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DEFINITION: Also see repeater, hub, bridge, gateway, and router.In a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination. In the traditional circuit-switched telephone network, one or more switches are used to set up a dedicated though temporary connection or circuit for  … 
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Deploying Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches in Enterprise Data Centers
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches are specifically designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability, and dramatically simplify network architecture in virtualized data centers.
Posted: 13 Dec 2011 | Published: 13 Dec 2011

Brocade

Integrating Physical and Virtual Networking – Virtualized Server Connect to the Data Center Fabric
sponsored by Enterasys
WHITE PAPER: Server virtualization has affected all facets of the data center – from servers to storage to the network. While the promise is a reduced capital investment, higher agility and lower operational expenses, the success of server virtualization depends on the integration of both the physical and the virtual network. This has its own set of challenges.
Posted: 22 Nov 2011 | Published: 21 Nov 2011

Enterasys

Power System Event Reconstruction Technologies for Modern Data Centers
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: New power monitoring systems can re-construct the sequence of events such as circuit breaker tripping, and static switch transfer down to 1 ms resolution. This resource explores this power system even reconstruction in detail and discusses why it’s important to modern data centers.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 | Published: 01 Oct 2011

Schneider Electric

Virtual Fabrics Provide Administrative Flexibility in a Shared Storage Environment
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: Learn about a technology that enables you to better manage your SAN assets by creating logical groups of separately managed devices, ports, and switches within your SAN - all without disrupting existing environments.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 | Published: 30 Jan 2009

Brocade

EX Series Ethernet Switches
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: High-performance businesses demand a high-performance network infrastructure that provides fast, secure and reliable delivery of the applications that drive the business. Switches deployed in regional offices, campuses and data centers enable these business processes by connecting users.
Posted: 15 Nov 2011 | Published: 15 Nov 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

HP Networking Cisco Trade-in Program
sponsored by Computer Design & Integration LLC
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses a trade-in program provided by HP to help you cost-effectively upgrade your infrastructure. Uncover which products are eligible and how to get started.
Posted: 10 May 2011 | Published: 10 May 2011

Computer Design & Integration LLC

Take Control: How to Keep Traffic Moving, at a Low Cost
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Network performance problems bring everyone down. They drain productivity, spirits, and profits. But your IT resources and budget are limited. Really, what can you do? Read this paper to find out how to take control with a managed switch.
Posted: 21 Jan 2011 | Published: 21 Jan 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

10 Things to Know Before Deploying 10 Gigabit Ethernet
sponsored by NETGEAR Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Over the years, improvements in 10GbE technology, price, and performance have extended its reach beyond enterprise data centers to midmarket networks. This white paper presents a list of 10 important things for achieving a reliable, affordable, and simple 10 Gigabit Ethernet deployment.
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 | Published: 17 Dec 2010

NETGEAR Inc.

Managing Network Bandwidth to Maximize Performance
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how to leverage best practices to monitor, baseline, and manage the network bandwidth and performance. It also highlights how to identify and eliminate issues such as unwanted traffic, unwanted protocols, and network problems with factory default switch configurations.
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 | Published: 20 Oct 2010

Fluke Networks

Ten top problems network techs encounter
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses ten common problems encountered by technicians today and their symptoms, causes, and resolutions.
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 | Published: 14 Oct 2010

Fluke Networks

Effective Cabling Techniques for IBM BladeCenter Chassis
sponsored by Panduit
WHITE PAPER: This guide defines specific cabling techniques that simplify cable pathways and promote airflow for maximum cooling, ultimately improving overall system performance and uptime.
Posted: 20 Aug 2010 | Published: 20 Aug 2010

Panduit

Cisco, Intel, and Panduit Joint 10GBASE-T Solution
sponsored by Panduit
WHITE PAPER: This At-A-Glance document, created by Cisco, Intel and Panduit, the market leaders in enterprise switching,network adapters, and structured cabling, discusses how to deliver high-performance, cost-effective, and efficient next-generation RJ-45-based server connectivity.
Posted: 20 Aug 2010 | Published: 20 Aug 2010

Panduit

Energy Efficient Data Center Cabinet Systems for Cisco Switches
sponsored by Panduit
WHITE PAPER: This brochure focuses on Panduit's new Net-Serv and Net-Access Cabinets that enable improved thermal management and reduced power consumption in designs that optimize flexibility and space utilization around Cisco Nexus 7018, MD9500 Series, and 6500 Series Switches.
Posted: 20 Aug 2010 | Published: 20 Aug 2010

Panduit

Mixing Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet in a Dedicated SAN Infrastructure
sponsored by Dell India
WHITE PAPER: The reference architecture illustrated in this article shows how enterprises may make the transition to 10GbE for storage using Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series arrays and Dell PowerConnect™ switches.
Posted: 12 Aug 2010 | Published: 01 Sep 2009

Dell India

Evaluating and Enhancing Green Practices with Cisco Catalyst Switching
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document describes the Green Operations and Characteristics of the Cisco® Catalyst® Series Switches. These Cisco Catalyst switch families offer the latest technologies to enable organizations to meet the green requirements of today while providing flexible architectures to address the necessities of tomorrow.
Posted: 26 May 2010 | Published: 01 Mar 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Validate LAN Installations for Optimal Service Delivery
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses LAN validation – what it is, who benefits from this practice, and why it should be part of a network installer’s and network owner’s best practices. An overview of how to perform validation testing will also be covered.
Posted: 13 Apr 2010 | Published: 03 Oct 2008

Fluke Networks

Designing Secure Multi-Tenancy into Virtualized Data Centers
sponsored by Continental Resources
WHITE PAPER: Today’s traditional IT model suffers from resources located in different, unrelated silos—leading to low utilization and gross inefficiency. Enterprise servers reside in one area of the data center and network switches and storage arrays in another. This document describes the design of - and the rationale behind - the Secure Cloud Architecture.
Posted: 02 Apr 2010 | Published: 02 Apr 2010

Continental Resources

Storage Efficiency: Mixing Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet in a Dedicated SAN Infrastructure
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper shows how enterprises may make the transition to 10GbE for storage using Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series arrays and Dell PowerConnect™ switches.
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 | Published: 01 Sep 2009

Dell, Inc.

Frontline LAN Troubleshooting Guide
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This guide addresses the challenges network professionals face when it comes to network troubleshooting and outlines eight key steps every technician should know to aid in successful troubleshooting.
Posted: 27 Jan 2010 | Published: 25 Sep 2008

Fluke Networks

Cisco Delivers Enterprise-Class Next-Generation Acceleration Solution for Disaster Recovery and SAN Extension
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) emerges as one of the critical areas of focus as these data centers virtualize, unify, centralize, and scale out their storage resources. This document discusses some of the critical challenges related to the BC/DR solutions and how the Cisco MDS 9000 I/O Accelerator (IOA) addresses each of them.
Posted: 29 Dec 2009 | Published: 29 Dec 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Virtual SANs Advantages
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Today's data centers are faced with many challenges such as consolidation, resources optimization, power, cooling, cost reduction and more. Cisco foresaw these requirements and developed Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs) in 2002 to address these issues in the data center.
Posted: 29 Dec 2009 | Published: 29 Dec 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Accelerating IBM z/OS Global Mirror with the Cisco MDS 9000 Family
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document describes how users of IBM z/OS Global Mirror can reduce costs and improve performance with a tightly integrated Cisco® MDS 9000 Family solution.
Posted: 29 Dec 2009 | Published: 29 Dec 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Advancing the Economics of Networking: Juniper Networks Ethernet Switching Solutions Reduce Capital and Operational IT Expenses
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Juniper Networks proposes to change the current economic model of networking by delivering a new family of solutions that reduce capital and operational expenses, freeing up IT budget dollars and allowing businesses to invest in innovative technologies that will reduce the cost of doing business while improving the bottom line.
Posted: 17 Jul 2009 | Published: 17 Feb 2009

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Unsung Heroes - How Routing & Switching Keep the Business Going
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Routers and switches are the building blocks for all business communications from data to voice and video to wireless access.
Posted: 02 Feb 2009 | Published: 02 Feb 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Router Essentials
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: Build a basic foundation of knowledge about routers, the devices that allow you to move packets between networks, by reading this white paper.
Posted: 10 Dec 2008 | Published: 11 Oct 2008

Global Knowledge
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SWITCHES DEFINITION (continued): …  an exchange between two or more parties. On an Ethernet local area network (LAN), a switch determines from the physical device (Media Access Control or MAC) address in each incoming message frame which output port to forward it to and out of. In a wide area packet-switched network such as the Internet, a switch determines from the IP address in each packet which output port to use for the next part of its trip to the intended destination. In the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) communications model, a switch performs the Layer 2 or Data-link layer function. That is, it simply looks at each … 
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