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Cisco pushes desktop Gigabit Ethernet

Cisco Systems has released a pair of Gigabit Ethernet switches in an effort to bring the high-speed transmission technology to desktop users. The Catalyst 3750G-12S is geared toward enterprise, while the 2970G-24TS targets small and medium-sized business.

Cisco Systems Inc. today announced the availability of two new switches that will further enable the adoption of Gigabit Ethernet on the desktop.

The new products, the Cisco Catalyst 3750G-12S and the Cisco Catalyst 2970G-24TS, are additions to existing products families. The 3750 product family is targeted at the enterprise, and the 2970 product family is targeted at the small and medium-sized business (SMB), as well as the branch office.

"The value proposition for Gigabit Ethernet at the desktop is becoming clear," said Scott Boynton, a senior product line manager with Cisco. These products are part of Cisco's effort to cater to that market.

The 3750G-12S is a fixed configuration Gigabit Ethernet switch that supports the Cisco Cluster Management Suite and includes 12 small form factor pluggable (SFP) ports. It is a fixed aggregation switch designed to aggregate switching boxes in the wiring closet, Boynton said.

When the 3750 switches are stacked, they can work as a single network node. That way, performance isn't negatively affected when traffic moves from one box to the next. Also, a single Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent can manage the entire stack, rather than having to deploy one for each box, said Dave Passmore, research director with the Midvale, Utah-based research firm Burton Group.

The 2970 line of switches is also designed to help bring Gigabit Ethernet to desktop computer users. The new 2970G-24TS switch is designed to be a less expensive OSI Layer 2 product, which appeals to those who do not need the richness of the Layer 3 3750G-12S, Boynton said.

The 2970G-24TS has 10/100/1000 on all 24 ports and four SFP uplinks. Users can uplink to the core from a work group using this switch, Boynton said. He said the product is aimed at SMBs, as well as remote offices.

The 3750G-12S switches are available for $7,995. The 2790G-25TS will ship later this month and will cost $5,495.

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