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This is an article that I wrote as a contribuitor for the Aruba blog. Read the full article.

What is the edge when it comes to networking terminology? Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple and clear answer.

One possible definition of edge switch is a switch located at the meeting point of two Layer 3 networks. For example, an edge switch connects usually a local area network (LAN) to another type of network like an Internet service provider (ISP) network acting as a router or firewall at the edge of the internal network perimeter. This is a common definition used in enterprise networks.

An edge switch is the closest one to the devices.
By one definition, an edge switch is the closest one to the devices.

The article will provide more information and definitions of edge network and edge switches. Also it will cover which switch could best fit for an edge network considering also the different requirements and features needed.

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