December 2, 2009

Evaluating and Enhancing Green Practices with Cisco Catalyst Switching

  • Cisco Systems

National security, environmental, and resource supply issues will drive governments to implement green initiatives and incentives. There will be business ramifications as a result of policies implemented by local, state, and federal governments around the world. As traditional energy supplies decrease and newer, but more costly, renewable supplies are brought online, organizations will be forced to look for more efficient ways to deploy their data networks to meet stricter government regulations and prevent a bottom-line impact.


Cisco has recognized this impending impact on the IT community for some time and has been building products and developing new technologies to assist organizations in this transition. This document describes the Green Operations and Characteristics of the Cisco® Catalyst® Series Switches. These switches include the 6500 Series, 4500 Series, 3750 Series, 3560 Series, and 2960 Series Switches. These Cisco Catalyst switch families offer the latest technologies to enable organizations to meet the green requirements of today while providing flexible architectures to address the necessities of tomorrow. This paper covers the following topics:

  • Energy Savings
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Innovative Business Practices
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Whether your primary incentive for “Going Green” is financial for reduced energy costs, social consciousness for reducing your “carbon footprint,” of a combination of these factors, the “Green” initiatives are becoming more of a mandate than simply a good idea.

As noted in the paper, “As we move forward into the 21st century, organizations will face added pressure to become more environmentally friendly as a result of changing public perception about our impact upon our environment. Responding to these changing perceptions, governments around the globe have already begun to enact tougher environmental policies to address national security, environmental and resource supply concerns. To comply with these policies and prevent a bottom-line impact, organizations are looking at ways to transition to more efficient data networks.”

This paper does an excellent job of looking at various ways that your network can become greener and factors that need to be considered regardless of your exact equipment supplier.

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