Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series

Introduction

What is New in 2960-X Series
Common features on 2960-X and 2960-XR

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Feature

Benefit

NetFlow-Lite

Traffic Visibility to Plan and Monitor Network

FlexStack-Plus

Simplifies Management with Increased Scale
(80Gbps & members) and Resiliency

Mixed Stack with 2960-S

Investment Protection

Switch Hibernation Mode

Save power when switch is not in use

EEE

Save power during gaps in data streams

Lower Power Consumption

Saves power and less cooling requirement

Cisco Trust Anchor

Secured boot with Signed IOS Image

IPv6 Features

Prepared for IPv6 transition

What is New in 2960-XR Only
Features supported only on 2960-XR
Feature

Benefit

Dual FRU Power Supply with integrated Fan

Zero Foot print Power Supply Redundancy

IP Lite

Introducing L3 Features in 2k seies

Configurable 8 queues per port

QoS Granularity (Standalone)

Hardware Enhancement in 2960-X Vs 2960-S
Common features on 2960-X and 2960-XR

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Feature

Benefit

Faster Dual Core CPU @600MHz

Increase in Performance

Larger TCAM

Larger table size-L2, multicast, Security, QoS

Larger DRAM-512MB

Increase in Speed and Performance

Larger Flash-256MB

Scope to add more IOS features

Larger Egress Buffer-4MB

Better QoS performance

256 Ingress Policers

Better QoS across traffic classes

Fan Less SKU (2960-X Switch)

24 Port SKU with 8 PoE ports, non stackable
SKU, Two 1G SFP & Two 1G Copper uplinks

Catalyst 2960-X Series License based SKUs
Platform

LAN Lite (Basic L2)

LAN Base (L2)

IP Lite* (L3)

2960-X

Yes

Yes

No

2960-XR

No

No

Yes


Single Universal IOS Software Image for 2960-X & 2960-XR SKUs
Fixed License SKUs, no license upgrade option.

2960-XR IP Lite Feature Highlights
Features

Features

Features

RIP v1 & v2

OSPF v2 & v3 Stub

EIGRP Stub

Policy Based Routing

OSPF v2 & v3 Stub

PIM (SM, DM, SDM, SSM)

PIM Multicast Routing (IPv4
& IPv6)

Equal Cost Routing

VRRP for IPv4

DHCP v6 (Client, server,
relay)

HSRP (IPv4 & IPv6)

Smart Logging & Telemetry

Per VLAN or Per Port Policer

SSH2 Client

PVLAN

Catalyst 2960-X Series H/W Characteristics

2960-X
LAN Lite

2960-X
LAN Base

2960-XR
IP Lite

Yes

Yes

Yes

DRAM (DDR3)

256MB

512MB

512MB

Flash On board

64MB

128MB

128MB

Stacking (module)

N/A

FlexStack-Plus
Optional module

FlexStack-Plus
Optional module

Power Supply

Single Fixed

Single Fixed

Dual FRU

Dual
CPU@600MHz

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Core

RPS

No

Yes

No

Max PoE Budget

N/A

740W

740W

Uplinks (fixed)

2 SFP

2 SFP+/
4 SFP

2 SFP+/
4 SFP

per

No

256

256

Storage

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ingress
port

Policers

USB Flash
(type A)

Catalyst 2960-X Series Management
• 2960-X Series provide following Management Ports
• 10/100 Ethernet for Out Of Band (OOB) network management.
• RJ45 Console Port.
• USB Console Port, Mini-B
• USB Bluetooth Type A Console Port. (hardware ready)
• USB Console has priority over RJ45 Console.
• Multi color System LEDs used for physical debugging using Mode button.
• Mode Button held for more than 10 sec will reset the switch.

Catalyst 2960-XR PoE Budget
Maximum PoE budget on 2960-XR switches is fixed for the model
Model

Primary
Power
Supply

Secondary
Power
Supply

(15.4W)
Ports

Available
PoE
Budget

WS-C2960XR-48FPD-L

1025W

-

48

740W

WS-C2960XR-48FPS-L

1025W

1025W

WS-C2960XR-48FPS-I

640W

640W

WS-C2960XR-48LPD-L

1025W

-

24

370W

640W

-

WS-C2960XR-48FPD-I

WS-C2960XR-48LPS-L
WS-C2960XR-48LPD-I
WS-C2960XR-48LPS-I
WS-C2960XR-24PD-L
WS-C2960XR-24PS-L
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WS-C2960XR-24PD-I

640W

640W

WS-C2960XR-24PS-I

Field Removable Power Supplies for 2960-XR
Delivering Power Availability and Flexibility

• 2960-XR three Power Supply options
 1025W AC -> 740W (PoE+)
 640W AC -> 370W (PoE+)
 250W AC
• 1+1 Power Redundancy
• Fans integrated with FRU Power Supply
• Up to 740W of PoE with redundancy
• DC Power Supply on Road Map

Power Resiliency
• Dual Field Removable Power Supplies
• “Zero-footprint” RPS i.e. power supply redundancy without an RPS
• Intelligent power shedding—turn off low priority PoE end devices in the event of a power
supply failure
• Stack Power is NOT Supported

Introducing FlexStack-Plus on 2960-X Series

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Hot swappable FlexStack-Plus modules
Stack up to 8 switches – 400 ports
Faster Stack Convergence - 100ms
40 Gbps of stack bandwidth per stack port. Total 80 Gbps stack bandwidth with two stack
ports.
Backward Compatible with FlexStack
Support Mix Stack - Stack of 2960-S & 2960-X
Share uplinks for redundancy if one switch fails
Apply features across stack members including QoS, Etherchannel
FlexStack modules and FlexStack-Plus modules are not interchangeable.

Benefits
Investment Protection – works with older switches
Unparalleled Scalability – room to grow in capacity
Mission Critical - resilience against failures

Note:
The form factor of FlexStack and FlexStack-Plus modules is different , so they can’t be
interchanged.
Each Stack port can handle 20Gb bidirectional traffic, so bandwidth per stack port is 40Gbps
(20*2). There are two stack ports per switch which can connect to two different members. So the
effective stack bandwidth is 80Gbps (40*2).

Catalyst 2960-X FlexStack-Plus Stacking







Stack link topology change is handled in HW
Cross-stack EtherChannel, SPAN, and FlexLink supported EtherChannel physical links
across stack members
Pre-Provisioning of stack members
Easy member addition and replacement
Configurable Stack Master, same Master election rules as StackWise Plus
Supports CISCO-STACKWISE-MIB
Single Spanning tree node: No spanning-tree across stack

2960-S & 2960-X Mixed Stack Characteristics
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Mixed Stack – 2960-X Stack with 2960-S switches.
2960-X LAN Base models only can form Mixed Stack.
2960-XR IP Lite models can’t form Mixed Stack.
Mixed Stack can be formed with 2960-S as master or member.
The stack port speed needs to be changed on 2960-X to stack with 2960-S
Switch(config)#switch stack port-speed 10
2960-S based SDM template (default / lanbase-routing) needs to be selected in 2960-X series
to form Mixed Stack.
The capabilities & features of Mixed Stack are limited to 2960-S capabilities.
The Stack bandwidth is limited to 40Gbps (20Gbps per stack port)
The maximum number of stack members is restricted to 4 in Mixed Stack.

Note:
IP Lite SKUs can not be stacked with LAN Base SKUs

Mix Stack Combinations

2960-S/SF
LAN Base

2960-X
LAN Base

2960-XR
IP Lite

2960-S/SF
LAN Base

Yes

Yes

No

2960-X
LAN Base

Yes

Yes

No

2960-XR
IP Base

No

No

Yes

TCAM Resources-SDM Templates

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Note:

If default or lanbase-routing SDM templates are chosen on 2960-X Series, the available
TCAM resources are not fully used. These SDM templates should be used only to form
Mixed stack with 2960-S.
IP Lite models can not form mixed stack so the 290-S based SDM templates are not available
on 2960-XR IP Lite models.

C2960-S & 2960-X Comparisons

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Note:

There are no plans to EoS for 2960-S before FY2016
250 IPv6 QoS ACEs are only supported on 2960-XR IP Lite with default template, 500 IPv6
QoS ACEs are supported with ipv4 template.

New-Lifetime Warranty on the 2960X & 2960XR

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Note:
It is important to remember that technical services like SMARTnet, offer much greater support
than is provided by the warranty. Additional service features can include premium advance
hardware replacement options such as 4-hour or 2-hour parts delivery, and access to our extensive
online tools and support including online TAC service requests. A technical service contract also
provides TAC support beyond 90-days and advanced trouble-shooting of systemic failures,
multiprotocol issues and network level diagnostics.
Cisco SMARTnet Service facilitates rapid problem resolution and improves operational
efficiency through a combination of expert troubleshooting assistance, online tools, and flexible
device coverage options. Customers experience the benefits of greater network availability while
reducing operating costs.
Anytime access to Cisco engineers and technical resources
Cisco SMARTnet Service is an award-winning technical support service that offers direct, anytime
access to Cisco engineers and an extensive range of technical resources. Cisco SMARTnet
delivers rapid issue resolution, flexible device-by-device coverage, and premium service options
to help maximize operational efficiency.





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Global access 24 hours a day, 365 a year to specialized engineers in the Cisco TAC
Anytime access to the extensive Cisco.com online knowledge base, resources, and tools
Next-business-day advance hardware replacement (premium service level options for 2-hour
and 4-hour replacement also available). Return for repair option is also available.
Ongoing operating system software updates within your licensed feature set
Proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on select devices with Smart Call Home*

In addition, Cisco SMARTnet Onsite Service is an option that provides a field engineer to install
replacement parts at your location and help ensure that your network operates at the highest levels.
This service is appropriate for any sized network and is a Cisco delivered service.
Cisco Smart Foundation Service is specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses.
This service provides simplified, cost-effective support to help customers ensure operational
reliability and protect technology investments. Cisco Smart Foundation Service provides business
hours access to Cisco TAC, Next Business Day advance hardware replacement, operating system
software updates for bug fixes for your licensed feature set including premium images, and access
to specialized network troubleshooting tools designed for small and medium businesses.
* Smart Call Home is an embedded SMARTnet support feature, available on select devices at no
additional cost. Provides proactive diagnostics, real-time alerts, and remediation steps for issue
resolution. Often, problems are solved before business is affected.

Advantages of Catalyst 2960-X Series
Extending Intelligent Services, Security and Energy Efficiency

Intelligent Services of Catalyst 2960-X Series
Accelerate Common Life Cycle Activities

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