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In the last few years and with the explosion of the Internet of Things IoT phenomena, Network manufacturers became more aware of the important rule the IoT oriented devices will occupy, and hence they started to enhance their portfolio of those devices.
Cisco Systems, as one of the leaders of those manufacturers, paid a strong attention to this field, and they had a strong awareness of the statistics quoted from IDC which indicates that “As of the end of 2013, there were 9.1 billion IoT units installed, which we expect to grow at a 17.5% CAGR to 28.1 billion in 2020.” So they enhanced their ruggedized network devices’ portfolio to cover the different needs of the different scenarios and environments.
On top of those ruggedized devices are the Cisco IE switches, which form the networking infrastructure foundation for a wide array of technology industrial applications and processes, such as factory automation, intelligent transportation systems, Surveillance, and remote-monitoring systems, etc.
Those switches blend high availability technology with reliability to help the customer quickly scale their rapidly increasing network endpoints and applications while maintaining network-wide resilience. Cisco’s network as-a-sensor approach integrates cybersecurity throughout the network, maximizing security visibility and control and providing valuable insights into traffic flows, while continuously monitoring all network activity.
With Cisco IE Industrial switches, which are so reliable and include high-availability technology to ensure resilient networks, even in extreme industrial environments, a customer can reduce downtime. In the same time, the operational costs can be reduced with zero-touch deployment model which automates connecting thousands of new endpoints as part of the Internet of Things IoT deployments. All this using a single standardized Operating System OS, which can monitor, manage and react across the whole network, from any location, all this while focusing on security by using cyber and physical network-wide security policies that can deliver unparalleled visibility and control. On top of all those benefits, Cisco IE Series switches offer modular models that scale with IoT device growth and software licensing that gives the customer new and improved software features without hardware upgrades.
Cisco IE industrial switches’ portfolio includes many models, ranging from the Cisco IE 1000 Series which are the entry-level switches, to the Cisco IE 5000 Series which are 19-inch one-rack-unit multi-10 Gbps aggregation switches, but in this blog we will focus on the Cisco IE 3000 and IE 4000 series and spot the light on the differences between it in order to assist the customers to take the right decision when selecting their products during the design phase of their ruggedized network.
Despite the fact that the list of similarity between the Cisco Industrial switches 3000 and 4000 Series is not short, they do diverge from each other in the following points:
Cisco Industrial switch 4000 Series includes models with 1G downlink ports, whereas the 3000 Series only include 100Mbps downlink ports.
Since the above items are so important and can affect the choosing process between the 3000 and the 4000 Series, we can confidently say that those Series are cousins, not brothers, and each of them can perfectly suit a specific scenario better than the other. Please don’t hesitate to call us so our experts can further assist you to choose the model which best suits your needs.