Conduct a competitive comparison of the following network switches using the excel template provided. • Allied Telesyn: AT-9724TS, AT-9748TS/XP o [url removed, login to view] • Cisco: 3750G-24TS-S o [url removed, login to view] • 3Com: SuperStack 4924 o [url removed, login to view] • Foundry: FWS-X424, FWS-X448 o [url removed, login to view] • Extreme: Summit7i (Copper Version) o [url removed, login to view] • Alcatel: OmniStack 6300 (OS6300-24) o [url removed, login to view] • Enterasys: C1G124-24 o [url removed, login to view] • HP Procurve: 3400cl-24G, 3400cl-48G o [url removed, login to view] • SMC: 8648T, 8624T o [url removed, login to view] o [url removed, login to view]
**Prerequisite** Bidder must have in-depth knowledge of Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switching and network standards, protocols, and features. Without this knowledge the bidder will fail at this task. Different vendors may offer the same feature but give it a different name the bidder who does the comparison must be able to identify this. For example: If you look for the port mirroring feature on a Cisco switch you will not find it even though they do support it. The reason for this is because Cisco calls mirroring ‘SPAN’ which stands for Switched Port Analyzer. You must understand that these are the same feature. You must also be able to decipher these kinds of differences for all other features. Only a bidder who is very familiar with switching technology will be able to do this project and make a valid comparison of the products. **Objectivity** There must be no vendor or product bias. **Information Sources** To conduct the comparison you will reference the datasheets, manuals and the vendor website. The data sheets and manuals should be downloaded from each vendor’s webpage. **Identifying Sources** For information gathered in datashees and manuals you must reference the Document (Doc), Page Number (PN), Paragraph Number (ParaN) [note: count from top to bottom], and Line Number (LN) so that I can verify the feature. For web page sources please provide a hyper link along with ParaN and LN information. Include this information in the spreadsheet column titled ‘Source’. For example: DOC:Reference Manual, PN:62 ParaN:4 LN:2 The Information You Must Gather The Excel workbook provided lists many features that you will need to look for. However, I want to know all of the features each switch has -not just the features I have listed. These features must be added to the worksheet under the ‘other features and protocols’ section. **Cell Answers** There are two types on answers you are to provide in this worksheet. The cells that are colored blue require ‘fill-in’ answers. These answers are typically a number. The other kind of answer is a multiple choice answer. Multiple choice cells are colored yellow and there are three choices: ‘YES’ ‘NO’ ‘UPGRADE’. Answer ‘YES’ if the product supports the listed feature. Answer ‘UPGRADE’ if the product supports the feature but a software upgrade must be purchased. Answer ‘No’ for all features in the spread sheet that are not mentioned. Your only source of information must be the product datasheet, manual, and website. **Summary Worksheet** The first worksheet in the workbook is a summary sheet. This sheet will be automatically populated as you enter information for each switch being compared. **Workbook Modification** If the current structure of the workbook does not allow you to properly answer for each feature you may modify it to allow for more accurate answers. This will be ok as long as the end result fits well in the summary page.