Cisco announces new networking products for digital buildings

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Enterprise networking major Cisco announced the Catalyst Digital Building Series Switch, the first switch built specifically for the needs of digital buildings.

This product connects building systems onto a single, low-voltage IP network.  The networking giant said this offering is a milestone in Cisco’s smart building vision.

Cisco is using a new digital network architecture — Cisco DNA — to build more automated, responsive, self-driving networks.

The US-based technology company said the new product supports convergence by allowing disparate systems like lighting, HVAC, and badging manageable on the same switch.

This is due to the switch’s support of a key IoT protocol called the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) — an industry first.

The switch supports bigger, brighter lighting fixtures — and can get the power back on within 5 seconds of a power outage. The 60W per-port Cisco UPOE technology delivers twice the power of current PoE+.

The easy to install switch can be deployed using Bluetooth and a mobile app. Its fanless design makes it noise-free and ideal for hospitals, retail shops, hotels, and the workplace.

Early adopters of the product include Texas-based property development firm Sinclair Holdings. It wanted to include all the digital bells and whistles for guests. They also wanted to shrink energy bills and make installation a breeze.

With Cisco switch in place, the hotel experienced a 50 percent reduction in energy costs! Powered by Cisco’s new switch, the property is scheduled for completion next summer. It will feature motorized blinds, as well as temperature and lighting control.

Cisco also announced that its Tetration Analytics now automates policy enforcement, enabling organizations to build secure environments for their business applications and also expands Tetration with new deployment options.

Cisco’s latest software for Tetration Analytics now provides the industry’s first consistent security policy enforcement across each application.

Policy is enforced regardless of where the application resides: virtual, bare metal, physical servers, or in private or public clouds, across any vendor’s infrastructure. This new enforcement model binds policies to workload characteristics and behaviors while ensuring that the policy stays intact even as the workload moves.

Tetration Analytics takes micro-segmentation — a security technique enabling workload separation-which consistently drives policies across the application layer, regardless of where the application resides: virtualized, bare metal, physical servers, or in the cloud.

Policies can be pushed to any vendor’s firewall, and can be orchestrated at the network layer as well. Compared to static legacy solutions, Tetration provides actionable results dynamically based on behavior analysis of billions of flows, processes, and workload characteristics. Consistent policy is enforced through the workload agent for any workload, anywhere.

Cisco is also delivering two new deployment models for Tetration Analytics. In addition to the original large scale platform, Cisco offers a new smaller-scale platform, Tetration-M, suitable for deployments up to 1,000 workloads.

Cisco also introduced a new cloud appliance with software deployed in the public cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Tetration Cloud — also suitable for deployments up to 1000 workloads. Regardless of the deployment model, Tetration can monitor workloads in private as well as public clouds.

Arya MM
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