NETGEAR Breaks Industry Price Barrier To Bring First Affordable 10 Gigabit Switches To Small And Medium-Sized Business Networks

  NETGEAR Breaks Industry Price Barrier To Bring First Affordable 10 Gigabit
             Switches To Small And Medium-Sized Business Networks

Revolutionizes 10 Gigabit networking with first cost-effective 10GBASE-T
Copper Plus, Smart, and Managed Switches for sub-500 user networks in
business, education and government

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM:
NTGR) (, a global networking company that delivers innovative
products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today set a new bar
for the networking industry by expanding its switching solutions
( with a full range of the industry's
first announced affordable 10 Gigabit Copper (10GBASE-T) switches for small
and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), government agencies, educational
facilities, and other networks supporting fewer than 500 users.

NETGEAR is introducing three new switches with groundbreaking price points,
ranging from the lightly managed ProSafe 8-port 10 Gigabit Plus Switch
(XS708E) for small networks,  to the ProSafe 12-port 10 Gigabit Smart Switch
(XS712T) for small and medium-sized networks, to the ProSafe 24-Port 10
Gigabit Copper M7100 series Managed Switch (XSM7224) designed for enterprise
and campus-style networks supporting up to 500 users. NETGEAR's new 10GBASE-T
offerings range from as little as $125 per port to $250 per port on the top
end, in stark comparison to the most aggressively priced 10GBASE-T solutions
currently on the market, which can cost $415 per port or more.

"It's good to see that NETGEAR is offering a switch with 10 Gigabit for
entry-level situations," said Eric Lindeman, a solution consultant with ETC
Distribution BV in the Netherlands ( "I look forward
to the massive speed upgrade and how the network will perform as a result."

Today's announcement greatly expands NETGEAR's leadership in future-proof
networking technology innovation in 10 Gigabit switching. The new copper
switches join the NETGEAR ProSafe 24-Port 10 Gigabit Stackable L2+ Managed
Switch (XSM7224S) successfully launched in early 2011 that leverages 10
Gigabit fiber to enable businesses to accelerate their data centers to
enterprise-class speed, with far less cost and complexity than traditional
enterprise vendors
With the introduction of the new 10GBASE-T switches, NETGEAR becomes the first
networking solutions provider to bring more affordable 10GBASE-T solutions to
sub-500 user networks to alleviate performance bottlenecks and deliver a fast
and seamless response to unpredictable bandwidth demands. The company now
offers a complete portfolio of cost-effective 10 Gigabit copper and fiber
switching solutions ( for networks ranging from a
few employees to medium-sized businesses and government agencies with remote
branches and campus-style networks.

According to Crehan Research, (, a market research and
consulting firm focused on data center switch, server and storage networking,
10GBASE-T switch shipments are expected to see a forty-fold increase over the
next five years. "Thus far, 10GBASE-T switch market penetration has been
relatively low. However, the arrival of affordable, lower-power products in
conjunction with the uptake of 10GBASE-T on servers should propel much broader
10GBASE-T switch adoption," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.

The network performance bottleneck caused by the growing demand for bandwidth
to support intensive new applications, combined with the proliferation of data
replication and the widespread adoption of server and storage virtualization
in small and medium sized networks, is driving the deployment of 10 Gigabit
solutions for network connectivity. 10GBASE-T, like other BASE-T technologies,
uses the standard RJ45 Ethernet jack, a connection form factor not only common
on switches but also normally integrated onto servers, workstations and other
PCs. BASE-T usually runs up to 100 meters, on the widely deployed, twisted
pair copper cabling such as Cat6A and more recently Cat7, which is far easier
to adopt than 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) fiber. 10GBASE-T technology is also
backward compatible, auto-negotiating between higher and lower speeds, thereby
not forcing an all-at-once network upgrade. With Crehan Research predicting
that the number of servers with 10GbE ports will represent a majority of
servers shipped in 2014, 10GbE has finally reached the tipping point of
availability on servers. The next step in adoption requires affordable price
points for infrastructure, to put 10GbE in the realm of possibility for
smaller networks as well as medium-sized enterprises, government agencies and
educational facilities with evolving networking requirements.

"Until now, 10 Gigabit switching has been only an unattainable pipe dream for
small and medium-sized networks due to the high cost of entry. But 10GBASE-T
provides growing networks a migration path to newer technologies while
preserving current hardware investments, a perfect match to meet the cost and
performance requirements of growing businesses and other organizations,"
explained Peter Newton, senior director of NETGEAR product management for
Commercial Business.

He added, "NETGEAR 10 Gigabit switch solutions combine the latest advances in
hardware and software engineering for higher availability, lower latency and
power consumption and stronger security, at industry-leading, breakthrough
price points. The switches we're announcing today enable us to offer a
complete portfolio of 10 Gigabit solutions, spanning small server clusters to
network aggregation, and from workgroup labs to network backbones. NETGEAR is
already a leading provider for Unmanaged and Smart Switches; our
first-to-market advantage in 10GBASE-T switches positions us as leaders in
10GbE switches as well."

10GBASE-T for medium-sized enterprise and campus-style networks

The NETGEAR ProSafe 24-Port 10 Gigabit Copper M7100 series Managed Switch
(XSM7224) ( is the world's first cost-effective
10GBASE-T departmental solution. The M7100 series (XSM7224) is ideal for
installations requiring reliable, affordable and simple 10 Gigabit Ethernet
top-of-rack server access layer in enterprise and campus-style networks and
for high-density, high-performance 10GbE aggregation. The M7100 series
(XSM7224) consists of a fully managed, low-latency, line-rate 10GbE copper
BASE-T switch solution; 24 ports of 10GBASE-T (RJ45) interfaces that support
Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit speeds for server, storage and
network progressive upgrade; and four ports of SFP+ interfaces that broaden 10
Gigabit connectivity for 1GbE/10GbE fiber uplinks and other DAC connections.

Like all NETGEAR products, the M7100 series (XSM7224) delivers more
functionality with less difficulty: Auto-iSCSI optimization, private VLANs and
Local Proxy ARP take the complexity out of delivering network services for
virtualized servers and 10 Gigabit infrastructures. The M7100 series (XSM7224)
delivers pure line-rate performance for top-of-rack virtualization or
convergence, without having to pay the exorbitant acquisition and maintenance
costs associated with other networking vendors.

10GBASE-T for small and medium networks

Thanks to NETGEAR, small and medium businesses, agencies and educational
facilities are no longer priced out of 10 Gigabit switching solutions. The
NETGEAR ProSafe 12-port 10 Gigabit Smart Switch (XS712T)
(, offers twelve 10GbE copper connectivity
ports and two shared 10GbE fiber SFP+ ports as well as an extensive set of
Layer 2 network features through the easy-to-use web-based management
interface that comes in all NETGEAR Smart Switches. In addition to VLAN
support for traffic segmentation, QoS for traffic prioritization, advanced
security and IGMP snooping, the switch also provides advanced features such as
dynamic VLAN assignment, double VLAN tagging, ACL binding, static routing, and
MLP snooping. In small and medium-sized networks, the XS712T can be used as
the core switch, providing 10 Gigabit connections to servers and storage
devices. The XS712T can also be used as an aggregation switch in
medium-to-larger-sized networks, where it can be connected to the new ProSafe
M7100 series Managed Switch (XSM7224) at the core.

10G-BASE-T for smaller networks

It's not only large businesses and government agencies that are experiencing
network stress as a result of the proliferation of Big Data applications. The
NETGEAR ProSafe 8-port 10 Gigabit Plus Switch (XS708E)
(  provides eight 10G copper connectivity
ports and one shared 10G fiber SFP+ port, at a very affordable price point
comparable to enterprise switches. With 10GBASE-T, customers can use the
standard RJ45 Ethernet jack and the Cat6 or Cat7 copper cable already broadly
deployed within their existing network. The network speed can be improved
tenfold from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit with minimal network changes. As part of
the NETGEAR ProSafe Plus Switch product family, the 10 Gigabit ProSafe Plus
Switch offers some fundamental features beyond those of plug-and-play
Unmanaged Switches. These features, for optimizing network performance,
include VLAN support, QoS, IGMP snooping, port trunking, rate limiting, and
traffic monitoring. The XS708E 10G ProSafe Plus Switch is ideal for smaller
organizations —whether businesses, agencies or educational facilities—
considering simple and affordable 10GE connectivity for their 10G-capable
servers and storage devices.

Pricing and Availability

NETGEAR ProSafe products are available through a broad variety of NETGEAR
PowerShift partners ( and authorized reseller
and DMR channels.

  oThe NETGEAR ProSafe 24-Port 10 Gigabit Copper M7100 series Managed Switch
    (XSM7224) is available now worldwide at an MSRP in the U.S. of $7,990.
  oThe NETGEAR ProSafe 12-port 10 Gigabit Smart Switch (XS712T) will begin
    shipping in late Q1 at a U.S. MSRP of $2,500.
  oThe NETGEAR ProSafe 8-port 10 Gigabit Plus Switch (XS708E) is also
    available now worldwide at an MSRP in the U.S. of $1,400.

All NETGEAR switches provide world-class reliability and are backed by the
industry-leading ProSafe Lifetime Hardware Warranty and 24x7 technical support
that connects businesses directly with experienced switching experts. The
ProSafe M7100 series also includes ProSupport Lifetime 24x7 Advanced Technical
Support in addition to a 3-Year Next Business Day Onsite Hardware Replacement.

More Information
Learn more about the full NETGEAR portfolio of 10 Gigabit aggregation
solutions by visiting For details on the NETGEAR
ProSafe 24-Port 10 Gigabit Copper M7100 series Managed Switch (XSM7224), go to Visit to learn
more about the ProSafe 12-port 10 Gigabit Smart Switch (XS712T). More
information on the ProSafe 8-port 10 Gigabit Plus Switch (XS708E) can be found

To learn about the full range of NETGEAR ProSafe Fully Managed, Smart, and
Plus switches for businesses, government agencies, educational facilities and
other networks, go to

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers
innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For
consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home
networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the
Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides
networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of
big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven,
whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a
variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with
a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in
approximately 25,000 retail locations around the globe, and through
approximately 40,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in
San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an
ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at or by
calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at and

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