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D-Link Smart Switches future-proof businesses and bring 10G connectivity to the mainstream

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Gigabit Stackable Smart Managed Switches with 10G Uplinks eliminate the Gigabit bottleneck and optimise business networks for BYOD and server virtualisation

London, 14th March, 2014 - D-Link is delivering unparalleled flexibility, scalability, features and performance for businesses of all sizes with the launch of Gigabit Stackable Smart Managed Switches with 10G Uplinks (the DGS-1510 Series).

The range brings 16, 24 and 48 10/100/1000Mbps port versions, including two Gigabit SFP ports and two 10G SFP+ ports, as well as one 24-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) option. This provides businesses with a simple and "cost effective" means of managing networks of all sizes.

The inclusion of 10G SFP+ ports makes this series ideal for deployments in the core network of smaller businesses with high bandwidth demands for data replication and backup, video on demand applications and server virtualisation. A 10G network core also future-proofs network capacity, important especially as more mobile devices are being used in the work environment. For medium to large scale enterprise deployment, it can serve as a perfect aggregator for the edge of the network.

"This new range  bridges the gap between the traditional smart switch and a more expensive fully-managed switch that offers features beyond what small- to medium-sized businesses need," said Andrew Mulholland, Head of Business Solutions, D-Link UK&I.

"It further extends our drive to bring a rich feature set to our smart switches, as well as 10G connectivity to the mainstream. The result is a more gradual upgrade path allowing businesses, educational organisations and security companies to invest in their networks now, without having to worry about the future impact on IT budgets."

Historically, small and medium-sized businesses upgrading their switching environments to incorporate 10G connectivity have had to make a quantum leap in terms of investment. This often meant moving to a more complicated fully managed switch solution. These Gigabit Stackable Smart Managed Switches with 10G Uplinks are the next generation of D-Link's Smart switches and solve this problem with performance and features to match a managed switch, but with the price tag, flexibility and ease of use of a smart switch.

The series brings a range of features previously only available on high-end managed switches. These include extensive Layer 2 features and Layer 3 traffic management, Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth control as well as several green power saving options.

A comprehensive management solution makes it easy to manage the entire network through a web-based GUI or the D-Link Network Assistant using features like automatic switch discovery and batch operations, amongst others. This is augmented by strong security including innovative IP-MAC-Port binding, Safeguard Engine, ACL and ARP Spoofing Prevention to protect the network from malicious attacks and illegal access.

Furthermore, there is a 24-port version that supports PoE, delivering up to 30W of power output following the IEEE 802.3at standard. For businesses looking to power VoIP phones, wireless access points or network cameras, this design allows more flexibility in power allocation with affordable installation costs. The added option of PoE and port scheduling functionality allows ports or the network to be powered down when not in use, further reducing costs while increasing network security.

In addition, this new range supports physical stacking through 10G connectivity to create fault-tolerant network solutions as well as centralised switch management through virtual stacking via D-Link's Single IP Management (SIM), allowing up to 32 devices to be managed via a single IP. This simplifies management of small workgroups or wiring closets while allowing the network to be scaled to handle increased bandwidth demand. SIM not only reduces the number of IP addresses needed in your network but also allow switches to be stacked together over Ethernet instead of using physical uplink or stacking ports. This eliminates the need for any specialised stacking cables while at the same time removing the distance barriers that typically limit your topology options when using other stacking technology.

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D-Link is one of the world's leading networking infrastructure providers, and this marks its 28th year of delivering innovative, high-performing and intuitive products for both businesses and consumers. For over a quarter of a century, D-Link has designed, developed and manufactured award-winning networking, wireless, storage, security and IP surveillance solutions. D-Link delivers its extensive range of networking products to organisations and consumers through its global network of channel partners and service providers. D-Link understands the significance of accessing, managing, securing and sharing data and digital content, and has pioneered many IP technologies to deliver a fully integrated Digital Home and business network experience.

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