This product can connect up to four Cisco 2960-S Series switches in a "stack" that functions as a single logical switch. Each switch in the stack requires a separate stacking module. The product consists of the Cisco FlexStack stacking module (part number C2960S-STACK=) and 0.5-meter FlexStack cable (part number CAB-STK-E-0.5M). Additional FlexStack cables in lengths of 0.5 meters, 1 meter (part number CAB-STK-E-1M), and 3 meters (part number CAB-STK-E-3M) are available directly from Cisco.
Benefits for Organizations
A stack of switches can be simpler for organizations to manage than several individual switches. A stack can also provide more consistent network connectivity than individual switches.
- Single point of management: All switches in a stack are managed as a single device. All switches are automatically upgraded when the master switch receives a new software version.
- Built-in redundancy and high availability: The 10-Gbps FlexStack connections create two physical paths between any two stack members and multiple uplinks to the network. This means that losing one switch or one uplink interface does not prevent connectivity to the network.
- Scalability: When a switch is added to a stack, the stack configuration is automatically pushed to the new switch. FlexStack modules are hot-swappable, meaning an existing switch can remain online when installing the module.
More information about this product is available on the Cisco website.
Cisco will provide five years of hardware and software service and support ("SMARTnet") for this product.
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