EA-STD-017 Access Switch

Architectural Classification

Technology \ Networks

Standard Specification

Access routers and switches connect subnets to the distribution layer. In some cases, the access router/switch functionality is combined with the distribution and workgroup layer switches so that a single box performs the functions of access, distribution and/or workgroup layers.


Baseline (Today) Emerging (To track)
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cisco Meraki


  • Alternative Network Switch Providers


Tactical (0-3 years) Strategic (3-6 years)
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cisco Meraki
Retirement (to be removed) Containment (No new development)
Author: Craig Douglas Date: 24/10/2014 Version: 1.0
Document Security Level: PUBLIC 
Document Approvals: Technical Architecture GroupEnterprise Architecture Practice

Enterprise Architecture Board

IT Director

02/06/2014June 2014



Review Date: October 2015


Access Switch Roadmap

Access Switch