Switches ensure safety and security

Alcatel today announced the availability of the new OmniSwitch 6800 family of 1U-high Gigabit switches designed to help businesses make the transition to Gigabit Ethernet at the desktop.

Alcatel today announced the availability of its new OmniSwitch 6800 family of 1U-high, layer-three Gigabit switches. This new range of Alcatel switches feature 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and are designed to meet the needs of enterprises making the transition to Gigabit Ethernet at the desktop, while providing users with advanced security and continuous availability.

Two of the new Alcatel OmniSwitch 6800 switches are designed to meet workgroup network needs with a capacity of 384 users per stack, Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, full Alcatel Operating System support for network intelligence, and support for Alcatel’s comprehensive CrystalSec data security services. A third model offers all fibre links for workgroup aggregation and core networking applications.

“With vital telemedicine and medical research applications running on our network, our first priority is 100% uptime, which means having advanced security and continuous switching,” said Darryl Daily, network administrator for the 17,000-user network at the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston. “The OmniSwitch 6800 fills a key hole in our network today, serving as an aggregator of workgroup traffic with the features to stop virus attacks before they impact our network.”

The Alcatel OmniSwitch 6800 switches support Alcatel’s dynamic virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), Host Integrity Check, and Automated Quarantine Engine data security features, which identify and isolate viruses and network attacks before they wreak havoc on the network. Continuous switching is ensured through redundancy in power supplies and uplink ports. With the OmniSwitch 6800’s “virtual chassis” stacking capability, no switch is a single point of failure and the entire stack can be managed and configured as a single unit with a single IP address.

The OmniSwitch 6800 is designed for workgroup networks that feature either 48 or 24 triple-speed (10/100/1000) Ethernet copper ports with up to four combo ports that are user-selectable for copper or fibre. Eight switches can be stacked using a 40 Gigabit stacking bus that is said to be self-healing and continues operating even if one of the switches in the stack fails.

The OmniSwitch 6800-U48 features a slot for an optional one or two-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink module. Up to eight uplink modules can be supported in a stack for a total of 160 Gbps of uplink capability.

The OmniSwitch 6800-U24 is designed for aggregating up to 24 workgroups to a core switch, or in a smaller network, serving as the core switch with 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections to a server. The switch has extensive connectivity flexibility, with 24 small form-factor pluggable (SFP) ports that provide flexibility for different fibre cable and connector types, and a slot for a one- or two-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink module.

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