Netgear Takes Aim at Network Management

What does it takes to compete in the midsized enterprise networking market?

For networking vendor Netgear, part of competing in the enterprise networking space is about continuing to deliver new products that expand its portfolio. This week Netgear announced a new 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) managed switch and a network management system.

The new products are all part of Netgear’s growing position in the midsized enterprise networking space as it ramps up competition against rivals including Cisco and HP.

“While Netgear has had great success in selling business products, some customers know our brand better as a consumer networking provider,” Peter Newton, Netgear’s director of business product marketing, told “We do need to inform our customers better about our successes providing business networking solutions”

Newton added that over the last 10 years Netgear has shipped more than 120 million Ethernet port and 2 million firewalls to enterprises around the world. Netgear is aiming to expand its footprint of Ethernet ports with the new XSM7224S ProSafe 24-port 10GE Managed L2+ Switch.

Newton said that the XSM is a Linux operating system based switching system. The use of Linux for switching equipment is common across a number of networking vendors, including Cisco where Linux is used extensively in the small business portfolio.

“The explosion of 10 Gbps links in the core and data center of the medium-sized enterprises are driving the need for more optimized products to meet those higher speed requirements,” Newton said. “The XSM7224S meets those needs.”

Among the advanced capabilities on the new XSM7224S is support for IPv6 as well as QoS (quality of service) features.

On the network management side, Netgear is rolling out its new NMS200 ProSafe Network Management System. Newton explained that the NMS is a software platform that will run on several different Windows platforms including Windows XP, Windows Server (2003 & 2008), Windows7 (32 and 64 bit).

“NMS200 initially will discover, configure and monitor Netgear managed switches,” Newton said. “Over time, we expect to add additional Netgear products to those capabilities”

The NMS uses a variety of protocols including SNMP to both monitor and manage network devices. Additionally there are logging capabilities that could be used for SIEM (Security Incident and Event Manager) system purposes.

The NMS200 management system will be available in October while Netgear is targeting the XSM7224S for December availability.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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