August 31st, 2015 by Lyle Smith
NETGEAR Announces the ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T)
NETGEAR has introduced the ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T), the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch purposely designed for SMBs with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features. Backed by NETGEAR’s Lifetime Hardware Warranty and customer support coverage, the new XS728T provides 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost for small to mid-sized organizations, such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities.
NETGEAR indicates that they are the only switching vendor to offer two models of Smart Managed 10GBASE-T switches with different port density options (the other being the XS712T). The ProSAFE XS728T’s 24 10-Gigabit Copper ports and 4 additional dedicated SFP+ ports for 10G fiber links gives organizations a cost-effective way to provide 10G connections to 10G-capable servers and NAS systems. NETGEAR adds that it can function at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation or access switch in a larger organization including workgroup access, connecting to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (like the M6100) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.
The ProSAFE XS728T is built with a comprehensive set of L2+/Layer 3 Lite features to meet organizations’ needs on virtualization, converged networks, and mobility:
- Advanced VLAN features such as Protocol-based VLAN, MAC-based VLAN and 802.1x Guest VLAN
- Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) with L2/L3/L4 awareness and 8 priority queues including Q-in-Q
- Static Routing (both IPv4 and IPv6)
- Private VLAN
- Dynamic VLAN assignment
- IGMP and MLD snooping
- Advanced Security
- IPv6 support for management, QoS and ACL
- Easy-to-use web-based management GUI or PC-based Smart Control Center application for multi-switch deployment
Pricing and Availability
NETGEAR ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T) is now globally available through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels for approximately $4,624.00 depending on the reseller and bundled offerings.