In early 2013, Netgear launched the XS708E (8x 10GBASE-T with 1x shared 10G SFP+) unmanaged switch, the XS712T (12x 10GBASE-T with 2x shared 10G SFP+) smart managed switch and the XSM7224 (24x 10GBASE-T with 4x 10G SFP+) fully managed switch. Netgear is announcing the XS728T today, adding a new member to the smart managed switch family. The XS728T comes with 24x 10GBASE-T ports and 4x dedicated 10G SFP+ ports.

Netgear claims that the ProSafe XS728T is the industry's first 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch. It falls in the same category as the XS712T with respect to the management capabilities. We have been having a good experience using the XS712T in our 10G-capable NAS testbed. It is not a fully managed switch, but does manage to be cost-effective in the process.

Compared to the XS712T, the XS728T brings support static IPv6 routing. Netgear advertises L2+/Layer 3 Lite features in the XS-T series making them suitable for core switches in SMB environments. The datasheet provides information about the L2+ / L3 Lite features.

The performance aspects of the XS712T and the XS728T are summarized in the table below.

The datasheet provides detailed technical specifications. One of the aspects that caught my eye was the acoustic levels. While the XS712T was rated at 49.7 dBA (We use it in our testbed, and the noise is pretty much what makes the usage of the unit difficult during evaluation in a home lab setting), the XS728T comes in at 41.6 dBA. I was also curious about the core platform. Netgear indicated that the XS728T uses Marvell silicon inside. These are fabricated in a smaller process node (we believe it is the Alaska transceivers and some combination of Prestera DX packet processors fabricated in 28nm). These operate a bit cooler, reducing the thermal load. The number of fans in the XS728T has also been doubled to four (compared to two in the XS712T). Taken together, these changes have enabled Netgear to run the fans slower and generate less noise.

The XS728T has a MSRP of $4624. However, as is usual with enterprise equipment, final pricing for end customers may vary from one reseller to another.


Source: Netgear

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  • extide - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    That's it. After ad's with sound that you cannot even stop/pause adblock is back ON.
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    If you see any like that, let us know via email, screenshot if possible. That shouldn't happen - someone's put in some bad ad code in the line and we'll fire it up the chain to change it. Chances are you might see different ads to the editors based on geolocation, so we can't see everything. But do please let us know.
  • btsfh - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    Honestly, if you do not know what ads you are serving, then I don't trust the site without adblock. If you want me to see your advertisers, then it is your responsibility to manage the ads and ensure they do not interfere with your customers, not your readers responsibility to tell you that your ad platform is intrusive, annoying, or malware laden. Until site owners understand that, the number of adblock users will only continue to increase
  • extide - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    It's the doritos ad. I will see if I can screencap it.
  • pixelstuff - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    Economically, what should someone use to have a 10Gbps trunk between two buildings with 1Gbps drops to each work station? Are there 1Gbps switches with 10Gbps fiber jacks?
  • prisonerX - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    There's nothing economical about 10Gb ethernet, but 1Gb switches with 10Gb ports are common.
  • Kumouri - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    There are quite a few 1Gb ethernet switches with 10Gb uplink ports. Two examples are Cisco SG500X-24 and SG500X-48. They have 24 (or 48) 10/100/1000 ports with 4 10Gb SFP+ ports, as well.
  • Squuiid - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    Still too loud for home use :(
  • icrf - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    I think the $4624 price tag kept it well out of home use already.
  • Kjella - Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - link

    And 24 devices that need 10GbE with a 4x10GbE uplink. Oh wait, I think I found the market:

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