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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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Miercom Report - Cisco Catalyst 3650
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is an enterprise access switch – ideal for branch-office deployments. Models in this versatile switch series deliver a spectrum of capabilities. This Miercom report details some of the clear business benefits that the Cisco Catalyst 3650 delivers supported by the results of hands-on testing.
Posted: 12 Sep 2016 | Published: 27 Feb 2015

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Improving with Cloud
sponsored by Big Switch Networks
PRODUCT REVIEW: This review showcases how one emerging technology is overcoming many of the bigger challenges facing the future of cloud and network technology.
Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | Published: 26 Aug 2015

Big Switch Networks

The Data Center Upgrade Blueprint for Network Engineers
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
EGUIDE: This in-depth guide facilitates the transition to Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches from Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series Switches. Although the critical nature of hosted applications can make data center switch migration a challenge, the use of this guide can significantly reduce the risk.
Posted: 09 Jul 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2013

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Network Purchasing Intentions 2013
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
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


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


About APCON – Intelligent Network Monitoring Solutions
sponsored by APCON, Inc.
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


Cisco Catalyst 2960-S, 2960-X, and 2960-XR Stacking with FlexStack and FlexStack-Plus Technology: Description, Usage, and Best Practices
sponsored by Cisco
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


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
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
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
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
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


Transcript: Network Visibility: Thinking Outside the Box
sponsored by Ixia
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


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


Gorillas on Your List – A Diversified OEM Environment Can Lower Your Risk
sponsored by Dimension Data
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
sponsored by Ixia
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


SDN use beyond the data centre
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
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 Enterprise

Overcome the Challenges of Virtualization with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches
sponsored by Extreme Networks
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
sponsored by Extreme Networks
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
sponsored by Extreme Networks
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
sponsored by Extreme Networks
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
sponsored by Extreme Networks
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

Optimizing the Private Cloud with EMC VSPEX
sponsored by Extreme Networks
WHITE PAPER: Learn about a scalable, on-demand infrastructure that leverages Ethernet and a powerful switching platform to help you achieve the most from your private cloud.
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Extreme Networks

SDN technologies primer: Revolution or evolution in architecture?
sponsored by Enterasys
EGUIDE: While there is no single, clear definition of software-defined networking, there are two camps with two sets of beliefs. This expert e-guide digs deep into the theoretical differences between distributed control and centralized controllers. Uncover the benefits of each and why both are likely to see implementation.
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 | Published: 23 Aug 2013


A Different Take on Software Defined Networks
sponsored by Enterasys
WHITE PAPER: Get a different take on software defined networks, who they help, the benefits you can achieve from deploying one, and key tips for utilizing one within your organization.
Posted: 02 Aug 2013 | Published: 02 Aug 2013

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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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