Catalyst 3550

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

-24 Switch"> Catalyst 3550-24 Switch

The Catalyst 3550-24 switch, part of Ciscos Intelligent Ethernet Switch line, is a solid performer, both as a capable wire-speed switch with lots of QOS and security features and as a highly manageable wire-closet workgroup switch.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Even though the Catalyst 3550-24 has handy new wizards, IT managers must still plan on extensive initial configuration—and thus, a significant implementation cost. The payoff is an increase in security and greater control over network traffic.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // To gain long-range savings, IT departments should ensure that configurations are periodically reviewed and that a strategy for ongoing maintenance is factored into the overall cost of the Catalyst 3550-24.

PROS // Shifts security and QOS decision making much closer to the desktop.

CONS // Significant configuration and maintenance costs; SPAN port-mirroring feature is limited.

Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif.; (800) 526-7208;

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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