As an SMB, you thought there are solutions/options completely out of your range – 10 Gigabit, Virtualization, Stacking, 16TB Storage, POE+, Layer 3, etc.

If I told you you can get all of the following (an entire future-proofed feature-rich SMB network with Storage) for under $10K, what would you say?

Network Infrastructure:


Storage (NAS):

  • Virtualization
  • 16 TB Storage
  • File Sharing and Backup
  • Video Editing
  • Storage costs – $3793 (pricing for part numbers below at CDW.com on 3/12/2014)

Amazing, isn’t it? Here’s the list of equipment that will get you there:

1x SG500X-24P – 24p Gigabit POE Stackable Switch
2x SFP-H10GB-CU1M – Coax Stack Cable
1x WAP321 – WIFI Access Point
1x RV320 – Router with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
1x TS-879-PRO-E10G – QNAP NAS with 8x 2TB drives, 10G, and 10GbE cable (combination of TS-879-PRO, LAN-10G2T-D, 8x ST2000DM001)
* This NAS is one of many options – specific one used here as an example

A decade ago, $10K would have gotten you just one 10 Gig port on a Switch and one 10 Gig Server adapter port.

What does this solution enable for your Business?

  • Future-proof your network – you are ready for the next generation – 802.11ac WIFI, 10-Gig Ethernet, IPv6, Virtualization, Server Consolidation, POE+, etc
    • You will be ready for whatever might be coming your way in the future
  • High performance – a major boost in network speed and application responsiveness
  • Easier deployment, troubleshooting and management:
    • Stacking capabilities in the Switches – both Local as well as Horizontal Stacking
    • Multiple options for management such as CLI, Web GUI, SNMP
    • Discovery such as CDP, LLDP, Bonjour
    • Cisco Auto Smartports and Network-wide Auto-Voice (patent-pending) for zero-touch deployment
    • Less complexity – fewer cables, manage as a single switch
  •  Cost-effectively add high-speed Servers/Storage/Desktops
    • Support for 10GBase-T interfaces and with this interface being integrated into motherboards (LOM), this provides the most cost-effective way to upgrade your Server/Storage farms or high-performance workstations such as CAD/CAM desktops
    • Can also connect over direct-attach coax (DAC) from switch to endpoints for short distances
    • When longer distances are required, the switches also support Fiber via the SFP+ ports
  • Lower your Opex by lower power consumption
    • This infrastructure facilitates Server consolidation with a single high-speed interface as opposed to multiple aggregated 1 Gig interfaces, reducing power consumption
    • 10GBase-T interfaces support EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet) which minimizes power consumption on the network
Cisco’s focus – to deliver the right product to the market at the right price point and this is clear evidence.

Now that is value for money, right?

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Ivor Diedricks

Sr. Product Manager - Enterprise Switching

Enterprise Networking Group (ENG)