Cisco raises Catalyst switch prices by up to 67%

Cisco is raising the price on older generation Catalyst switches in an effort to prod users into buying newer gear.

According to a Cisco document obtained by Network World, Cisco is raising the price of some Catalyst 3000, 4000 and 6000 series switches and associated products by up to 67% to encourage purchase of newer equipment. The price increases do not affect the new products, which include the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor 2T engine and the Catalyst 4500 Supervisor 8E.

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It does impact the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor 720, and older Catalyst 3750 and 3560 products are affected. New Catalyst 3850 and 3650 switches do not appear on the price increase document.

One increase impacts a Catalyst 6500 distributed forwarding card with the part number WS-F6700-DFC3CXL. The price has been raised from $15,000 to $25,000, an increase of 67%. Its replacements, parts WS-F6K-DFC4-AXL and WS-F6K-DFC4-EXL, are priced at $20,000, 33% higher than the DFC3CXL card.

The price increases take effect Nov. 2.

Below is a snapshot of the Catalyst 6000 product increases and replacement product pricing taken from the document. Network World is awaiting comment from Cisco on the authenticity of the document.

Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 27 years, 22 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.

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