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VoIP-ready PoE switches offer scalability, security

Posted: 27 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Foundry? FastIron SuperX? SX 800? SX 1600? PoE switch?

Foundry Networks Inc. has introduced two new modular systems to its FastIron SuperX line of PoE switches. The FastIron SX 800 and FastIron SX 1600 promise a scalable, secure, low-latency and fault-tolerant infrastructure for cost-effective deployment of VoIP, wireless and high-capacity data services throughout the enterprise.

The new switches feature redundant power, redundant fans and management modules, load-sharing switch fabrics, high-density 10-/100-/1,000Mbps PoE and hardware-based low-latency switching and routing for high-performance and reliable network convergence. Additionally, security features including IP source guard, dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) inspection and DHCP snooping protect the enterprise from internal and external threats.

Foundry said the FastIron SuperX family establishes a new class of convergence-ready solutions, enabling organizations to deploy a secure, reliable, scalable and high-quality infrastructure for total network convergence from the wiring closet to the network core. The product family features a dual power distribution design to enhance power operation and simplify system configuration. The PoE and system power distribution subsystems are independent, eliminating the reliability and configuration complexity associated with chassis designs that rely on a common system and PoE power design. Power consumption for system and PoE power are engineered, provisioned and managed independent of one another. The two power subsystems support N+1 redundancy to ensure continuous operation in the event of a power module failure.

"Enterprise customers are rapidly evolving their networks to enable total convergence," said Bob Schiff, VP and general manager for Foundry's enterprise business unit. "Next-generation networks must be built with the scalability, QoS assurance, resilience and VoIP-readiness our customers need to achieve business efficiencies and ensure business continuity. The FastIron SX switches are designed to meet and exceed these goals. Foundry again raises the bar for enterprise convergence with a scalable, secure, high-performance and resilient solution without compromising performance, flexibility or serviceability."

This announcement also includes the release of IronWare release 3.0, the system software for the FastIron SuperX modular and FastIron Edge X Series fixed-configuration switch families. FastIron SuperX switches can be upgraded with Advanced IronWare routing software (a Layer 3 upgrade). Advanced IronWare supports a full complement of unicast and multicast routing protocols enabling users to build fully featured Layer 2/Layer 3 networks. Supported routing protocols include RIPv1/v2, OSPF, PIM-SM/DM, BGP-4 and Equal Cost Multi-path.

The FastIron SX 800, FastIron SX 1600 switches and IronWare 3.0 software are currently available.

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