Hardware Specifications and Pricing
The Netgear ProSAFE XS708E doesn't have the same impressive list of features that we found on the XS712T, but it does provide a nice list of features. The biggest feature is, of course, the network itself, which is 10 gigabit to eight devices.
At this time, the XS708E doesn't use a web interface for management, but the specification sheet says the feature is coming. The Netgear Plus Utility, on the included software disk, does open the switch up for additional configuration. One feature we found useful was Link Aggregation. When using servers that do not have 10GbE capability, you can trunk ports together, even 10GbE, to increase bandwidth.
We saved the best part until this point. After a search, we managed to find the Netgear ProSAFE XS708E for just over $800. At $100 per port, the XS708E costs a bit more per port than the next 10GbE up the Netgear chain, but the twelve-port model has a total cost of over $1100.
To sweeten the deal, Netgear includes a lifetime warranty when purchased from an authorized seller.
PRICING: You can find the Netgear ProSAFE XS708E for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Netgear ProSAFE XS708E retails for $835.00 at Amazon.
Canada: The Netgear ProSAFE XS708E retails for CDN$1065.97 at Amazon Canada.