A quick note here about a new device from Extreme Networks: the company has launched the X150 edge switch intended as a lower-cost alternative to the Cisco Catalyst 2960 and HP ProCurve 2600.
The switch is available in 24- or 48-port configurations with optional Power over Ethernet capability, but what's most intriguing is a new firmware set that provides "lifecycle automation services" designed to guide users through everything from installation to decommission. Functions include power-off for reducing energy consumption and security tools to prevent IP address sweeps and other intrusions.
At the moment, firmware modules cover things like deployment, operation and optimization, with architecture design and end-of-life modules to come later. In all, the company plans nine modules.
Each module will be made available as a scriptable template that can be modified and iterated by the user.