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Hewlett-Packard Co has released three new switches with its HP NetReady Automated Performance Technology, and has upgraded its AdvanceStack Switch 2000 workgroup switch. The new AdvanceStack Switch 208T and 224T workgroup switches come with eight or 24 10Mbps ports, one fixed 100Base-T port and one transceiver bay for an additional 100Base-T port. Both have a 1Gbps switching bus, which Hewlett Packard says enables 25% more throughput than competitive switches. The 208T can be used to increase performance of existing shared 10Base-T workgroups by placing it at the top of a stack of hubs. The 224T provides dedicated bandwidth to the desktop. Both have fiber and Unshielded Twisted Pair 100Mbps connections and can automatically sense for half or full-duplex operation. The 800T is an eight-port 100Base-T segment switch that automatically senses for 10Mbps or 100Mbps operation. Hewlett Packard is targeting it at users consolidating servers into a data center with 10Mbps and 100Mbps connections while using multiswitch port trunking to create a backbone connection greater than 100Mbps. The switch ships with four AdvanceStack 100Base-TX Unshielded Twisted Pair transceiver modules installed and has four transceiver bays open for additional 100Base-TX modules or 100Base-FX fiber-optic transceiver modules. According to Hewlett Packard, its new HP NetReady Automated Performance Technology package combines hardware and software intelligence to automatically optimize network performance. It includes Layer 3 switching intelligence to provide router-like control and includes an application for silent monitoring and configuration recommendations. The Switch 2000 has been upgraded to include the new NetReady management. In addition, asynchronous transfer mode support for the 2000 will ship later this year. The Switch 208T is set to cost $1,600, the 224T $2,900, the 800T $4,000 and the 2000 $2,500. The new switches are due out on May 1.

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