Convergence In The Closet

Brunk, Matt
January 2006
Business Communications Review;Jan2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p40
Trade Publication
The article discusses how to monitor power consumption of appliances and save power using network streamlining. Most networks do not start out with managed LAN switches with onboard power of Ethernet, or even routers with enough switch ports to serve just a small LAN. Networks evolve resulting in an increase in the number of equipment on customer sites. Customer sites vary in numbers and kinds of LAN switches, cable or DSL modems, routers and other gear and most of this gear has the potential to disrupt the entire network, a network segment or user operations. Another useful tool is labeling of ports, physical interfaces and VLANs. To meet the needs of small business, the key points include the five-year warranty, unlimited technical support, no licensing costs and free firmware upgrades. These factors are responsible for minimizing risk to customers, providing value and delivering benefits that pay off before and after the sales cycle has ended. Configuration of corporate firewalls with the Netvanta stateful firewall running behind them is also an alternative for IP or SIP telephone deployments connecting to the appliance. INSET: Solving Network Loops..


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