Product News: The latest networking products for the week commencing 26th November, 2008

Product News: The latest networking products for the week commencing 26th November, 2008

ARN reviews the latest networking products

3Com Wireless LAN MAP 3950

The 3Com Wireless LAN Managed Access Point (MAP) 3950 is a high performance IEEE 802.11n appliance with full 3 x 3 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) dual-radio managed capabilities. It is built to provide secure, reliable voice-ready connectivity and is part of the vendor’s Wireless LAN Mobility System. The MAP 3950 features intelligent switching and offers centralised and distributed data forwarding, automatically determining the best alternative based on the requirements of the underlying application. This allows it to support the most demanding wireless applications indoors and outdoors including Voice over Wi-Fi and video distribution, 3Com claims. Managed by a WLAN switch or controller, the MAP contains no local data store, eliminating the chance of sensitive information being compromised due to hacking or theft. It also supports Advanced Encryption Standard,Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 and Wi-Fi Equivalent Privacy. The MAP 3950 is backwards compatible with legacy IEEE 802.11a/b/g clients and can operate simultaneously in 802.11a/b/g/n modes.

DISTRIBUTED BY Ingram Micro and 24/7.

RRP: $1910

Juniper EX 4200-24T Series

These Ethernet switches are based on Virtual Chassis technology and provide the High Availability (HA) and carrier-class reliability of modular systems with the economics and flexibility of stackable platforms, according to Juniper. Offering a full suite of Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching capabilities, the EX 4200 series is designed for branch, campus and datacentre access as well as gigabit Ethernet (GbE) aggregation deployments. A single 24-port or 48-port switch can be deployed initially, with Juniper Virtual Chassis technology allowing up to 10 EX 4200 series switches to be interconnected over a 128Gbps backplane and managed as a single device. Flexible gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) uplink options enable high-speed connectivity to aggregation- or core-layer switches. The base EX 4200 series switches also offer Class 3 Power over Ethernet (PoE), delivering 15.4W on the fi rst eight ports to support IP-enabled devices such as telephones, video cameras and wireless LAN (WLAN) access points for low-density converged networks.

DISTRIBUTED BY Avnet and Ingram Micro.

RRP: from $9500

Cisco Nexus 1000V

This intelligent software switch is designed for VMware ESX environments. Running inside the VMware ESX hypervisor, the Cisco Nexus 1000V supports Cisco VN-Link server virtualisation technology to provide policy-based virtual machine (VM) connectivity, mobile VM security and network policy, and non-disruptive operational model for server virtualisation and networking teams. According to Cisco, the Nexus 1000V allows a consistent networking feature set and provisioning process all the way from the VM to the access, aggregation, and core switches, with virtual servers using the same network configuration, security policy, tools and operational models as physical servers. Virtualisation administrators can leverage predefined network policies that follow the nomadic VM and focus on virtual machine administration. The switch offers Layer 2 switching with Layer 3 aware features, traffic marking and policing, 128 active VLANs, Cisco’s TrustSec network security policy as well as port security, and an embedded port and packet analyser. It also has Cisco Embedded Event Manager for monitoring and customising behaviour based on network events.

DISTRIBUTED BY Express Data and Westcon Group.

RRP: on application

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