HP bolsters small LAN network hardware

HP bolsters small LAN network hardware

Two new networking hardware and software products unveiled last week by Hewlett-Packard are intended to bring higher performance to small and medium businesses at a lower price.

The high-performance Gigabit-SX routing switch 6308M-SX is designed as a low-cost way to implement a wire-speed gigabit-based backbone with the same feature set as that of the larger routing switches, according to HP representatives. And the 6208M-SX is aimed at companies that are price-sensitive or do not need routing support but still want wire-speed gigabit capabilities from a Layer 2 switch.

The modules are part of the HP ProCurve line of networking equipment. Its charter is "to offer complete end-to-end local area network solutions and deliver high performance to local and campus backbone cores for small-to-medium-sized networks", according to the company. "We see this as an opportunity for medium-sized and large businesses," says Darla Sommerville, product marketing manager for HP ProCurve Networking.

"But [we] see that many small businesses will take this opportunity to use this as 'investment protection', installing the features they will need in the near future."

HP offers free software upgrades for switches, to bring older hardware up to speed.

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