New price/performance leader for Ethernet switches?

Joel Jaeggli joelja at
Tue Sep 19 22:42:17 PDT 2000

been looking at the dlink des-5600 which is $1300 for the chassis and
$1100 for the 4 port gig sx blades (it holds 4) which makes it fully
configured a bit under $5,000 less than a similar configuration from 3com
(9300 which we have) or extreme (3804) (though in it's defense the extreme
is a significantly more feature rich switch). you could also have it with
4 16 port ethernet blades for ~$2800 which might buy you better
performance (beyond 40 ports on the 4000M).

layer 2 fast ethernet switches have definently arrived at commidity
pricing, gig I think is a little further off, what with hp still charging
about $900 ea for single port gig blades in the 4000's.

On Tue, 19 Sep 2000, Greg Lindahl wrote:

> For a long time, the HP Procurve 4000M was the price/performance leader for
> fast ethernet switches. One of my co-workers (John Eshleman) points out a
> new contender:
> The 420T has 48 ports and 2 slots which take gigabit expansion cards. It is
> apparently always store-and-forward, but claims 20 usec switching latencies
> for 100 mbit. Street price ( is $1540, the gbit
> uplinks are $377.
> This compares to $1943 for a 40-port HP -- half populated, but that is about
> all the backplane can handle at full speed.
> The Intel switch claims 21 gbits of bandwidth, and that it can run all its
> ports at full speed at any packet size.
> Anyone know of any other new contenders for the crown?
> -- g
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