Nortel smartens the edge

Nortel smartens the edge

Looking to capture today's more innovative enterprises as customers, Nortel Networks has released two new switches positioned at those running distributed applications.

Nortel says the two new products, BayStack 5000 and the Passport 8300, were designed to meet the changing needs of enterprises, namely making the edge more intelligent to accommodate adaptive applications and customers moving to a real-time enterprise.

"New applications like instant messaging, process automation, and IP telephony are driving efficiency," director of product marketing for Nortel's Ethernet switching division,Diane Schmidt, said. "Older infrastructures were built for a client/server model with an emphasis on the core (of the network for intelligence)."

Citing the need for minimum latency when running peer-to-peer applications, Schmidt said enterprises needed to build an adaptive LAN that can acclimatise to real-time requirements of adaptive applications.

According to Nortel, the two versions of the BayStack 5510 (24 and 48 port version) were designed with an improved stacking architecture that permits the stackable units to communicate to each other bi-directionally, opposed to the old architecture in which the switches could only communicate with the switch immediately next to it. The benefit, explained Schmidt, was improved performance and less latency, as well as a redundant path in case of a malfunction of one of the switches.

Other improvements include better QoS support, security, and classification forwarding for certain types of applications.

The Passport 8300 is Nortel's modular option that also includes some routing capabilities and adopts many of the operating system pieces from the company's high-end Passport systems. The chassis t comes with four physical interface cards.

More options were on the way, Nortel said.

Both products are available in September.

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