Cisco compresses Catalyst switches to compact size • The Register

Cisco has reduced its Catalyst 9200 switches into three compact models.

Switchzilla believes they exercise the newfound freedom to undertake remote work by allowing organizations to squeeze a real business to switch to a wider variety of smaller, more exotic locations.

The smallest of the models measures 4.4cm x 26.9cm x 16.5cm, and the other two add a bit of depth to emerge at 4.4cm x 26.9cm x 24.4cm. All are fanless, leading Cisco to suggest locking them under desks, nailing them to walls, or even slipping one into a home office.

As shown in the table below, the devices have enough power to handle these scenarios.

C9200CX-12T-2X2G 12 data ports 2x 1G copper, 1x 1G CU PD 802.3bt Class 8, 2x 10G SFP+ fixed uplinks 80W external power adapter
C9200CX-12P-2X2G 12 fully PoE+ ports 2x 1G copper, 2x 10G SFP+ fixed uplinks 310W internal
C9200CX-8P-2X2G 8 PoE+ ports 2x 1G copper, 2x 10G SFP+ fixed uplinks 310W internal

Cisco’s blueprint for small switches is that working from home is great, but best done on a platform that’s consistent with the rest of a corporate network and can be centrally managed. The new devices are therefore a call for those already using Catalyst in the network core to buy more.

Whether it can be done in a timely manner is another matter.

A letter of June 10 [PDF] from Cisco to its customers and partners warned that the company was still struggling to find supplies due to “material shortages in the semiconductor industry as well as logistical challenges”.

The document warns of “extended delivery times in most product families”, adding that “delivery times are normally 2-4 weeks, but have now been extended to 18-40 weeks”.

Cisco is doing its best to address the issue, but admits that “fluctuations in material supply as well as supply visibility may cause estimated ship dates to be re-committed.” The letter also states that Cisco is doing three things to expedite shipments:

  • Extend order coverage with suppliers for 52 weeks and increase inventory investment;
  • Qualify alternative components when technically possible and when there is an alternative supply;
  • Partner with suppliers for priority on materials and capacity, including, in some cases, payment of expedited freight and expedited freight charges.

Cisco no doubt also passes the cost of these fees and freight charges on to customers. The register hope your cisco bill will leave you enough money to buy new compact switches. If not, the software to improve the safety of existing work from home hardware should be downloaded without delay. ®

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