HP Throws A ProCurve With New Switches

HP announced two new networking equipment products: the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 6308M-SX and Switch 6208M-SX and redundant-management modules.

The HP ProCurve Routing Switch 6308M-SX (8 ports;$19,249) provides the gigabit aggregation point needed for high-performance small- to medium-sized environments or as a gigabit aggregator switch to a larger core switch in a large network. High-availability features include port-aggregation and switch-failover capability. The HP ProCurve Switch 6208M-SX (8 ports; $14,249) is an ideal solution for companies that are price sensitive or do not need routing support, but still require wire-speed gigabit aggregation from a Layer 2 switch.

Both switches are fixed, eight-port managed gigabit switches that deliver 12 million packets per second wire-speed performance and 32 gigabits per second aggregate switching capacity, and come with a built-in redundant power supply. Layer 4 Quality of Service features ensure control over the available bandwidth.

HP's new switch and routing switch are expected to be available in October through HP's worldwide network of authorized computer dealers, resellers and distributors.

The HP ProCurve Redundant Management Modules, each having slightly different port configurations, support the redundant-management feature for the HP ProCurve 9300 routing switches. This feature allows two redundant-management modules to be installed in the same chassis, providing failover capability for this vital functionality. The new modules are expected to be available in November.

The HP ProCurve 9300 Redundant Management Module has no ports and allows two management modules in the same chassis. Gigabit-LX ports allow connections of up to 5km (using single-mode fiber) or 550m using multimode fiber. Gigabit-SX ports allow connections up to 220m (62.5/125 multimode) or 500m (50/125 multimode) fiber cable.