Alcatel-Lucent intros new GbEthernet switches

Alcatel-Lucent is delivering a new family of Gigabit Ethernet switches that fit into its architecture for blending data, voice and wireless connectivity and are designed for small and midsize businesses.

OmniSwitch 6400 comes in six models that can be stacked so a single logical switch supports a maximum of 384 ports. Individual chassis support 24 and 48 ports, and can support either unpowered, Power over Ethernet or fibre ports.

The switches support routing information protocol (RIP) and intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS) and could be used in branch offices as the local switch as well as the WAN router, Alcatel-Lucent says.

The switches support high availability so if one control module on a stacked array fails, a secondary control module takes over with no loss of data or network connectivity. If the backup module fails the switches continue to function based on their existing address and route tables.

Security on the switches includes denial-of-service protection and 802.1s port authentication as well as Access Guardian, an Alcatel-Lucent feature that enables setting access rights for groups of user. The switches can work in conjunction with Alcatel’s Quarantine Manager that can reset the virtual LAN assignment for a port generating suspicious traffic to quarantine the device from the rest of the network.

An OmniSwitch 6400 can be a component in service provider carrier Ethernet access managed services as customer premises equipment. The units are said to streamline troubleshooting for service providers by supporting standards-based Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance and Metro Ethernet Forum certification.

They can be managed individually via browser-based element management or under Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista management platform. They can also be managed by the company’s Service Aware Manager for carriers that use the devices as customer premises equipment.

The company claims the switches consume 40 per cent to 50 per cent less power than comparable Cisco 2960 and 3560 switches.

Prices for the OmniSwitch 6400 series switches range from US$2,000 to $5,200.

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