Cisco has launched a switching platform, which it claims is designed to cope with interactive multimedia web applications.
The Cisco Catalyst 6500 switching platform consists of a modular switch — the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 32 — and a router.
Cisco claims the Catalyst 6500 can perform deep packet inspection of multi-gigabit stateful and stateless application traffic flows.
Cisco has also announced a router — the Cisco 7201. Cisco claims the unit has low power consumption. The router has four gigabit Ethernet ports.
In the US the Cisco Catalyst 6500 will be available from June 2007, while the Cisco 7201 Series Router is available now. UK prices and availability had not been provided at the time of writing.