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Cisco Stackable Switches (500 Series) outperform the competition (HP, Netgear, D-Link) in new Miercom lab test report (October 2012)


A new Stackable switch lab test report from Miercom confirms superiority of Cisco 500 Series Stackable switches over comparable products from HP, Netgear, and D-Link.

What's new in this report?

  • Focus on Stackable Switches – Cisco 500 series, HP 2910al, Netgear GSM7x, D-Link DGS-3120
  • For Stacking, comparison of:

  • Cross-stack configuration and operation
  • Resiliency and failover/recovery of Stack
  • Ease of Stack configuration
  • Cost Effectiveness of Stack
  • Stack Throughput

  • Switch operation in the presence of a Denial-of-Service attack and Protocol Mutations
  • EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet)

Report Results highlights:

Cisco 500 series Switches were proven to have the:

  • Highest Scalability (MAC, VLANs, ACLs)
  • Best Stack Resiliency
  • Lowest Energy Consumption
  • The only switches supporting EEE – Energy savings of up to 41%
  • The only products performing flawlessly when under Attack
  • The easiest to setup and operate
  • Lowest normalized cost of ownership

While the report proves that the 500 Series is superior against all the products from all vendors in the test, the position against HP's top-selling 2910al portfolio is particularly stark:


What this translates to from a Business perspective is:

  • It allows Cisco solutions to be used in more business critical applications given the superior resiliency proven by this report
  • Gives customers direct lifecyle savings over HP given that it consumes lower power (operational savings)
  • Products also offer lower capex with lower cost per Gig and POE watt
  • Products are easiest to operate given the best ease-of-use
  • Gives customers the confidence that they will operate flawlessly even in the presence of a malicious denial-of-service attack

Download the report and see for yourself.

Rising star

Ivor did a great Presentation with demo on the 500 series.  Check out;


Cisco Employee

There are additional reports which have been created for the Cisco 300 and 200 Series compared to products from HP, Netgear, and D-Link. You may want to review them as well: