Foundry has just announced three new Layer-3 modular switches - the FastIron series (400, 800 and 1500). The range includes advanced Layer 2/3 feature sets for scalability. Based on the Jetcore ASIC chipset it has embedded support for integrated IP, IPX and AppleTalk based switching, fine-grain bandwidth provisioning based on port, port plus priority or L4 Access Control List (ACL) and sFlow (RFC 3176) support for wire-speed traffic monitoring. Its rich QoS features support Voice over IP (VoIP) and it has a multicast and jumbo frame support for advanced applications, including video streaming and storage over IP (SoIP). The series offers integrated redundant hot-swappable auto-sensing AC or DC power supplies, redundant management modules and hot-swappable interface modules. Each system is built with a non-blocking architecture to provide an aggregate switching capacity of 128Gbps, 256Gbps and 480Gbps respectively, and can be equipped with a variety of new management and interface modules including support for 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Pricing on the FastIron starts at $A27,600, the I800 at $30,900, and the 1500 at $46,200.
Foundry Networks: 1800 836 444, www.foundrynetworks.com.
3Com offers two Webcaches, the SuperStack 3 Webcache 1000 and 3000, aimed at reducing WAN usage for Web/HTTP traffic while accelerating WAN access for other applications. The SuperStack 3 family is one of the few Webcaches currently available in which the software is not installed on a hard drive. Instead it is stored in Flash RAM for increased reliability, redirecting all Web traffic directly to the Internet in the event of a hard-drive failure. The SuperStack 3 1000 features fixed hard drive configuration, single IDE-based hard drive and serves 120 objects per-second, catering to WAN links of up to 300 concurrent users. Alternatively, the 3000 features a modular hard drive configuration and dual SCSI-based hard drives with an empty bay for an optional third drive. It serves 300 objects per second (450 objects with three drives) for WAN links of up to 500 concurrent users. The SuperStack 3 1000 and 3000 retail for $A9950 and $15950 respectively (exc. GST). Promotional prices are available until March 1 for resellers who purchase a combined SuperStack 3 Webcache and Switch 4400.
3Com: (02) 9937 5006, ap.3com.com/partners.
Computer Associates' NetworkIT 2.1 is a management package for e-business network infrastructures, allowing network administrators to optimise availability, performance and scalability within an end-user and business context. It supports TCP/IP, IPX, SNA and DECnet, and provides application and network performance and service-level management capabilities for enterprises and service providers.
NetworkIT 2.1 supports WAN management of ATM and frame-relay networks, manages LAN, VLANs and Cisco, 3Com and Xylan switches. It provides an easy-to-use interface based on 3D, 2D and Java visualisations and contains migration tools for transferring data from legacy network-management products. NetworkIT 2.1 Advanced Edition for Windows NT/2000 retails for $A19,261.
Computer Associates: 1800 999 985, http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taiwanese manufacturer Arlotto Cortex has released a series of low and mid-range networking products via its Melbourne-based distributor, Digicor. Its latest S7200M, 24-port Ethernet management switch can be configured as a Layer-2 or a fully functional routing switch. The S7200M switch is equipped with 24 10/100Mbps 100BaseTX, NWayÔ ports and two optional 1000Mbps Gigabit ports, which allows 26 network devices to be connected directly to its individual port.
The 24 10/100Mbps switch ports can be operated in half or full duplex mode, increasing the maximum bandwidth of each connection up to a blazing 20Mbps and 200Mbps respectively. The switch provides wire-speed switching with bridging functions such as VLAN, priority, multicast filtering, link aggregation and port mirroring. Comprehensive network management functions are provided, such as Spanning Tree protocol for standard bridging, GVRP for VLAN configuration and GMRP for multicast grouping. SNMP, RMON and Web management are standard features of the Arlotto S7200M. The switch is configured as a standard IP router. Advanced router management and configuration are performed via standard protocols and proprietary schemes. It can use the VLAN feature to construct virtual network configurations such that subnets are not bound by physical configurations and supports IP multicasting for multimedia applications. The Arlotto Cortex S7200M retails for $3750 (inc GST).
Digicor: Melbourne (03) 9560 7222, Sydney (02) 9648 6800 www.digicor.com.au.