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Core vs. Edge: Why It Matters When Choosing a Switch

For a more detailed description of this topic and what Cisco has to offer in this space, please see Understanding the different types of Ethernet Switches

 

It can mean the difference between dependable service and frustrating downtime

When considering buying a new switch for your small business, you need to ask yourself a few questions: How many devices will the switch need to support? What kinds of devices will I be connecting? Has our network grown to the point where we need a switch with more advanced management capabilities? And don’t forget one more important decision: whether this going to be a “core” or “edge” switch.

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Tolly Report: Cisco 300 Series Managed Switches

“Cisco has raised the bar for this product category.”

“The new Cisco 300 Series Switches offered the most extensive capabilities, best performance, lowest latency, lowest overall energy consumption, and best user experience of any product in the evaluation. Cisco has incorporated the most extensive IPv6 support Tolly has seen in this class of product, which is an increasingly important feature for businesses of all sizes now that the IPv4 address space is fully allocated.  The combination of an intuitive Web interface, delivering both simple and advanced configuration and management, and best-in-class pricing make these products ideal for the markets being served.”
-- Kevin Tolly, founder, The Tolly Group

Cisco Systems commissioned Tolly to evaluate several models of the new Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches along with comparable models from D-Link, HP Networking, and NETGEAR. In all, eleven switches were tested. Bottom line, the Cisco 300 Series 10/100 and GbE Managed Switches delivered:

  • Wire-speed, non-blocking, Layer 2 throughput at all frame sizes tested (64-1518 bytes)
  • Consistently low latency at all frame sizes
  • Best price/performance among switches tested
  • Most extensive feature set: IPv6, traffic shaping and rate limiting, scope of GUI-based configuration
  • Lowest power consumption in 2 of the 3 classes tested, and best-in-class power efficiency overall
  • Most extensive set of IPv6 protocol and application support
  • Best usability with a simplified user interface delivering both basic and advanced capabilities in an intuitive fashion

Check out the full report and give us your thoughts!

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Which Switch Is Right for Your Small Business?

Learn the difference between managed and unmanaged switches to choose the best device for your business

I talked briefly about the advantages of managed switches for your small business network, but in this post I’ll give you more information about both managed and unmanaged switches, so you can decide which is best for your company.

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