In May, Cisco Systems released a new LAN switching solution, the Catalyst 3524-PWR XL, for medium-sized businesses and branch offices.
Designed to cater for IP telephony deployment and converged applications, the solution is based on Cisco's AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) technology.
As the latest addition to the Catalyst 3500 series XL, the 3524-PWR XL is a single unit switch featuring 24 10/100 switched ports with integrated inline power and two Gigabit Interface Connector (GBIC)-based Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Other features of the new switch include improved quality of service, integrated management capabilities, prioritisation of network traffic and port-based reclassification. The Catalyst 3524-PWR XL also contains a number of optional redundancy features, such as the Centralised Power Provisioning system, Redundant Power Supply and UPS systems.
Additionally, the Catalyst 3524 PWR XL contains features available in Catalyst 3500 and 2900 series XL switches such as Web-based management tools, the Cluster Management Suite (CMS), port security, and authentication management access.
The Catalyst 3524-PWR XL is also compatible with Cisco's Call Manager 3.0, Cisco IP Phones and the Cisco Integrated Communications System 7750.
The Catalyst 3524-PWR XL is available now, starting at $7792.
Cisco Systems: (02) 8228 7100, http://www.cisco.com.au.
Top Layer Networks
Earlier this year, Top Layer Networks announced its AppSwitch family of Layer 7 switches.
Designed to control, manage and route traffic at full wire speed, the switches can prioritise business-critical applications based on analysis of information contained in the higher level of each information packet.
Using custom Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), the devices prioritise and control traffic beyond traditional Layer 2, Layer 3 or Layer 4 routing and switching devices.
Using Top Layer's AppSwitch, you can eliminate bandwidth congestion, reduce WAN costs, increase control of your traffic and prioritise your network for high-priority and critical applications.
Features of the AppSwitches include: applications quality of service, security augmentation, application accounting, application monitoring, applications balancing (server load balancing with applications control), application redirection (transparent cache redirection), users/application data collection facility and application definition library.
Prices for the switches start at $18,995 for the entry level AppSwitch 2502, $25,9995 for the midrange AppSwitch 2512 and $34,995 for the high-end AppSwitch 3502. Additional software for load balancing and security are available for $5995 each.
Top Layer Networks: 0408 208 775, http://www.toplayer.com.
Enterasys, formerly Cabletron, announced in April the first product in its new series of Matrix high-performance enterprise switches.
The first product to be branded under the Enterasys label in Australia, the Matrix E7 is aimed at the enterprise market and supports e-business applications, ERP, supply chain management, call centre applications and Voice over IP.
Supporting more than 500 user access points, the Matrix E7 provides connections to corporate MANs and WANs. Its modular platform provides capacities of more than 500 10/100 Ethernet ports and more than 80 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single chassis, with switching throughput of more than 100 million packets per second.
Based on an "intelligent access platform architecture", the Matrix E7 also has the capability to pinpoint classification and control the network traffic using features such as multi-layer filtering, and packet flow control.
Additional features include enterprise security, traffic classification, policy rules and enforcement, traffic contracts and quality of service, traffic reporting and accounting and the next generation nTERA backplane to accommodate 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing technology.
Complementing the full line of 10/100/1000 copper and fibre optic SmartSwitch modules currently available, Enterasys will announce a series of new modules for the Matrix E7.
Pricing for the Matrix E7 starts at $13,695, including GST.
Enterasys: (02) 9950 5900, http://www.enterasys.com.au.
Released in April, NetGear's Fast Ethernet gigabit switching solutions, including Gigabit Ethernet switches, Gigabit Fibre switches and a Gigabit Network Inferface card boost network performance for small businesses at an affordable price, the company claims.
The Gigabit Ethernet switches, FS510T and FS518T, reduce network congestion, provide a faster server connection and allow multiple Fast Ethernet users to access the server at 100Mbps at the same time.
The plug-and-play Gigabit Fibre Switch, GS504T offers four gigabit ports and backbone connectivity for power workgroups, data centres and sever farms.
Completing the series, the GA620Tm Gigabit Network Interface Card (NIC) for servers reduces congestion and provides additional network performance.
The products, available now, begin at $10,999 for the GA620T, $2799 for the FS510T 2 port Gigabit and 8 port 10/100; $3979 for the FS518T 2 port Gigabit, 16 port 10/100 and $4399 for the GS504T 4 port Gigabit.
NetGear: (02) 9927 8888, http://www.netgear.com.