Choosing which switch to use for your network can be very confusing. Especially today, where there are numerous models from different brands with various features available. This list is meant to give a brief description of what some popular networking brands have to offer.
The Brocade VDX 8000 seriesis composed of a highly scalable, low-latency, 1/10/40 GbE modular switches. It was designed to bring new levels of performance to the networking industry. The series is designed with capabilities that includes enhanced SDN support and 100GbE.
The MDS 9000 series is designed to offer high-end distributed fabric and multiprotocol services. It features a compact form factor and a FC switch capable of supporting up to 66 ports. Network security, IPv6 readiness, and expansion slot capability are all parts of its great design. Perfect for a low-cost solution to remote branch and departmental Storage Area Networks.
The 7500 series is HP’s solution for your modular switching needs. They offer 40 GbE connectivity and 10 GBE ports with a multi-layer chassis that can be deployed in various network environments. It also supports load sharing, redundant management, ipv6 functionality, and delivers high-speed layer 2 and 3 services. Suitable for aggregation layer, LAN core, and wiring closet edge environments.
- Juniper Networks
High-performance modular switches needed for core networks, data centers, and campus aggregations are provided to you by Juniper Networks’ EX8200 series. Juniper Virtual Chassis Technology allow four connected EX8200 devices to function as a single unit. The chassis can support a data transfer rate of up to 1.9 billion pps (packets/second).
Fixed (Managed) Type
Avaya’s Ethernet Routing 8800 line designed for fixed switching features redundant fans, hot-swappable modules, and power supplies. Chassis options vary from 3 up to 10 slots and 12 up to a maximum of 48 ports. They offer always-on application access and high reliability for all your networking needs.
Brocade’s VDX 6700 line features Ethernet fabric ToR switches with 10 GbE ports and 40 GbE uplinks. Dual-speed functionality is available which when coupled with VCS Fabric technology, deliver high performance and low latency. It supports deployment with 1000BASET and can be upgraded to 10GBASE-T which makes it suitable for high-demand virtual data center environments
The Catalyst 3750 v2 series is Cisco’s line of managed Layer 3 Fa stackable switches featuring energy-efficiency via Cisco Energy Wise technology. It suits multiple environments such as enterprise and branch environments.Voice, data, and video can easily be integrated into the network. An advanced software package is available depending on your networking requirements.
The Enterasys C5 line is a high quality range of managed switches capable of multi-layer switching and supporting high density Ethernet ports. It supports the latest standards for dynamic routing and switching. The new 802.3at high-power PoE is incorporated on all ports to provide increased power provisions. This makes the C5 into a very cost-effective alternative to separate PoEmidspans.
The HP 6600 managed switch series is comprised ofserver edge devices. The programmable ProVision ASIC ensures that advanced QoS and security can be implemented in a granular and scalable way. The product line features airflow reversal technology and fans and power supplies that are redundant. All this translates to reduced operational expense and ease of deployment.
- Black Box
Black Box makes switching easy with its varied range of switches. They offer 5-port and up to 24-port devices. This includes special features such as USB powered and ultra-portable palm-sized switches.
D-Link offers a range of switches not needing to be programmed from Fa to GbE. These are also called unmanaged switches. They range from 5 ports all the way up to 24 ports for all your networking needs.
NETGEAR has two divisions for its switches, the Home and the Business models. Both has either a Fast or Gigabit Ethernet option. The Home division consists of its SOHO models which feature energy and cost savings as well as 5 to 12 port connectivity. The Business division’s flagship series is called the Plus switches. These offer higher specs and added intelligence in the most cost-effective solution.
TRENDnet imbues its devices with GREENnet that offers up to 70% energy cost savings and plug-and-play technology. The devices come in the option of either 10/100 Ethernet or Gigabit technology varying from 5 to 24 ports, all of which are design with a compact form factor.