelligent Ethernet devices with Power Over Ethernet (PoE) or non-PoE configurations that provide desktop Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, enabling enhanced LAN services for entry-level enterprise, midmarket, and branch office networks. The Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series offers integrated security, including Network Admission Control (NAC), advanced Quality of Service (QoS), and resiliency to deliver intelligent services for the network edge.
- Ease of use and deployment
- Superior manageability
- Superior redundancy for fault backup
- Advanced QoS
- Granular rate limiting
- Cisco EnergyWise technology - good for business, better for environment
Cisco EnergyWise is an innovative architecture, added to the Cisco Catalyst 2960 switches, that enable the measurement of power consumption in the network infrastructure and network attached devices. EnergyWise encompasses a highly intelligent network based approach to communicate messages that measure and control energy between network devices and end points. The network discovers Cisco EnergyWise manageable devices, monitors their power consumption, and takes action based on business rules to reduce power consumption. EnergyWise uses a unique domain naming system to query and summarize information from large sets of devices making it simpler than traditional network management capabilities. Cisco EnergyWise's management interfaces allow facilities and network management applications to communicate with end points and each other using the network as a unifying fabric. The management interface uses standard SNMP or SSL to integrate Cisco and third party management systems. Cisco EnergyWise extends the network as a platform for power control plane for gathering, managing and reducing power consumption of all devices, resulting in company-wide optimized power delivery and reduced energy costs. Together, Cisco EnergyWise technology and Catalyst switches enable Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions reduction, increased energy cost savings and sustainable business behavior.
- Gigabit Ethernet
At speeds of 1000 Mbps, Gigabit Ethernet provides the bandwidth to meet new and evolving network demands, alleviate bottlenecks, and boost performance while increasing the return on existing infrastructure investments. Today's workers are placing higher demands on networks, running multiple concurrent applications. For example, a worker joins a team conference call through an IP videoconference, sends a 10-MB spreadsheet to meeting participants, broadcasts the latest marketing video for the team to evaluate, and queries the customer relationship management (CRM) database for the latest real-time feedback. Meanwhile, a multigigabyte system backup starts in the background and the latest virus updates are delivered to the client.
- Enhanced security
The wide range of security features that the Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series offers helps you protect important information, keep unauthorized people off the network, guard privacy, and maintain uninterrupted operation. The Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) solution provides authentication, access control, and security policy administration to secure network connectivity and resources. Cisco IBNS in the Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series prevents unauthorized access and helps ensure that users get only their designated privileges. It provides the ability to dynamically administer granular levels of network access. Using the 802.1x standard and the Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS), users can be assigned a VLAN upon authentication, regardless of where they connect to the network. This setup allows IT departments to enable strong security policies without compromising user mobility and with minimal administrative overhead.
- Availability and scalability
The Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base series is equipped with a large set of features that allow for network scalability and higher availability through multicast filtering as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Voice-aware 802.1x port security disables the offending data VLAN when a violation is detected without affecting Voice VLAN on the same switch port. Enhancements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), UplinkFast, and PortFast help maximize network uptime. PVST+ allows for Layer 2 load sharing on redundant links to efficiently use the extra capacity inherent in a redundant design. UplinkFast, PortFast, and BackboneFast all greatly reduce the standard 30- to 60-second Spanning Tree Protocol convergence time. Flexlink provides bidirectional, fast convergence in less than 100 milliseconds. The Loopguard and bridge protocol data unit (BPDU) guard enhancements provide Spanning Tree Protocol loop avoidance.
- Advanced QoS
The Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series offers superior multilayer QoS features to help ensure that network traffic is classified and prioritized and that congestion is avoided in the best possible manner. Configuration of QoS is greatly simplified through automatic QoS (Auto QoS), a feature that detects Cisco IP phones and automatically configures the switch for the appropriate classification and egress queuing. This optimizes traffic prioritization and network availability without the challenge of a complex configuration.The Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series can classify, reclassify, police, mark, queue, and schedule incoming packets and can queue and schedule packets at egress. Packet classification allows the network elements to discriminate between various traffic flows and enforce policies based on Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS fields.