Cisco 2960 S and 2960 X
Cisco has been coming up with new and improved platforms and device models. This keeps Cisco customers up to date with the latest technological advancements and meeting ever-changing Business and IT demands.
One such case is when Cisco announced the new 2960-X series Catalyst switches which had many features overlapping with the old 2960-S platform. Notable here to share that ‘S’ series is an older series, and Cisco is pricing it to discourage the customer from buying the older technology.
The newly introduced 2960-X series switches provide Layer 3 routing capability, application-aware intelligence, and almost double in scalability.
Related – IP ROUTING ON 2960 SWITCH
They are the greenest Cisco Catalyst access switches ever. These switches are built to reduce total cost of ownership.
Compared with Cisco 2960-X (excludes XR series) added features are enlisted below :
- Dual-core CPU at 600 MHz
- Cisco FlexStack-Plus stacking with 80 Gbps bandwidth and up to 8-member stack
- NetFlow-Lite on all downlink and uplink ports
- Switch Hibernation mode integrated with Cisco EnergyWise
- Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) downlink ports
- 24 port fan less model with 2 SFP and 2* 10/100/1000 uplinks.
Difference between 2960-X and 2960-S
Below table shares the difference between 2960-X and 2960-S series switches –
|PARAMETER||CISCO 2960-X||CISCO 2960-S
|Indicative list price||$6800||$8495
|Stacking bandwidth ||80 Gbps||40 Gbps
|Stack members ||8||4|
|SDN Support (Cisco onePK)||Yes||No|
|Total VLANs||4096 (Only 1023 Active)||255|
|CPU||Dual Core||Single Core|
|Dimension ||1 Rack Unit (W x H x D) 17.5 x 1.75 x 14.50 in||1 Rack Unit (W x H x D) 17.5 x 1.73 x 9.3 in
|DRAM||512 MB||256 MB
|IGMP Group and Multicast Routes||1K||228
|Egress Buffer (Total)||4 MB||2 MB|
|EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet)||Yes||No
|MACSec (HW Ready)||Yes||No
Download the difference table here.