5 New Models
HP added five new models in the 2610 Series, including two models that support PoE, two models without PoE, and a hybrid model that supports a mix of PoE and non-PoE ports. The models provide 24 or 48 ports. Key in the new models is support for Access Control lists that let network administrators control inbound and outbound traffic. Support for industry-standard sFlow traffic sampling can provide greater visibility into what's happening on the network for traffic management. Combined with ProCurve's Network Immunity Manager, the sFlow monitoring can also be used to detect and prevent security threats."We've seen this in a number of places," said
Germanow. "Extreme early last summer introduced a brand new fully featured
10/100 switch that they've done very well with."
At the time, Extreme's Scott Lucas said that Extreme suspected that many
customers were buying Gigabit Ethernet switches because it was the only way to
get advanced features. "With [the new
X250] we can hit a sweet spot for telephony applications [that don't require
Gigabit speeds], but all need advanced security, high availability and so on. We're
providing those in speed and a form factor and price level that make sense,"
said Lucas, senior director of solutions marketing at Extreme Networks.
Security and a lingering cost sensitivity in some enterprises could be the
primary driver behind users' reluctance to adopt Gigabit Ethernet where the
speed is not needed, believes Katie Trippet, industry analyst at Synergy
"I think there's still that price-sensitive market, but older switches
Summit ACL features, so [ProCurve] added
security features to replace older-generation switches. Cost-sensitive
businesses like grocery store chains don't want to spend a dime more than they
have to, especially when they're hooking up printers and smaller devices to
store networks in multiple locations," she said.
The HP Switch 2610 Series models are available now with ProCurve's lifetime
The ProCurve 2610s follows into the market a 10/100 switch introduced last March by Nortel that offers PoE as well as another launched last April by Extreme Networks that offers advanced features at a lower price point than Gigabit Ethernet switches. Last September 3Com introduced the 10/100 Switch 4210 family, which supports more advanced security, PoE and management functions.