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Oct 16 2008   9:07PM GMT

Cisco is very green, but Nortel’s switches are greenest

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

Just in time for fall foliage season, ABI Research has published its evaluation of the “greenness” of network equipment vendors and their switches (free registration required to view this).

Cisco was rated the greenest company of all, followed by Nortel and HP ProCurve. However, Nortel has the greenest switches.

ABI rated vendors based on how environmentally friendly each vendors’ switches are in combination with each company’s own internal green initiatives. No doubt, Cisco’s much publicized effort to cut corporate travel by promoting the use of TelePresence within the company was a big factor in its position at the top of ABI’s list.

However, ABI noted that for enterprises looking to buy the greenest switches on the market, Nortel is the top choice.
ABI evaluated switches by rating capacity per power consumed while also considering valued-added green features each switch vendor offers. The ABI ratings also gave weight to testing results from independent third parties.

Other top green vendors were 3Com (4th place), Alcatel-Lucent (5th place) and Enterasys Networks (6th place).

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