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The new PowerConnect 2508, an 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses link together several workgroups and servers at high speed. Dell has priced this box at $499 (£355).
The second device is the PowerConnect 2124, a 24 100Mbps Fast Ethernet port equipped with a single Gigabit Ethernet uplink port. According to Dell this device can be used as a high-speed interconnect for workstations and printers as well as PCs. The PowerConnect 2124 is priced at $299 (£212).
Kim Crawford, vice-president and general manager of Dell's networking business said a company with about 100 employees might deploy a PowerConnect 2124 to give network access to users in five separate workgroups. The PowerConnect 2508 could then be used to aggregate the traffic from each of those workgroups as well as provide a Gigabit Ethernet connection to each of three servers.
The two switches expand the company's networking options to include an unmanaged all-Gigabit Ethernet switch for the core of company networks and an unmanaged high-speed workgroup switch.
Dell began selling network equipment for small and medium-size businesses last September after seeing those products start to become a standardised commodity suited to Dell's direct-sales model. At that time, it introduced the PowerConnect line, consisting of two switches with management features and two without. Managed switches include support for functions such as optimising the traffic flow in a network.