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AT COMNET CONFERENCE and Expo in Washington this week, Cisco Systems officials unveiled a new switching engine designed to give enterprises greater control over their converged networks.
Dubbed Catalyst 4000 Supervisor Engine III, the new product is a self- contained hardware module that can be plugged into the company's existing line of Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet switches. By doing so, customers can upgrade any of their high-density 10/100 Catalyst 4000 switches to handle Layer 3 routing functions.
"This announcement is a big deal for the Cisco installed base that wants to [upgrade], or is considering upgrading, their capabilities," said David Passmore, …