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3Com releases stacking Gigabit switches with a 10-Gigabit expansion slot, in 48-port and 24-port versions.

3Com has announced the release of what it claims is the region’s first resilient stacking gigabit Ethernet switch family equipped with a 10—Gigabit expansion slot. The switches, available in 48-port and 24-port versions, have been rolled out to address growing demand for gigabit to the desktop capability for workgroup switching.

The SuperStack 3 Switch 3870, which is being marketed as an alternative to traditional 10/100 workgroup switches, boasts uplink capability to connect to 10-gigabit Ethernet core technology and Layer 3-aware hardware increase.

“The SuperStack 3 Switch 3870 with 10 gigabit expansion slot is the first of its kind to be available in the region,” says Wael Fakharany, general manager, 3Com Middle East. “By pricing it in a bracket more usually linked with standard Ethernet products, we aim to make the latest technology accessible to the widest possible market,” he adds.

Up to eight of the switches can be stacked, connected and managed, providing a single IP entity with 384 gigabit ports for greater management simplicity. Intra-switch data is transferred over the resilient 40-gbps stacking connection, augmented if required by cross-stack capabilities.

Aggressive pricing of the 3870 models is designed to help drive greater adoption of gigabit-at-the-edge desktop technology, which offers ten times better performance and more potential future-proofing than the 10/100 standard.

Other features include a 10-gigabit-ready module slot for future expansion and enterprise-level security features such as IEEE 802.1X network login, Secure Shell (SSH) secure management, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL/HTTPS) encryption.

“The rollout of 3Com’s SuperStack 3 Switch 3870 models brings the highest-specification data transfer environment to businesses in the Middle East at an affordable price,” says Fakharany. “We are proud of our latest ground-breaking product release, and look forward to introducing more of our innovative solutions to the region in the future,” he adds.

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