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Benefits of Upgrading to the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms Family At-a-Glance

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Why upgrade

Deliver a Better Experience in SD-WAN with the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms Family

Cisco® Catalyst® 8000 Edge Platforms provide flexible, secure, and scalable SD-WAN.

Advanced features lead the industry in networking and security performance. A flexible interface provides more options and faster ports than competitive platforms, all in a cost-saving industrial design.

Enable the latest capabilities like Cloud OnRamp for IaaS and SaaS applications, multiGigabit 5G wireless SD-WAN links, and a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture.

Hardware-anchored authentication methods provide operational integrity and secures zero-touch provisioning across your entire network.

Transform your branch, core, campus and colocation facilities into a new WAN edge and improve your overall cloud experience.

Cisco Catalyst 8000: Software-Defined Networking and Security all in one

Table 1.        Modular access edge platforms

Features

Features

Cisco vEdge 2000

Cisco ISR 4000*

Cisco Catalyst 8200

Cisco Catalyst 8300

Benefits

*Excludes 4461

Performance

Max SD-WAN Throughput (IMIX Packets)

2Gbps

1.4Gbps

1Gbps

5Gbps

Connect more devices, increase performance and improve the application experience

Max SD-WAN Tunnels

6000

4,000

2,500

6,000

Connect more devices to cloud networks with greater tunnel capacity

Accelerated Crypto

wrong

wrong

right

right

Secure SD-WAN traffic with faster encryption performed at the silicon layer

Max DRAM

Up to 32GB

Up to 16GB

Up to 32GB

Up to 32GB

Greater memory capabilities deliver high performance and large-scale services, such as IPSEC, NAT, Zone-Based Firewall, and DPI. Along with capacity for multiple SDWAN Security applications

Digital Experience Monitoring via ThousandEyes

wrong

Varies

right

right

Connect users to cloud applications over the internet with greater confidence thanks to accurate path and BGP visualization from ThousandEyes

Security

Trust Anchor 2.0

wrong

wrong

right

right

Cisco Trust Ancor 2.0 immutable hardware-anchored security will secure your SD-WAN fabric with reliable device authenticity and integrity checks

Multilayer security

wrong

right

right

right

Protect your enterprise network with a full stack of security functions that include Cisco Umbrella®, Snort® IPS, Cisco Malware Defense, an Enterprise Firewall and more.

Design

On-Device RFID and QR codes

wrong

wrong

right

right

On-device RFID and QR codes make platform identification simple with improved inventory management.

Improved air flow

wrong

wrong

right

right

Circular hex pattern for reduced electric cooling costs in stylish design, courtesy of Pininfarina

Compact design

wrong

wrong

right

wrong

Greatly improve flexibility with a sub-12-inch platform depth and connect SD-WAN almost anywhere

Rounded Edges

wrong

wrong

right

right

Provides for safe handling, storage and operation in tight spaces, all in a modern design

Interface

Embedded port density

4

3

4

4

Greater connectivity and high-availability options for the branch.

Pluggable Interface Module (PIM) support

right

wrong

right

right

Improved functionality with embedded support for the latest wireless technology including 5G

Multigiabit 5G Support

wrong

wrong

right

right

Multigigabit Sub 6Ghz and mmWave cellular edge routing support improves WAN edge cost, reliability and end-user experience

Table 2.        Aggregation edge platforms

Capabilities

Features

Cisco vEdge 5000

Cisco ASR 1000 Series

Cisco Catalyst 8500

Benefits

Performance

Max SD-WAN Throughput

(IMIX Packets)

5Gbps

Up to 20Gbps (ASR1000 Fixed platforms)

Up to 53 Gbps (ASR1000 Modular Platforms)

Up to 31.9Gbps

Connect more devices, increase performance and improve the application experience

Max SD-WAN Tunnels

6000

6000

8000

Connect more devices to cloud networks with greater tunnel capacity

Accelerated Crypto

wrong

right

right

Secure SD-WAN traffic with faster encryption performed at the silicon layer

Max DRAM

Up to 8GB

Up to 32GB

Up to 64GB

Improve application performance with more memory and scalable infrastructure

 

40G/100G WAN

wrong

right

Aggregate more SD-WAN traffic with greater headend capabilities.

Security

Trust Anchor 2.0

wrong

right

right

Secure the SD-WAN fabric with reliable device authenticity and integrity checks, immutable hardware-anchored security, and customer verification capabilities.

Multilayer security

wrong

right

right

Protect your enterprise network with on-premise FW or cloud-based Umbrella SIG.

Design

On-Device RFID and QR codes

wrong

wrong

right

On-device RFID and QR codes make platform identification simple with improved inventory management.

Improved air flow

wrong

right

right

Circular hex pattern for improved device cooling and reduced op-ex electricity costs.

Compact design

1RU

1RU/2RU

1RU

Greatly improve flexibility with a 1RU form factor headend.

Interface flexibility

Built-in 1GE

wrong (PIM only)

right

right

Higher WAN port density allows for more connectivity options and better performance. Aggregate more traffic with higher speed ports.

Built-in 10GE

wrong (PIM only)

right

right

Higher WAN port density allows for more connectivity options and better performance. Aggregate more traffic with higher speed ports.

Built-in 10GE

wrong

wrong

right

Higher WAN port density allows for more connectivity options and better performance. Aggregate more traffic with higher speed ports.

Built-in 40GE

wrong

wrong

right

Higher WAN port density allows for more connectivity options and better performance. Aggregate more traffic with higher speed ports.

Table 3.        Virtualization edge platforms

Capabilities

Features

Cisco ENCS 5100

Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series Edge uCPE

Benefits

Performance and Flexibility

Number of VMs/VNFs

Up to 2

Up to 4

Scale performance with greater flexibility, more services, and support for a higher number of applications

Modularity

wrong

right

Greatly improved connectivity options by using a combination of one NIM and one PIM module.

Accelerated Crypto

wrong

right

Secure SD-WAN traffic with faster encryption performed at the silicon layer

DRAM (Default/Max)

16/32G

16/64G

2x memory resources provide scalable edge compute and consistent performance.

Security

Trust Anchor 2.0

wrong

right

Cisco Trust Ancor 2.0 immutable hardware-anchored security will secure your SD-WAN fabric with reliable device authenticity and integrity checks

Multilayer security

wrong

right

Protect your enterprise network with a full stack of security functions that include Cisco Umbrella®, Snort® IPS, Cisco Malware Defense, an Enterprise Firewall and more.

Design

On-Device RFID and QR codes

wrong

right

On-device QR code improves asset management, making platform inventory fast and simple.

Improved air flow

wrong

right

Pininfarina designed circular hex pattern for reduced electric cooling costs.

Compact design

right

right

Reduce your branch footprint with this platform, which is less than 12” deep.

Interface

Embedded port density

4

6

Greater connectivity and high-availability options for the branch.

LTE/5G Support

wrong

right

Supports LTE PIM Modules, investment protection, expanded transformation, and added application reliability.

Expandable Storage Options

wrong

right

Ample storage to support today’s analytics and edge computing applications

Table 4.        Virtual routing platforms

Capabilities

Features

Cisco vEdgeV

Cisco CSR 1000V

Cisco Catalyst 8000V

Benefits

Multicloud

Cloud OnRamp for IaaS

right

right

wrong

Automates and seamlessly connects enterprise networks to the leading public clouds allowing SD-WAN policy to be extended into the cloud infrastructure.

Cloud OnRamp for SaaS

wrong

right

right

Uses real-time analytics to steer users over the best path for optimal site-to-application performance, supporting 14 popular SaaS applications like Microsoft 365.

Cloud OnRamp for Colocation

wrong

right

right

Aggregates branch offices in key regional colocations and allows IT operators to securely deploy multicloud network services at the network edge for enhanced quality of service, simplified management, and increased security.

Cloud Hub

wrong

wrong

right

Interconnects branch sites, on-prem data centers, and the cloud using a cloud service provider’s backbone as an underlay. Reduces provisioning from months to minutes with site-to-cloud network automation.

Cloud Interconnect

wrong

right

right

Uses a cloud agnostic backbone to connect site-to-site and site-to-multiple clouds and automates on-demand connectivity between multiple sites and to the world’s leading cloud provider networks directly from your SD-WAN controller.

Additional resources

      Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms Family

      Cisco SD-WAN

      Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp

      Cisco SD-WAN Security

      Cisco SASE

 

 

 

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