In Brief: 3Com Introduces "Future-Proof" Upgradeable Switch
3Com has announced the release of the SuperStack 3 Switch 4400 SE, a business-class switch aimed organizations without the immediate need for enhanced traffic management. According to the company, the device is upgradeable to advanced features, including Layer 4 traffic prioritization.
According to 3Com, 4400 SE supports up to eight Gigabit Ethernet uplinks in a copper or fiber stack. Eight switches can be stacked together in a rack with a total of 192 10/100 ports. Other features include high-bandwidth link aggregation and resiliency features. Traffic load may be shared across ports with link aggregation, and can be set up on different units in the 3Com stack. A redundant power option is meant to ensure that the switch does not go down in the event of a power failure.
When used in combination with 3Com IP-based phone products, the switches automatically configure the network to provide priority to voice traffic.
3Com has set the price for the 4400 SE at $1295. The software upgrade is promised for the second half of this year and will cost $495.