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H3C Data Center Switches First to be “Certified Green™”

January 26, 2010 by  

Web HostingMARLBOROUGH, Mass. – 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced that Miercom, a leading provider of independent test services, named its H3C® S12508 data center core switch and its H3C® S5820X top-of-rack switch the industry’s first data center class products to receive the Miercom “Certified Green™” designation. The Miercom testing confirmed that the H3C switches are designed to provide enterprise customers superior performance, scale and resiliency while using up to 50 percent less energy than competitive solutions, helping to dramatically lower the cost of data center operations.

“By the end of 2010, more than 50 percent of large data centers will reach maximum power consumption levels, leaving consumers in a major energy crisis as these organizations will be unable to scale data operations to support their business needs,” says Andreas Antonopoulos, senior vice president for research-advisory firm Nemertes Research. “This means power efficiency and accurate data on power consumption is absolutely vital for the future. To avert this crisis, organizations need to not only measure their own data on power consumption, but also, they need to begin demanding that vendors disclose all product efficiency data in order to serve as a key criterion for customers who are choosing the tools that will best provide them with sustainable next-generation data centers.”


The Miercom certification detailed several factors that provided 3Com’s H3C solutions with a distinct advantage over other products including: a modern design that leverages the latest full feature/low power ASIC technology, highly efficient modular I/O components and power supplies and a set of power saving features that can be configured through management.

In addition, the report highlighted H3C’s Intelligent Resilient Framework® (IRF) technology as another 3Com “green” innovation that further reduces energy consumption by helping customers to simplify and collapse network architectures into flatter, two tier network designs, requiring fewer discrete platforms and network layers, and further reducing power and cooling requirements.

“I would like to congratulate 3Com on being the first networking company to receive recognition for its design of green data center switches,” said Rob Smithers, CEO of Miercom. “We are proud to recognize solutions such as the H3C S12508 and S5820X as they are leading the industry in bringing environmental awareness further into in the data center by helping enterprises improve the efficiency of their data center operations in 2010 and beyond. The switches were proven in testing to offer maximum throughput while consuming less than half of the power for 10GE modules compared to the published specification for competing vendors’ modules.”

“Lowering power consumption while maximizing capacity are top concerns among enterprise CIOs. This is especially true in the data center where energy costs are rapidly escalating and where power limitations can inhibit the scale out of IT capacity to support business operations,” said Saar Gillai, 3Com senior vice president, worldwide products and solutions. “This certification validates our commitment to deliver the highest performing networking solutions that are also highly energy efficiency, affording customers the flexibly to design and build a new generation of highly scalable and sustainable data centers.”

About 3Com Corporation
3Com Corporation (3Com) is a global enterprise networking solutions provider. 3Com has three global product and solutions brands: H3C, 3Com, and TippingPoint that offer networking and security solutions to enterprises large and small. The H3C enterprise networking portfolio includes products that span from the data center to the edge of the network and is targeted at large enterprises. TippingPoint features network-based intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that deliver application, infrastructure and performance protection. Its portfolio of products and solutions enable customers to manage business-critical voice, data, video and other networking technologies in a secure network environment. 3Com’s portfolio of products and services enable customers to deploy and manage data, voice, video and other advanced networking technologies in a secure network environment.

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