The company also rolled out a set of interfaces and performance-enhancing features for models in its 7000 series of routers that are deployed at the edge of enterprise and service-provider networks.
In the past, some Cisco products have offered security features such as VPN (virtual private network) capability and IPSec (IP Security) encryption but have forced customers to choose between enabling those features and achieving optimal performance. The enhancements announced yesterday make that trade-off unnecessary.
The Cisco 3700 series routers are designed to allow enterprises to combine in one box wide-area network routing, low-density switching, IP telephony and a voice gateway for linking traditional phone systems with a data network, according to Dave Frampton, senior director of product management at Cisco.
Cisco's IP phones can be plugged into switch ports on the devices, and a power supply can be included in the box that will power the phones through the network cable, removing the need for a separate power cord.
An interface module for the 3600 and 3700 Series routers, the latest members of Cisco's 2600 and 1700 access router lines and three new broadband routers for small and remote offices will ship by the end of May.
Hardware and software enhancements to the 7000 Series routers are designed to boost performance and to offer more advanced services such as quality of service, security and high network availability.
They include availability of Cisco's AToM (Any Transport over MPLS) technology, which lets carriers converge multiple transport technologies such as Frame Relay and ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) on to an IP MPLS core.
The company announced enhancements to the Cisco 7300 and 7600 Series routers that will ship by the end of this month and the latest offerings for the Cisco 7500 Series that will be out by the end of June.