Foundry Networks and Extreme Networks are both offering edge-switching technology claimed to reduce costs and improve functionality.
Foundry is introducing two FastIron Edge X-Series rack-mounted switches that offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink capabilities to core networks at a price of $3,250 per port - half the cost of chassis-based switches, according to officials.
Meanwhile, Extreme is extending its Unified Access architecture and Power over Ethernet capability to its Alpine 3800 series switches, which can be used in small core networks or on network edges.
Extreme has offered Unified Access since last April on its Summit 300 edge switches to provide wired and wireless access on a single device that also supports Power over Ethernet. That frees IT managers from needing to have separate infrastructures for wired and wireless Lans.
Edge switching accounts for about 40% of all switch revenues, said Joel Conover, an analyst at Current Analysis. He added that there is a constant need for innovation at the edges of networks to keep up with new technologies in desktop PCs and other end-user devices.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld