April 28, 2008
NETGEAR Unveils New Networking Solutions for SMBs
By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor
Computer networking solutions provider NETGEAR on Monday unveiled five new products at the Interop (News
) show in Las Vegas, part of the company’s portfolio and initiatives geared toward small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The new products being introduced are:
- ProSafe 24- and 48-port gigabit smart switch with static routing (GS724TR and GS748TR
- ProSafe 24-port gigagit smart switch (GS724AT)
- ProSafe 802.11n dual band wireless access point (WNDAP330)
- ReadyNAS Pro 6-bay gigabit desktop storage (RNDP6000
NETGEAR is also unveiling enhancements to its PowerShift Partner Program, which has been revamped to better serve the needs of value added resellers (VARs) and other solution providers.
The company’s ProSafe smart switches are designed for robust security and traffic management. This results in high-availability for growing networks, along with enhanced quality of service (QoS
). NETGEAR also said the 24- and 48-port switches (GS724TR and GS748TR) are the first of their kind to offer static routing capabilities,enabling businesses to offload inter-VLAN routing traffic from the core to optimize bandwidth efficiency.
Another first, according to NETGEAR, is the ReadyNAS desktop storage solution, the first such small form factor product with six bays designed specifically for SMBs. It’s designed to provide storage for as many as 200 users.
NETGEAR also touted its ProSafe 802.11n dual band wireless access point as being “the first business-class dual-band wireless access point in the industry.” It incorporates power-over-Ethernet
functionality, and includes support for 802.11g and 802.11a devices, as well as WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection and 802.1x with RADIUS.
“We’re continuing to reinforce our dedication to the SMB market and the channel that serves it with the enhancement of our PowerShift Partner Program and the launch of several first-to-market, advanced networking products that broaden our portfolio of end-to-end networking solutions to serve the needs of growing businesses with five to 250+ users,” said Patrick Lo, chairman and chief executive officer of NETGEAR, in a statement.
He added: “The combination of our robust product portfolio and value-packed channel program will enable NETGEAR to further strengthen its position as the go-to provider for SMB networking solutions.”
Mae Kowalke is senior editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Mae’s articles, please visit her columnist page. She also blogs for TMCnet here.