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HP ProCurve unveils SMB switch

New switch series aimed at SMBs looking to scale; SonicWALL brings UTM to 802.11n.

HP ProCurve unveils SMB switch

Hewlett-Packard ProCurve launched a series of switches this week aimed at enabling bandwidth-intensive applications like unified communications and VoIP in small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The new ProCurve 2910 Switch Series includes four gigabit enterprise-class switches with 10 GigE options that can be deployed at the network edge, in the data center or in remote branch offices. There are two 24-port switches and two 48-port switches that include SFP slots for optional fiber uplinks. ProCurve also offers three 10G modules for the 24-port 2910 switches. The switches aim to enable SMBs to grow their systems as their needs evolve.

The switches are priced from $2,609 to $6,599. The modules cost $779 to $2,099. All products are available April 1.

SonicWALL brings unified threat management to 802.11n -- and an access point

SonicWALL has upgraded its unified threat management (UTM) to support 802.11n wireless access points, unveiling an upgraded controller system this week. The system scans traffic using the company's deep packet inspection technology to protect systems from viruses, spyware and other threats.

The upgraded software, SonicOS 5.2, expands the company's NSA E-class, NSA and TZ 210 UTM firewalls to include the high speed 802.11n wireless standard. These systems previously only supported 802.11a/b/g.

The company also released the 128 SonicPoint-N Dual-Band access point (AP) that is self-discovered and automatically provisioned by SonicWALL's controller. The AP enables up to 300 MBps data rates and can integrate into a system with legacy 802.11a/b/g clients or function with new 802.11n clients.

Data center managers looking to buy larger-configuration servers

Data center managers are moving toward buying servers with larger configurations, according research from Gabriel Consulting Group, reported this week. Of 186 data center managers surveyed in the 2008 vendor-preference survey, 40% said they planned to purchase "more" or "many more" dual-socket servers in the coming year, while 33% said they would buy quad-socket servers and 23% said they would acquire x86 servers. Only 8% said they planned to buy single-socket servers.

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