Feeds

Allied Telesis punts low-cost Gig PoE switch

Powered Gig Ethernet for £30 a port

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Powered Gig Ethernet just got cheaper. Allied Telesis said its new AT-GS900/8POE switch provides eight Gigabit ports plus a fibre uplink option, all the ports are powered - either eight at 7W each or four at the full 15W - and it's only £230, so around £30 a port.

The lack of full power on every port may be an issue for some, especially as many PoE devices draw 10W or more. However, network experts say it's common for a PoE-capable switch to have non-PoE devices connected too, so four powered ports out of eight might be enough.

All the ports auto-negotiate, and one of them is a copper/fibre combo, so you can add a fibre uplink by fitting an SFP module. AT said the switch supports jumbo packets and claimed it requires little configuration.

HP, Force10 and others have been doing powered Gig Ethernet for some time now, but the going rate has been nearer £60 to £100 a port - and Cisco's latest switches weigh in at a mighty £200 per PoE Gig port. To be fair, though, those prices are for managed switches and this latest Allied Telesis offering is unmanaged. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.