Product News: The latest networking products for the week commencing 18 June, 2008

Product News: The latest networking products for the week commencing 18 June, 2008

ARN reviews the latest networking products

Juniper UAC IC4000

Juniper's Unified Access Control (UAC) solution, the Infranet Controller, is a hardened policy management server. The Infranet Controller can push the UAC agent down to the endpoint to collect user authentication, endpoint security state and device location information. Alternatively, administrators can gather that same information in agent-less mode. The IC4000 scales to handle up to thousands of concurrent endpoints and can be deployed in cluster pairs for high availability. It also integrates the Radius processing capabilities of Juniper's Steel-Belted Radius (SBR), the de facto standard in Radius servers and appliances. This enables the IC to support an 802.1X transaction over vendor-agnostic, 802.1X-enabled switches and access points when an endpoint attempts network access. Once user or device credentials have been submitted, the Infranet Controller features an authentication, authorisation and accounting (AAA) engine to validate them. The solution also creates and implements a dynamic access policy for each user/session and pushes that policy to network enforcement points.

Distributed by: Avnet, Ingram Micro and Datastor

RRP: on application

3Com S7900E EPON series

3Com has developed the S7900E EPON series to suit the needs of high capacity home broadband networks. The Optical Line Terminal (OLT) devices are based on optical fibre, which the vendor claims has a much higher transmission capacity than existing copper cabling systems. The high-end products are for delivering multiservice access in multi-service networks. The new products include the S7900E series OLT and the ET series Optical Network Unit (ONU) and provide optical access solutions such as fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB). Also, they can be used for triple-play implementations (video, audio and data communications) in large-sized enterprises. The devices are engineered from the ground up to enable last-mile access and broadband access solutions to telecom carriers. The solution is also applicable for HFC reconstruction for broadcast and television companies, high-definition video, IP surveillance monitoring and transmission for governments, public security departments and large-sized enterprises.

Distributed by: Westcon Group and Ingram Micro

RRP: on application

RAD Airmux-200

The Airmux-200 is a carrier-grade wireless multiplexer for high capacity networks. RAD claims it offers organisations a cost effective point-to-point and multi point-to-point transmission system. The multiplexer can connect Ethernet and E1/T1 circuits between two distant sites over broadband wireless and combines legacy TDM and Ethernet services for transmission over 2.3GHz-2.7GHz and 4.9GHz-5.95GHz bands. The Airmux-200 wireless multiplexer has a total air data rate of 48Mbps, with a maximum transmission distance of up to 80km. Transmission is encrypted to ensure security. Typical applications include service extension to remote/rural locations (including mining and remote infrastructure), cellular backhaul, emergency services and temporary deployment, wireless backup, voice traffic extension over wireless, and lossless hot spot backhauling. According to RAD, benefits to the user include the combination of voice and data over a single link, cutting access costs. Licence exempt transmission also enables fast and affordable deployment, installation and alignment tools enable easy deployment and a saving on the costs of leased lines while extending services.

Distributed by: RAD

RRP: $3500 per link

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