Avaya strengthens ERS 4000 campus switch line

Avaya Inc. has broadened its ERS 4000 line of Ethernet routing campus with performance enhancements that bring stackable bandwidth up to 384 Gigabits per second from 360 Gbps.

“We feel this box will become the defacto standard in the closet for most our enterprise customers,” Dan DeBacker, director of networking solutions architecture, said of the new ERS 4800 models.

“We’re filling in some gaps we had in the past, and now have offerings that include Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+) and SFP+ for uplinks, as well as integrated hot-swapable power supplies.”

The four switches in the ERS 4800 use advanced chipsets to help deliver network virtualization and Avaya’s Split-Plane wireless LAN technology to the edge closet, he said. The latter is said to ensure wireless data traffic takes the most optimal path through the network. Avaya also said the offer true plug and play capabilities for IP phones.

The new models include the 4850GTS with 48 ports of 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, plus two SPF and two SFP+ ports. There are PoE and non-PoE versions. Similarly, the 4826GTS has 24 ports of 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, plus two SPF and two SFP+ ports. Again, there are PoE and non-PoE versions.

The models are IPv6-capable.

In addition, Avaya announced more models in the 4500 series. The 4550T-PWR+ offers 48 ports to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, with PoE on all ports. It also has two 10/100/1000 SPF uplink ports. The 4526T-PWR+ is similarly configured, but with 24 ports 10/100 Ethernet.

The increase in stackable speed is available to all 4800 and 4500 switches through software.

 “We view this as both tactical and strategic move,” DeBacker said of the new releases: Tactical, in that now Avaya can meet equipment bid requirements that demand PoE+ and SFP+ in switches, and strategic in that the 4000-series platform is engineered to last up to 10 years.

Pricing for the new 4500-series switches starts at US$3,295 for the 4526T-PWR+. The 4800 series starts at US$5,295 and goes up to US$7,995.