Catalyst 3550

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-06-11 Print this article Print

-12T"> Catalyst 3550-12T

A good fit for midsize organizations that anticipate building on a Gigabit Ethernet backbone, Ciscos Catalyst 3550-12T is a 1U, 12-port 1000T Gigabit-over-copper aggregation switch.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The Catalyst 3550-12T likely has more capacity than most shops need at the moment.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Gigabit-over-copper technology will become more attractive for server farms as the price of 1000T NICs drops.

Easy to configure and set up; plenty of ports for midsize shops.

Performance comes in a shade under wire speed in some rigorous tests.

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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