The Cisco Catalyst 4500 now works with Power-over-Ethernet Plus (PoEP), an extension to the PoE standard for video and wireless access point devices. The switchï¿¼s new 48-port 10/100/1000 line card enables low voltage, 30-watt PoE support for devices, like videophones, dual-band wireless access points, building service devices, and video surveillance cameras. Cisco extended support of its location services problem detection service Smart Call Home as well as EnergyWise to the Catalyst 4500 line. For the Catalyst 6500, Cisco integrated a virtual switching system module and service module, which enables customers to deploy firewall, a network analysis module, and wireless services in their network cores.
The vendorï¿¼s focus recently has been its Nexus line, which is geared to large companies. Consequently, there has been some concern about how long the company will continue to enhance mature products, such as the ISR and Catalyst lines. While these products are clearly on the downside of their life cycles, it appears that Cisco is committed to enhancing them for at least a few more years. In sum, small and medium businesses can feel comfortable buying these products in the short term but may be cautious about making a long term commitment to them.