Thursday, 4 April 2013

Netgear unveils low-cost 10-Gigabit Ethernet switches

10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) might sound a bit over the top, but it's big business in big businesses. Those companies needing large amounts of bandwidth on their corporate networks are rapidly moving to this standard.

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

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