Dell to bring PowerConnect switches to Europe

Dell Computer is to sell its PowerConnect line of network switches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 11 November....

Dell Computer is to sell its PowerConnect line of network switches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 11 November. The switches are used to connect workgroups to servers or create LANs in remote offices.

All bar one of the PowerConnect products on sale in the US will be offered in Europe.

Orders placed through the Dell Web site on 11 November should be delivered within 10 days of the order being placed, said Dell networking vice-president and general manager Kim Goodman. "I'm sure that within 30 days that will be down to about five days, if not lower," she added.

The 2000 Series consists of four unmanaged, plug-and-play devices. The PowerConnect 2508 has eight Gigabit Ethernet ports and a price of $499 (£319), while the 2124 is priced at $299 and has 24 Fast Ethernet ports and one Gigabit Ethernet uplink port. Both units were introduced in January. The 2024 and 2016 have 24 and 16 Fast Ethernet ports, and are priced at $189 and $129 respectively.

The 3000 Series, with managed Fast Ethernet ports and Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, consists of three models. The 3024 is priced at $699 and has 24 Fast Ethernet ports, two Gigabit Ethernet copper ports, and two Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) slots. It is stackable and can be managed via a Web browser, console, or over Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

The 3048 has 48 Fast Ethernet ports with 4 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and can be stacked interchangeably with the 3024 model up to a total of 144 Fast Ethernet ports. It has optional support for Gigabit Ethernet over fibre and is priced at $1,299.

The 3248 is Layer 3- and Layer 4-aware, supports quality-of-service controls, and can also be managed over the Web, via a console or using SNMP. It is designed for rack systems and is priced at $1,499.

In Europe, the 5000 Series consists of just one device: the 5224, a managed switch with 24 Gigabit Ethernet copper ports and four small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Gigabit interface converter slots for optional fibre transceivers.

The 5224 can be managed via the Web, a console of SNMP, and is priced at $2,499. "It's an enterprise-class device, with four priority queues and Layer 3 awareness," Goodman said.

The 5012, a 12-port Gigabit Ethernet device, will not be sold outside the US.

While two of the switches, the 3248 and the 5224, have the capabilities needed by large enterprises, the rest of the range are aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, which Dell hopes will buy the products at the same time as they order servers or desktop machines.

"Many of our customers, especially small and medium-sized businesses, are looking for a one-stop shop," said Walid Moneimne, vice-president of Dell's enterprise systems group and services business unit for EMEA.

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