Dave Braucht, consulting engineer with Spokane, Wash.-based solution provider Network Design & Management, said the 8-port version will be a perfect fit for scenarios where a switch is needed for a small number of servers of appliances off the DMZ port of a firewall.
"In the past we had to use a bigger switch or create a VLAN off of a bigger chassis switch, which I don't like to do for security reasons," Braucht said.
For customers that require a quite switch with higher port density, HP is also launching the Switch 2510-24, an offering that has no fan and provides a low-cost migration path to the managed switch environment. It is priced at $419.
All of the switches are scheduled to ship in September and include a lifetime warranty.