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Cisco Launches Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms : SASE ready, SDWAN enabled, Cloud integrated

Cisco Launches Cisco Catalyst 8000 edge routers for Secure Access Service Edge architecture.The major purpose of this catalyst 8000 is as SDWAN platform. The catalyst 8000 series platform is open and programmable and is extended to cloud platforms.

In Short, Cisco Launches SASE ready, SDWAN enabled, Cloud integrated, 5G ready with high performance Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge platforms

The Cisco 8000 Series Routers utilize the new IOS XR7 operating system (OS) platform to simplify operations for users and help reduce complexity. The Catalyst 8000 Edge family provides customers with a high-performance routing platform with built-in analytics for greater visibility into network or application problems. 


Fig 1.1- Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms


Cisco 8000 series Platform Physical and Virtual form factor

Cisco Catalyst 8500 Edge Platform
Cisco provides the Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platform for high performance in the SDWAN solution. Cisco confirmed that these catalyst platforms are the industry's highest performing SD-WAN with integrated 40G and 100G. The 8500 series is mainly focused for Datacenter and Large sites. 

Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platforms has two models

  1. C8500-12X4QC: 12x 1/10GE + 2x40GE + 2x40/100GE (max 240G ports)
  2. C8500-12X: 12x 1/10GE

C8500-12X4QC is the successor to the ASR 1002-HX, and the C8500-12X is the successor to the ASR 1001-HX

Note: Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platforms run a Cisco IOS XE single image, which supports both IOS XE and IOS XE SD-WAN inside a single binary file.

Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platforms provide support for NETCONF operations and YANG modeling using a combination of industry-wide common models and Cisco specific models.

The Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platform is made to handle edge connectivity at branch sites, offering modular access with a diverse set of connectivity choices for customers to deliver services on-demand. It also provides customers with up to four times better SD-WAN service performance than the current Cisco Integrated Services Routers, according to the company.

Cisco Catalyst 8300 Edge Platform
Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platforms include the following models

  1. C8300-2N2S-4T2X: Catalyst 8300 with 2 Service Module (SM) and 2 Network Interface Module (NIM) slots, and 2 x 10-Gigabit Ethernet and 4 x 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports
  2. C8300-2N2S-6T: Catalyst 8300 with 2 SM and 2 NIM slots, and 6 x 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports
  3. C8300-1N1S-4T2X: Catalyst 8300 with 1 SM slot and 1 NIM slot, and 2 x 10-Gigabit Ethernet and 4 x 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports
  4. C8300-1N1S-6T: Catalyst 8300 with 1 SM slot and 1 NIM slot, and 6 x 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports

when the deployment is software based, Catalyst 8000V Edge Software delivers all the same capabilities in software and can be deployed in the cloud or virtualized on a platform

The same SD-WAN management console used to control the Catalyst 8000 platform and all our edge devices also runs the Catalyst Cellular Gateway. Customers can seamlessly provision remote networks at scale and get enhanced visibility of their wireless WAN network with this easy plug-and-play device.

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