NETGEAR® Grows Industry-Leading Family of ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switches with Family of Advanced Solutions to Provide Small and Medium Businesses with an Alternative to Fully Managed Switches
Three New ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switches Offer Static Routing and Advanced Feature Sets to Deliver Robust Security, Enhanced Traffic Management and Increased Network Availability to Support Critical Bandwidth-Intensive Business Applications
LAS VEGAS – April 2008 – NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced the expansion of its industry-leading family of ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switches with the introduction of three advanced Smart Switches at Interop 2008. Designed to deliver robust security and enhanced traffic management and availability to growing networks in small and medium businesses, the ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Smart Switches with Static Routing (GS724TR and GS748TR) and 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with Advanced Features (GS724AT) are feature-rich, affordable, reliable, and easy-to-manage alternatives to fully-managed switches.
NETGEAR’s new ProSafe Advanced Smart Switches (GS724TR, GS748TR and GS724AT) add advanced capabilities to the growing family of ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switches which includes the ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches (GS724TS and GS748TS), ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Smart Switches with PoE (GS724TP and GS748TP), and ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch (GS108T). The new ProSafe Advanced Smart Switches, which are covered by NETGEAR’s ProSafe Lifetime Warranty, deliver more robust security, higher quality of service (QoS) and high availability through an advanced feature set that includes Access Control Lists (ACL), 802.1x port authentication, rate limiting, IGMP snooping and Rapid Spanning Tree providing businesses with a scalable, reliable network that is geared for growth. NETGEAR’s user-friendly Web-based ProSafe Control Center provides simple, yet comprehensive management through a streamlined interface that eases navigation, delivers basic and advanced views for different user types, and provides index and help functions.
Designed to ease congestion at the core of mid-sized business networks, the ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Smart Switches with Static Routing (GS724TR and GS748TR) are the first Smart Switches in the industry to provide static routing capability. By using static routing to offload inter-VLAN routing traffic from the core, businesses can deploy the GS724TR and GS748TR to optimize bandwidth efficiency by freeing up the router for WAN and security traffic. The GS724TR and GS748TR, which feature 24 or 48 10/100/1000 ports and two or four shared SFP ports, support 32 static routes to enable inter-VLAN routing, manage broadcast storms more effectively and deliver tighter security.
The NETGEAR ProSafe 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with Advanced Features (GS724AT) provides small and mid-sized companies with management capabilities at an affordable price, providing the features found in fully managed switches without the associated cost and complexity of a fully-managed solution. The GS724AT incorporates 24 10/100/1000 ports and four combination SFP ports for optional fiber connectivity enabling businesses to deploy essential as well as advanced business applications such as security, ERP, wireless, Voice over IP (VoIP), and more. This switch also provides advanced features such as Access Control Lists (ACL) for increased security, Layer 3 based QoS for enhanced traffic prioritization, Auto Voice VLAN for ‘Plug and Play’ deployment of VoIP, and Rapid Spanning Tree (RSTP) for increased availability.
“Growing small and medium businesses are continually faced with the challenge of maintaining and growing scalable, reliable and affordable network infrastructures to support an increasing array of advanced applications such as ERP systems, wireless and converged communications systems,” stated Sanjay Kumar, NETGEAR’s Director of Product Marketing for Switching Products. “Security is a growing need with SMB customers, as is the need to prioritize applications. The addition of the Advanced Smart Switch products to our popular ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switch family provides small and mid-sized businesses with advanced, affordable and easy-to-manage alternatives to fully-managed switches. These advanced switches enable companies to gain better control and improve the efficiency of the network infrastructure while delivering the performance, functionality and value that have established our ProSafe Smart Switch line as an industry leader.”
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