The main problem is that the cost of 10GbE technology is still way out of the range of smaller businesses, so it's interesting to see Netgear launch a £675 8-port 10GbE switch, one of the first at this price level. Netgear has achieved this by using the copper-cabled standard (called 10GBase-T) rather than the more expensive fiber-based standard. A bonus is that the ports and cables are backwards-compatible with existing 10/100/1000Base-T gear. Netgear has also lowered the power consumption of the 10GBase-T ports to around the same as fiber kit, removing yet another barrier to entry.
You can read more about the new switches in my piece over on ZDNet UK.
|The £675 8-port XS708E is aimed at SMEs|
|XS712T - 12-port Smart switch|
|Top-of-the-range 24-port XSM7224 fully-managed switch|