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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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Software-Defined Networking Strategies for Campus WANs
sponsored by Brocade
EGUIDE: In this E-Guide from SearchNetworking.com, explore some of the issues associated with troubled OpenFlow switches, which vendors carry them, and details about a strategy that will not cause you the issues these other switches do.
Posted: 25 Oct 2012 | Published: 25 Oct 2012


Next Generation Network Management Techniques
sponsored by SearchSecurity.com
EZINE: The February edition of the Network Evolution E-zine explore the latest advances in DevOps and uncover what you need to know for working within the movement. Also read several other featured articles!
Posted: 02 Feb 2012 | Published: 02 Feb 2012


Solution brief: Exceed the Limits with Extreme Networks SDN Solutions
sponsored by Extreme Networks
WHITE PAPER: Explore a portfolio of products that will help you accelerate the adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) within your enterprise.
Posted: 14 May 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

Extreme Networks

Top 5 Questions to Ask About Your 10GbE Data Center
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Before making the jump to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center network, there are five questions you should ask yourself. View this whitepaper to learn what they are!
Posted: 17 Apr 2013 | Published: 28 Sep 2012

Juniper Networks, Inc.

NYSE EuroNext Chooses Juniper Networks for Low Latency Access to Next-Generation Global Trading Data Centers and WAN
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
CASE STUDY: In this case study, discover how one financial services organization used 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches to ensure lightning-fast speed across their network reliability and with low latency.
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | Published: 30 Jun 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Network Evolution April 2013
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EZINE: This month's issue Network Evolution takes a hardcore look at the hybrid cloud horizon to explore the future possibility of networking across disparate clouds.
Posted: 02 Apr 2013 | Published: 02 Apr 2013


40 Gigabit Ethernet: The Migration Begins
sponsored by Ixia
EGUIDE: It's never too early to prepare for the future, especially where data growth is concerned. In this E-Guide from SearchNetworking.com, we explore the future of Ethernet and why a migration to 40 GbE is necessary to sustain future growth. View now to learn more!
Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | Published: 15 Mar 2013


Five Challenges in Private Cloud Networking
sponsored by HP & Intel®
EGUIDE: This E-Guide from SearchNetworking.com unveils the top five challenges of private cloud networking and explores the ways to best overcome them. View now to learn more about address mapping, application acceleration, load balancing, and more!
Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | Published: 26 Feb 2013

HP & Intel®

Boost Data Center Fabric Density: Getting Ready for 2013
sponsored by Brocade
EGUIDE: Uncover details about a new line of VDN modular switches that will help you increase scalability and efficiency in your data center network.
Posted: 20 Nov 2012 | Published: 20 Nov 2012


Virtual Machine Networking: Standards and Solutions
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Uncover details about the two main standards for virtual networking and discover why using them as complementary options can help you achieve virtual networking success.
Posted: 19 Oct 2012 | Published: 31 Aug 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Implements ShoreTel for Reliable Unified Communications
sponsored by ScanSource & ShoreTel
CASE STUDY: Discover how one organization improved reliability, increased employee productivity, and lowered TCO by implementing a new unified communications and VoIP solution to increase communications.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 Dec 2010

ScanSource & ShoreTel

New ShoreTel IP Telephony Solution a Hole in One for Tiger Woods Foundation Headquarters and Learning Center
sponsored by ScanSource & ShoreTel
WHITE PAPER: Discover how one organization replaced their legacy PBX-based telephone system with an IP telephony system which helped increase flexibility, mobility, and productivity.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 Dec 2010

ScanSource & ShoreTel

RE/MAX Premier Realty Sets Itself Apart from the Competition with IP Telephony from ShoreTel
sponsored by ScanSource & ShoreTel
CASE STUDY: Discover how a converged communications system increased communications and connectivity for one organization, in turn helping them provide superior customer service and availability to their customers.
Posted: 06 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 Dec 2010

ScanSource & ShoreTel

The Netflow Next Generation Appliance
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WEBCAST: Learn about Cisco’s NetFlow Generation Appliance (NGA), a high-performing, scalable solution that establishes a new standard for high-performance and crows-device flow visibility in the data center for help with resource optimization, application performance improvement, traffic accounting, and security needs.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 | Premiered: Jul 2, 2012

Cisco Systems, Inc.

How One Health Ohio doubled its billing rate with GBS solution
sponsored by HP & Intel®
WHITE PAPER: this white paper demonstrates how One Health Ohio doubled its billing rate and achieved faster payment for services by implementing  GBS' Integrated Medical Information Solutions from HP and NextGen.
Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | Published: 19 Jun 2012

HP & Intel®

Presentation Transcript: Network Performance Improvement - What You Need to Know
sponsored by Dell and VMware
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this presentation transcript, get help setting goals for your network before jumping into server virtualization, and discover how these goals can be applied to any sized business. Gain insight on connecting your network to a disaster recovery network, and considerations to make when migrating to the cloud.
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | Published: 02 Apr 2012

Dell and VMware

The Intelligent Campus LAN
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
EGUIDE: Access this Tech Guide from SearchNetworking.com to learn how you can update your campus LAN to address the modern needs of your network, including application delivery and mobility.
Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | Published: 27 Mar 2012

Juniper Networks, Inc.

MPLS VPN Tutorial: What you should know
sponsored by XO Communications
EGUIDE: In this expert E-Guide from SearchEnterpriseWAN.com, explore the next generation of networks: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks.
Posted: 14 Mar 2012 | Published: 14 Mar 2012

XO Communications

Jason Nolet Details New Solutions for Enterprise
sponsored by Brocade
VIDEO: This brief video uncovers two new network products that will help you adapt to the demands of new applications and ever-changing business requirements.
Posted: 29 Feb 2012 | Premiered: 21 Oct 2011


Overcoming the Limits of TCP
sponsored by Infineta Systems
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper review the causes of poor TCP performance and data transport requirements of critical operations for today’s data protection strategies. Also learn about a new switch that is the only solution available to accelerate TCP-based connections at speeds of 10 Gbps, regardless of distance.
Posted: 30 Dec 2011 | Published: 29 Dec 2011

Infineta Systems

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


Building the network infrastructure in your data center: Expert considerations
sponsored by Brocade
EGUIDE: With today’s environmental concerns, even IT professionals can make a difference. Energy-efficient data center network designs are important to implement, while being cost-effective and not sacrificing performance.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 | Published: 07 Dec 2011


Ensuring seamless network integration with the virtual data center
sponsored by Softchoice Corporation
EBOOK: To reap all the benefits of server virtualization, data centers need to be able to work with Virtual Machines while still maintaining accessibility and keeping up with the security needed.
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 | Published: 29 Nov 2011

Softchoice Corporation

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


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
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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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