Dell Unveils New Switches
Dell unveiled three new PowerConnect managed network switches, including a new family of devices offering 24 or 48 Fast Ethernet ports.LAS VEGASDell Computer Corp. unveiled three new PowerConnect managed network switches, including a new family of devices offering 24 or 48 Fast Ethernet ports. The PowerConnect 3324 and 3348 Fast Ethernet switches, introduced at the N+I show here, will be available this summer, said Kim Goodman, vice president and general manager of Dells networking business. Meanwhile, the PowerConnect 5212 is available immediately, starting at $1,199. The 5212 is a 12-port Gigabit Ethernet switch aimed at mid-sized and large companies that need high-performance connectivity to such resources as servers or Gigabit connectivity to desktops. It also comes with management and security features such as SSL/SSH encryption of management traffic, dynamic VLans and integration into Dells OpenManage IT Assistant.
The 3324 will start at $549 and the 3348 at $999, and both will offer two built-in copper Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports with option fiber connectivity. Users can also stack the 1U systems via a Gigabit stacking module, enabling them to manage up to 192 Fast Ethernet ports as if they were one system, said Urlich Hansen, senior product manager for Dell networking.
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