4 Slot & 8 Slot
ProCurve Switch Positioning
Regardless of your network's architecture — whether you have adopted ProCurve's Adaptive
EDGE architecture with its intelligence at the edge, or whether you use a traditional architecture
that concentrates intelligence at the center of the network — you have a choice of wiring
topologies to implement that architecture. The intelligence and throughput of the ProCurve
Series 5300xl switch make it suitable for applications at or near the edge of networks of all
sizes, or in the center of networks that are small-to-moderate in size; the switch's modular
structure gives you the flexibility to tailor the switch to match your topology's requirements.
A widely used method for segmenting the areas in which switches are installed calls for three
different classifications: access, distribution and core. Access switches provide aggregation of
end nodes for connection to a distribution or core switch and are usually found in wiring closets.
Distribution switches aggregate the links from access switches and possibly server farms.
Distribution switches anchor the network in a building, or, for small networks, across a campus.
Core switches provide the focal point of the local network, aggregating the distribution switches,
providing connectivity for central site data centers, and providing connectivity in many cases to
the external network.
Access switch requirements vary depending on the use model of the customer. Some customers
just want basic aggregation with high-speed uplinks. Other customers require a more
sophisticated approach with security, QoS, Layer 3 routing services, VLAN services, flexible
filtering, and some level of fault tolerance. The ProCurve 5300xl Switch Series meets the needs
of the sophisticated access tier implementation.
Other switches in the ProCurve switch product line cover the needs of the lower end access tier,
as well as distribution and core areas of the network.
10 GbE Stackable
6 CX4 + 2 Flex
6 X2 + 2 Flex
4 Slot & 8 Slot
4, 8 & 16 Slot
2 10 GbE