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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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What to Look for in Network Switches
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EBOOK: Campus switching is rapidly changing thanks to SDN, the Internet of Things and other trends. This guide focuses on how to buy the best Ethernet switch for your network's future.
Posted: 21 May 2015 | Published: 21 May 2015

SearchNetworking.com

Managed, Shared Resources: Public Cloud
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how one public cloud service in particular remains secure, scalable and convenient, and find out how it can pay off for your business.
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 | Published: 09 Apr 2015

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Five Ways Network Virtualization Will Revolutionize IT
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WHITE PAPER: Discover how Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will revolutionize IT and change the way you think about network connectivity, and perhaps even application development.
Posted: 10 Nov 2014 | Published: 10 Nov 2014

Global Knowledge

How We Define a Network is About to Change, Again
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn how VMware NSX changes the way that you build, manage, and secure your network.
Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | Published: 25 Sep 2014

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Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Boot from SAN on the Cisco UCS B Series Chassis
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses one component of Cisco's Unified Computing Solution: Stateless computing, which allows all the hardware settings of a server to be saved on a location outside the server itself, and is implemented through an XML-based software feature called a service profile.
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | Published: 29 Sep 2014

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The Basics of Configuring and Using Cisco Access Control Lists
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WHITE PAPER: This resource discusses how to design, configure, and troubleshoot Cisco Access Control Lists (ACLs), which is a requirement for all network engineers working within a Cisco network.
Posted: 04 Aug 2014 | Published: 04 Aug 2014

Global Knowledge

Critical Concepts of the 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching Exam
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WHITE PAPER: This paper reviews the major concepts covered on the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching exam as of spring 2013.
Posted: 11 Jul 2014 | Published: 11 Jul 2014

Global Knowledge

Network Purchasing Intentions 2013
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This exclusive Computer Weekly/TechTarget research ,based on a survey of over 400 European IT professionals, reveals organisations’ investment plans for networking technology.
Posted: 02 Dec 2013 | Published: 02 Dec 2013

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About APCON – Intelligent Network Monitoring Solutions
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VIDEO: This video introduces APCON, who develop industry-leading scalable network switching solutions that provide complete network visibility, improved network security, and optimized monitoring tool efficiency.
Posted: 09 May 2014 | Premiered: 09 Apr 2014

APCON, Inc.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S, 2960-X, and 2960-XR Stacking with FlexStack and FlexStack-Plus Technology: Description, Usage, and Best Practices
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WHITE PAPER: This guide takes a look at top network switching technologies and how they can help revolutionize your existing networks.
Posted: 06 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

Airport's Common Use Model Relies on Modular Switches
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Read how the Greater Toronto Airports Authority adopted Cisco Catalyst 6500 switches in the wiring closet and throughout the network to enable the convergence of data, voice, and video, and provide virtualization to support a Common Use environment.
Posted: 26 Mar 2014 | Published: 12 Jan 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Using Policy Based Routing and Access Control Lists in a Virtualized Network
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WHITE PAPER: Explore this informative white paper to discover what's involved in configuring and applying PBR, user scenarios and much more.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Dell, Inc.

Using MLAG in Dell Networks: Deployment Guide for Dell Networking Switches
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WHITE PAPER: Access this exclusive white paper to discover all the ins-and-outs of MLAG technology, how they are used and recommendations on how to implement MLAG into your own network.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Dell, Inc.

Optimizing Visibility, Control and Performance of Network Traffic
sponsored by Ixia
WHITE PAPER: Learn how network monitoring switches can help offload and control your current tools, providing the visibility you need for effective data center network monitoring and management.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 30 Jun 2013

Ixia

Transcript: Network Visibility: Thinking Outside the Box
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PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: Explore how virtualization can challenge network monitoring, and discover a scalable solution that will help improve visibility for effective, scalable, secure network monitoring.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 03 Mar 2014

Ixia

Chassis-Based Switches Offer Flexible, Optimized Network Performance
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WEBCAST: This brief video introduces the Dell C-Series: Resilient, chassis-based switches that deliver reliability, network control, and scalability.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Premiered: Mar 3, 2014

Dell, Inc.

Improving Network Visibility with Advanced Packet Filtering
sponsored by Ixia
WHITE PAPER: Find out more about a network monitoring switch tool with advanced filtering options that can quickly resolve network problems and address future requirements.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Aug 2013

Ixia

Gorillas on Your List – A Diversified OEM Environment Can Lower Your Risk
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WHITE PAPER: This informative whitepaper covers the value of breaking free from a single original equipment manufacturer and diversifying the commodities in your data center.
Posted: 05 Feb 2014 | Published: 15 Jan 2014

Dimension Data

Improving Network Visibility with Advanced Packet Filtering
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, explore a network monitoring switch tool that allows for advanced filtering to gain visibility into today's increasingly complex IT environment.
Posted: 23 Oct 2013 | Published: 31 Aug 2013

Ixia

SDN use beyond the data centre
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ANALYST REPORT: This analyst report covers 5 different examples of companies that have experienced many positive results after adopting software-defined networks (SDN), beyond the enterprise data centre.
Posted: 26 Sep 2013 | Published: 10 Jul 2013

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Overcome the Challenges of Virtualization with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches
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CASE STUDY: Did you know that 10 Gigabit Ethernet can help you overcome the challenges of network congestion in a virtualized data center environment? View this case study to learn more!
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Extreme Networks

How One School Enhanced Their Educational Experience and Secured Their Campus
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CASE STUDY: This case study reveals which leading edge network Price of Wales Island International School used to enhance their educational experience for staff and students and to boost campus security.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 | Published: 31 Oct 2012

Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks Solution with NEC
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WHITE PAPER: Explore how using a 1 GbE, 10 GbE, or 40 GbE hardware plane is critical to achieving the interoperability and multi-site capabilities needed for a successful software-defined networking (SDN) initiative.
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

Extreme Networks

The Power of Extreme Networks OpenFlow-enabled Switches
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WHITE PAPER: Discover how the proper switches can help you maximize the investment of your monitoring applications in both physical and virtual networking environments.
Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks Converged Infrastructure
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WHITE PAPER: Gain insight into the components of a converged data center network infrastructure using Ethernet that not only builds a more effective, efficient infrastructure but also saves costs, helping you truly achieve more with less.
Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | Published: 16 Jul 2013

Extreme Networks
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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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