[dc-ops] Low-End Switches with Dual Power

Michael K. Smith - Adhost mksmith at adhost.com
Thu Sep 8 13:34:31 EDT 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dc-ops-bounces at puck.nether.net [mailto:dc-ops-
> bounces at puck.nether.net] On Behalf Of Doug McIntyre
> Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 10:10 PM
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> Subject: Re: [dc-ops] Low-End Switches with Dual Power
> On Wed, Sep 07, 2011 at 07:53:54PM -0500, Express Web Systems wrote:
> > > Does anyone have a good recommendation for a 1U (or similar) managed
> > > switch with dual power inputs, preferably A/C?
> > What about an RPS system (obviously cisco specific)?
> FWIW: several other vendors have RPS too.
> Most Dell switches (OEM'd from different sources for each product
> line) have an RPS option.  Their RPS are much simpler than Cisco,
> which in this setup usually means better.  Ie. the RPS box is 4
> independant power supplies in one box. No worrying about if you are
> powering too many (ie. 3 of 6 is it?). The switch takes power either
> way, and doesn't need a reboot to bring it back on its primary power
> (although Cisco has fixed that lately?)
> Juniper lowest end (EX2200) have an RPS port, although no unit yet.
> Rumored to be out sometime in the next few quarters. The next step
> up (EX3200) have dual power supply options and aren't too terribly
> pricey, especially for the feature set. But still more than $1k.

The new Dell series switches, the J-EX4200 as an example, have dual power supplies built in, but pricing isn't available yet on the website.  As someone said, they also have an RPS option for the PowerConnect line.


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