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Cisco: Catalyst 6500 The Most Successful Switch Ever

Sales of Cisco Systems' Catalyst 6500 switches have topped $20 billion, making it the most successful networking product ever, the company said Tuesday at its Networkers 2006 conference in Las Vegas.

"It's the most successful networking product in the industry today," John Growdon, director of routers and switches for worldwide channels at Cisco, said in a phone interview. The Catalyst 6500 family was launched about six years ago, he said.

Though some solution providers and technology rivals such as Avaya, Juniper Networks and others tout the benefits of a best-of-breed solution, San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco maintains that its end-to-end offerings--including about 20 modules to integrate services like security and VoIP into the Catalyst 6500 platform--provide lower total cost of ownership.

Among the latest modules are the Application Control Engine, which adds partitioned server load balancing, application delivery and firewall capabilities, and the Wireless Services Module.

Mike Mogavero, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Data Systems Worldwide (DSW), a Woodland Hills, Calif.-based solution provider, said the Catalyst 6500's ability to offer multiple services on a single platform helped DSW win a recent deal. The customer, El Segundo, Calif.-based PureVideo, required a network that could support a high volume of online video content that it serves to its 1.5 million unique users per month. But at the same time, the company wanted its network to remain as small of a footprint as possible so it could save on co-location data center costs, he said.

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