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