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; www.cisco.com