Category Archives: Ethernet Switches

Recommendations on “Managed” Fanless Gigabit Switch 24-Port or Less

When will we consider to buy a managed fanless Gigabit switch 24-port or Less? Common situations where we use fanless Gigabit managed switches are for small office connectivity or for home lab upgrading. In these occasions, we pursue the speed … Continue reading

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10GBase-T Switch Recommendations

10 Gigabit Ethernet network is popular in data center now. 10GbE interfaces mainly include SFP+, SFP+ direct attach cable, and 10GBase-T. Most data centers choose connection of SFP+ and SFP+ DAC. As 10GBase-T offers benefits of improved bandwidth, increased flexibility, … Continue reading

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VXLAN vs VLAN: Which Is the Best Fit for Cloud Data Center?

Traditional VLAN links have been proven insufficient to cope with rigid requirements of cloud providers – as they are reaping significant benefits by stretching Layer 2 over Layer 3 network to build large multitenant data centers. VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local … Continue reading

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Cisco FEX: Extending the Boundaries of Data Center Fabric

Cisco FEX, or Fabric Extender technology makes the central part of Cisco’s data center strategy. With its Nexus 2000 FEXes as the representative, Cisco FEX functions to extend the switching fabric of the core and aggregated switches – Nexus 5000/7000 … Continue reading

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RJ45 vs SFP: Which Should I Use to Connect Two Switches?

When switches have both SFP port and Ethernet port for 1000Mbps connections, it is always the case for us to decide whether to use SFP fiber optic module or RJ45 Ethernet cable solution. Although it really depends on many factors, … Continue reading

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