Switch Brings Gigabit Ethernet to Desktop
Nortel Networks announced Monday two new switches in its BayStack product line, including a new entrant to bring Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop.Nortel Networks announced Monday two new switches in its BayStack product line, including a new entrant to bring Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop. The BayStack 380-24T switch supports 24 10/100/1000BaseT auto-sensing ports and is Nortels first foray into bringing Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop, said Todd McDole, the companys director of product management, in Santa Clara, Calif. The switch includes four mini gigabit fiber links back to the core network. The switch is addressing the increasing interest in Gigabit on the LAN as more desktops ship with Gigabit NICs (network interface cards) and enterprises consider pushing such high bandwidth out to desktops, McDole said.
Nortel also introduced the BayStack 470-48T stackable switch, which supports 48 10/100BaseT ports along with two Gigabit slots. The Layer 2 switch can stack up to eight high and includes integrated stacking connectors, which leaves both Gigabit slots free for connectivity, McDole said.