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HP takes wraps off 14 new switching products

Antony Savvas

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled 14 new switch products including four new switch families and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet module for HP's existing ProCurve 8100 inter-connect fabric switch.

The new switches include the ProCurve 5400, 3500, 4200 and 6200 series products.

The 4200 series switches are an upgrade from the existing 4100 series. They are quicker and can provide the capacity to handle up to 256 virtual Lans – up from the 30 supported on the 4100.

Virtual Lans allow companies to split up and partition portions of a physical network to address specific needs of the business.

HP is second behind Cisco in the enterprise switching market.

HP said six 4200 models will start shipping next month, with prices starting at £890. Two versions of both the 5400 and 3500 will appear in April, with starting prices at £1,360 and £2,360 respectively.

A further two 5400s will appear this summer. The first 6200 product will also appear in summer, with a starting price of £4,450.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet module for ProCurve 8100 switches will ship next month and cost from £4,750.

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