Cisco Systems released Cisco® IOS® Software updates for Cisco Catalyst® 3750-E, 3750, 3560-E, 3560, and 2960 Series Catalyst Switches
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Cisco Systems announces the release of Cisco IOS ® Software Release 12.2(50)SE for Cisco Catalyst 3750-E,3560-E,3750,3560 and 2960 Series Switches. This new release from Cisco Systems introduces Energy wise technology and adds several enhancements in the areas of identity-based networking services and ease of use with Auto Smart ports.
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There are several new features included in this release, which are as following.
• Cisco EnergyWise: The inclusion of Cisco EnergyWise technology in this release enables companywide optimization of greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions by measuring, reporting, and reducing energy consumption across the entire corporate infrastructure.
• Identity-based networking: This release continues to enhance Cisco Identity-based Networking Services (IBNS) with several primary innovations to simplify configurations that support heterogeneous endpoint device environments. The release also includes innovations to transparently integrate with existing network and Internet Protocol Telephony (IPT) infrastructure and to provide IT administrators comprehensive policy enforcement options. These enhancements are covered in detail under “Security and Identity Enhancements” section.
• Auto Smartports: This release extends Smartports to allow dynamic switch port provisioning. The switch uses Cisco Discovery Protocol to determine the type of the device connected to the switch and automatically provisions the port based on the predefined macros. The switch integrates with RADIUS for device authentication and applies the macro based on the RADIUS-assigned tag.
• Wired location services: This enhancement enables switch port tracking of hosts or users connected to switches. As part of the location service, the switch integrates with Cisco wireless Mobility Services Engine, which can be used for host/user lookup in determining the switch connectivity for troubleshooting purposes.
• LLDP-MED integration for class of service/diff services code point (CoS/DSCP): Switch will signal CoS/DSCP settings to connected IP telephone using Link Layer Discovery Protocol for Media Endpoint Devices (LLDP-MED) (so that the IP telephone can use the values for communication)
• IP Source Guard (IPSG) and Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection (DAI) support for Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with LAN Base software: This release introduces IPSG and DAI capabilities for Layer 2 security.
• IPv6 packaging changes: Cisco has announced the end of life for Advanced IP Services (AIS). Functionality previously available in AIS has been migrated to IP Services or IP Base as documented in Table 1.