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Combined wired, wireless devices pose challenge

Veronica C. Silva | Aug. 22, 2011
Extreme Networks offers switching solutions for Layer 2 connectivity

Emerson Networks is offering its latest Gigabit family of switches for organisations challenged with the volume of network traffic brought about by new mobile devices and applications.

Readily available in Singapore are the  Ethernet Access Switches (EAS) good for Layer 2 connectivity for networks combining wired and wireless devices and users.

Extreme Networks said the switches are a welcome development to organisations currently struggling to run efficient networks which have lately seen an increase in traffic coming from both wired and wireless devices. More mobile devices also mean more users using the network and more applications. Such organisations have been looking for cost-effective solutions for both Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching.

The EAS family of Gigabit switches are purpose-built Layer 2 switches available in both PoE Plus and non-PoE 24-port models. They feature standards-based PoE Plus, Quality of Service and critical support for devices that require a wired connection such as VoIP phones, security cameras, and WLAN access points.

"At the access layer, traffic from the EAS family of switches and Extreme Networks Altitude Wireless LAN access points is forwarded to the advanced ExtremeXOS edge, extending the benefits of sophisticated identity management for wired and wireless and complementing Extreme Networks end-to-end intelligence and automation portfolio," said Extreme Networks.

An analyst for a market information firm said solutions for Layer 2 switching brought in revenue growth for the Ethernet port market segment last year, indicating that the organisations require solutions for a broad range of products.

"By adding new lines of Layer 2 fixed switches to a vendor's portfolio, a vendor can address the need for cost-optimised access complementing its more sophisticated Enterprise edge and core network portfolios," said Alan Weckel, director of enterprise switching, Dell'Oro Group.


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