Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:02

D-Link’s next-gen Layer 3 stackable managed gigabit switches switch on in A/NZ

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Promising a “comprehensive L2+/L3 switching solution for business networks of all sizes”, D-Link’s DGS-3630 series has arrived with “advanced software features and a lifetime warranty".

Talking up the DGS-3630 switch’s of capability of delivering “high performance, flexibility, and fault tolerance for maximum return on investment”, and of “10/100/1000 RJ45 ports, Gigabit SFP ports, 10 GbE SFP+ ports, advanced security features, and advanced Quality of Service”, D-Link proudly boasts its new switches “can operate in the core, distribution or access layer of the network".

With “high port densities, switch stacking and easy management” D-Link naturally positions its new switches as being “suitable for a variety of applications in business networks of all sizes".

Three models are available in Australia and New Zealand:

  • the DGS-3630-28TC (28-Port Gigabit xStack Layer 3+ Managed Stackable Switch with 24 1000Base-T (4 Combo SFP) and 4 10 GbE SFP+ Ports);
  • the DGS-3630-28SC (28-Port Gigabit xStack Layer 3+ Managed Stackable Switch with 24 SFP (4 Combo 1000Base-T) and 4 10 GbE SFP+ Ports); and
  • the DGS-3630-52TC (52-Port Gigabit xStack Layer 3+ Managed Stackable Switch with 48 1000Base-T and 4 10 GbE SFP+ Ports).

D-Link points to the “recent independent third-party Tolly Group comparison” reporting that “the D-Link DGS-3630-28TC Layer 3 Stackable Managed Gigabit Switch outperformed comparable competitor product from Cisco, showing lower L2 and L3 latency across all packet sizes tested".

And, along with equivalent throughput from the competitor, we’re told the D-Link switch “also excelled in long-term benefits for total cost of ownership with cost-per-gigabit up to 56% lower than Cisco, and up to 38% lower power consumption.”

Out of the box, D-Link says its new switches “include the Standard Image (SI) software, supporting essential SMB and SME functionality, such as L2 switching, entry-level routing, L2 multicast, advanced QoS, Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM), and robust security features".

For additional functionality, D-Link’s DGS-3630 switches “can be upgraded to Enhanced Image (EI) software using separately ordered license upgrades. The Enhanced Image adds support for full L3 routing for Enterprise integration, including OSPF, BGP, VRF-Lite, and L3 multicast".

While this is more or less completely meaningless to everyday consumers who want things to “just work”, this alphabet soup of acronyms, standards and features should put a smile of the dials of switched-on network admins.

Another man with a smile is D-Link A/NZ managing director Graeme Reardon who said, “An upgradeable software image provides a flexible approach to system management and allows network administrators to deploy a lower cost L2+ solution today, and upgrade to a L3 solution in the future as networking needs change and a full dynamic routing solution becomes required.”

Need more acronyms, features, specs and benefits to give you brain a hearty word breakfast full of copper and fibre?

Then you’ll be pleased to know that copper (RJ45) and fibre (SFP) versions are available, and “all models support four 10-Gigabit SFP+ ports, which can be used for uplinks or for stacking. For out-of-band CLI management, network administrators can use either a conventional RJ45 or mini-USB console port. The switch also has a USB port that can be used to store logs, configuration, and firmware images".

So, what are some additional features? These include:

  • Stackability: Physical stacking up to nine units, Virtual Stacking/clustering up to 32 units.
  • Reliability: Redundant Power Supply support; 6 kV surge protection on all RJ45 access ports; Ethernet Ring Protection Switching; Loopback Detection.
  • Easy Management: RJ45/mini-USB console port; management and alarm ports; USB port for firmware and configuration files; easy-to-use web GUI, Industry standard CLI, and advanced OAM features.
  • D-Link Green technology: Includes a power-saving mode, smart fan feature, reduced heat dissipation, and cable length detection.
  • Industry leading warranty: Lifetime warranty and next business day advance hardware replacement.

D-Link says its DGS-3630 series switches are “available now throughout Australia and New Zealand via D-Link’s network of authorised channel partners, resellers, distributors and online retailers”, with detailed specifications available at D-Link.

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