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Cisco Metro Ethernet Switches are designed for use with systems having cat5 Ethernet based cable connectivity with either crossover or straight through features. These switches allow the availability of quality and uninterrupted fast Ethernet accessibility. The superb software backup provides great deployment capability to these switches, and bestow the users the wherewithal to manage and troubleshoot issues perfectly.
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Vibrant’s Cisco Metro Ethernet Overview:
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch line is a good option for cutting down on
costs of power consumption with power efficiency of 100Gbps
applications-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The presence of
Multiprotocol Lable Switching (MPLS) and the ability of these switches
to lead an expansion of the MPLS are directed to the deriving benefits
from the MPLS based control plane throughout the network places. In
order to derive optimum benefits and ensure lower levels of power
consumption in the commercial units, it is important to look at the
features of these switches.
Here is an overview of the essential features of these Cisco switches.
Software Base Images
Cisco Metro Ethernet Switches are enhanced when paired with the following Software Images:
BASE Image: Equipped with optimum level security settings, the METRO
BASE Image includes features such as advanced Quality of Service (Qos),
superb multicast controlling, rate limiting for triple play services-
voice, data processing and high speed video.
METRO ACCESS Image:
METRO ACCESS Image software is provided for implementation of premium
services for triple play functionalities, VPN services (Layer 2) etc.
The features are inclusive of Flex-Linking, Layer 2 Protocol and 802.1Q
Tunneling alongside the METRO BASE Image features.
(Note: Vibrant does not sell software, only hardware.)
IP ACCESS Image: The METRO IP ACCESS Image software settings are
compatible for the provision of VPN (Layer 3) Services including the set
of METRO ACCESS Image software features. The Layer 3 features are
inclusive of advanced IP Routing (RIPv1/v2, OSPF, EIGRP, BGPv4, IS-IS),
Policy-based Routing (PBR) and Multi-VRF CE.
(Note: Vibrant only
supplies the hardware, but software information was included for the
purposes of a complete Cisco ME Switch review).
Security Enhancements and Specialties of Cisco Metro Ethernet Switches
network security system for detection of unauthorized traffic presence
on the network and enhancements for protection against any such presence
on the server.Security settings on the switch for uninterrupted switch based operationsSubscription based security for protection of subscribers from unauthorized users and fraudulent activities
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch comparison
Model No.: ME-3400G-12CS-ACategory and Port Density: 4 SFP uplinks and 10/100/1000 12 dual-purpose ports inclusive of SFPElectricity Connectivity: 2 fixed redundant AC power supply.
Model No.: ME-3400G-12CS-DCategory and Port Density: 12 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 and SFP) and 4 SFP uplinksElectricity Connectivity: 2 fixed redundant AC power supply
Model No.: ME-3400G-2CS-ACategory and Port Density: 2 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 and SFP) and 2 SFP uplinksElectricity Connectivity: AC
Model No.: ME-3400-24TS-ACategory and Port Density: 24 Ethernet 10/100 ports and 2 SFP uplinksElectricity Connectivity: AC
Model No.: ME-3400-24TS-DCategory and Port Density: 24 Ethernet 10/100 ports and 2 SFP uplinksElectricity Connectivity: DC
Model No.: ME-3400-24FS-ACategory and Port Density: 24 Ethernet 100 SFP 2 SFP uplinksElectricity Connectivity: AC
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch configuration
ID: A unique ID called Config ID is provided to each switch during the
configuration process. ConfigID of the switch has to identical with the
configuration ID provided to the switch definition of the Configuration
Device ID: In order to confirm the participation in the
bus connectivity, every switch needs to have a unique Device ID having
identical configuration with that of the source address of the switch so
as to enhance target of the switch to the particular destination on the
For the configuration purpose, the switches need to have an
IP address that is obtained by means of sending a DHCP request across
the network. After the completion of the network configuration, other
essential feature based services such as Incremental Configurations,
Synchronized Configuration are added by means of the Cisco IOS agent. It
is important to get the embedment of the Cisco IOS agent through
Cisco’s IOS software in the switches provide room for automatic
configuration and connectivity. The software is also compatible for
customized configurations as per the convenience of the user.
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch 3400: This switch model is one of the few of their kinds that allow two types of optimization-i. Triple-play Ethernet-to-the-Home (ETTH) servicesii. VPN Ethernet-to-the-Business (ETTB) services
user friendly software configurations alongside compatible hardware
settings, these switches are supported by strong security backup for
complete security for the Ethernet access platform. Featured with triple
play in addition to the VPN (Layer 2 and Layer 3) services these
switches are best with enormous deployment compatibility. Requiring two
fixed redundant AC electricity supply; these switches have four SFP
uplinks and require 12 dual-purpose (10/100/1000 and Small Form-Factor
Pluggable [SFP]) ports.
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch 3560:
These switches are best from the viewpoint of power saving switch
configurations with Layer 3 Ethernet compatibility. This allows room for
maintaining a control on the carbon emissions as well in the large
business organizations. The software set up comprising of advanced
quality of service, access control lists, rate limiting, which allows
combined network for superb video, data and voice performances. These
software configurations provide compatibility for the IPv6 functionality
and the routed access through utilization of the Open Shortest Path
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch 3600:
These switches are enhanced with the Cisco Carrier Ethernet ASIC for
continuous line rate performances maintaining well organized traffic
management, routing operations and for the deliverance of the
intelligent packet switching. Extending MPLS into the access layer,
these switches start the VPN services (Layer 2 and Layer 3) in the
access layer. The Carrier Ethernet features are directed to easing out
the network operations.
Cisco Metro Ethernet switch 3750:
This switch model is supportive of multiple software images with
enhancements for “pay-as-you-grow” deployment model. Operating on
internal redundant electricity supply, there is the option for using it
with both AC and DC power connectivity modes. The 3750 ME switches are
among the few standalone switches that are best for commercial
organizations. These switches have Cisco IOS software set up alongside
the Resilient Ethernet Protocol that is extremely important for dealing
with link failures and network loops.
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