Networking vendor D-Link has launched a business class Green Ethernet switch as it aims to cash in on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) craze.
The 16 and 24 port Gigabit switches – named the DGS-1016D 16-port and the DGS
– are high end versions of the products aimed at the SMB sector, which were
launched at the BETT show in January (CRN, 18 January).
The products are designed to minimise electricity use by Ethernet switches,
using intelligent technology that only demands a much power as absolutely
necessary to set up a signal. A Green switch can power itself down, if the
device it is attached to is perceived to be off. It can also vary the voltage
used, according to the length of cable the switch has to broadcast across. Until
now, all switches have been given a default setting of maximum voltage by
D-Link claimed it can offer up to 45 per cent energy savings against standard switches.
Chris Davies, general manager at D-Link UK, said this technology would give
resellers something unique to offer customers, and called on Cisco resellers to
consider a greener option. “It works on so many levels,” he said, “Price,
performance or principle.”
The unmanaged Green Ethernet switches deliver a convincing response to the
business need for more energy efficient business solutions, Davies said.
The incorporation of green Ethernet technology into these latest switches
D-Link's resellers the chance to appear to be making a strong commitment to
protecting the environment, he argued. “D Link is leading the development of
eco-friendly products that comply with RoHS (restriction of hazardous
substances) and WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) directives,” he
The RoHS directive restricts the use of specific hazardous materials during
manufacture of electrical and electronic goods while WEEE applies standards for
proper disposal and recycling of products.
The green enterprise switches are available with up to 48 ports in a variety
convenient configurations, layer two or three, managed or unmanaged, web smart,
gigabit Ethernet, PoE, and unified wireless switches.
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