HP ProCurve 6600
The 6600 series of datacentreswitches is designed to connect high performance servers to the network. Available in a 1RU form factor, the 6600 is suitable for use as a “top of cabinet” switch, and has intelligent energy and heat management technologies, according to the vendor. Several models are available, with up to 322Gbps switching and routing performance available in the version supporting 24 ports of SFP+ 10G Ethernet. Other models support up to 24 ports of 1 gigabit Ethernet with multiple 10G Ethernet uplinks. Security and traffi c management features are included, allowing policy-based network access and traffi c prioritisation to automatically follow servers and users wherever they may connect to the network. The HP ProCurve 6600 series supports IPv6 and IPv4, with IPv6 traffi c prioritisation and security access control lists possible via a fi rmware upgrade. Servers can be connected in active-active NIC confi gurations across multiple switches using layer 2 LACP groups. Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) is also available as an option.
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Juniper Networks EX 4200 series
These Ethernet switches include Virtual Chassis technology, and combine the high availability and carrier-class reliability of modular systems with the economics and fl exibility of stackable platforms. Juniper claims they deliver a scalable solution for datacentre, campus and branch offi ce environments. Offering a full suite of layer 2 and layer 3 switching capabilities as part of the base software, the switches can also be used for gigabit Ethernet (GbE) aggregation deployments. A single 24-port or 48-port switch can be deployed initially, with Juniper Virtual Chassis technology allowing up to 10 EX 4200 series switches to be interconnected over a 128Gbps backplane and managed as a single device, delivering a scalable solution. Flexible Ethernet and 10GbE uplink options enable highspeed connectivity to aggregation- or core-layer switches which connect multiple fl oors or buildings. The 4200 series supports eight QoS queues per port to assist with prioritising traffi c, as well as Juniper’s Unifi ed Access Control security tools.
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Cisco Nexus 5020 56-Port Switch
This is a two rack-unit (2RU), 10 gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel switch built to provide 1.04Tbps throughput with low latency. It has 40 fi xed 10 gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports. Two expansion module slots can be confi gured to support up to 12 additional ports, or up to 16 Fibre Channel switch ports, or a combination of both. The switch has a serial console port and an out-of-band 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet management port. It is powered by 1+1 redundant, hotpluggable power supplies and 4+1 redundant, hot-pluggable fan modules to provide highly reliable, front-to-back cooling. One of a series of switches, the Nexus 5000 Series is designed for datacentres transitioning to 10 gigabit Ethernet as well as for those ready to deploy a unifi ed fabric that can handle their LAN, SAN and server clusters, networking over a single link (or dual links for redundancy).
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One of four environmentally friendly small office/ home offi ce (SOHO) unmanaged gigabit switches shipping this year, the D-Link eight-port DGS- 1008D is part of the vendor’s green technology computing initiative around manufacturing environmentally-responsible products, ecofriendly packaging, optimising devices for energy star certifi cation, and providing consumer education and recycling programs. When connected and powered down, the DGS-1005D switch can save up to 73 per cent compared with non-Green D-Link conventional switches, according to D-Link. The same device, when used for 10 hours and then powered down for 14 hours over a 24-hour period, or when connected via Ethernet cables, represents a 66 per cent energy reduction. The DGS-1005D can be used on the desktop or wall mounted and features an 8000 MAC address table, 802.3x fl ow control for full duplex mode, and plug-and-play capability. Other forthcoming products in the power-saving range are the next-generation 8-port Gigabit Desktop Switch (DGS-1008D), 16-port (DGS-1016D) and 24-port (DGS-1024D) unmanaged gigabit switches.
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Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5632FD
The 5632FD is one of the latest additions to Nortel’s cost-effective, high-performance unifi ed communications infrastructure range. One of fi ve products in the ERS 5600 series, the switch is equally at home on the edge, or within distribution and core layers of the network, as it is in the datacentre. It comes with either Power over Ethernet or non-PoE and up to 96 Gigabit ports, as well as all-optical connectivity and built-in security features. The 5632FD incorporates 24 1000Base-X SFP ports and eight 10GBase-X XFP ports and is suitable for the data aggregation applications, with non-blocking providing wire-speed performance on all ports. The switch also includes two built-in FAST stacking ports in a compact 1.5RU high design incorporating redundant power supplies. Other features include advanced layer 3 routing including multicast (PIMSM) and IGMP snooping. The switch is also stack-compatible with ERS 5500 models for additional fl exibility and investment protection, giving enterprises more choices as they look to cut costs, the vendor claims.
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3Com Intelligent Management Center Enterprise Edition
Intelligent Management Center (IMC) Enterprise Edition aims to provide a self-contained, comprehensive management platform with the required fl exibility and scalability to meet the needs of advanced enterprise networks. This software-based management suite is designed on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) using a business application fl ow model as the core, and has an on-demand, modularised structure. It allows for the integration of traditionally separate tools to manage resources, services and users, and enables the effi cient implementation of end-to-end business management, 3Com claims. IMC Enterprise Edition provides discovery and topology mapping of network infrastructure, VLAN management, network traffi c analysis, software agent deployment tools and confi gured backup and restore. It is compatible with Windows Server 2003 and supports the management of 3Com, H3C and third-party devices. IMC licences are based on the number of devices requiring management. IMC Enterprise Edition supports up to 200 managed devices. Additional node licences can be bought to extend limits from 100 nodes to unlimited.
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