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Alcatel releases software-upgradeable Gigabit Ethernet switch

Alcatel today announced availability of the OmniSwitch 6800L family of enterprise-class stackable 10/100 Ethernet w...


April 6, 2005  


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Alcatel today announced availability of the OmniSwitch 6800L family of enterprise-class stackable 10/100 Ethernet workgroup switches that allow organizations to use a software upgrade process to move up to Gigabit Ethernet desktop connections.

As users continue to embrace high-bandwidth and real-time applications like video to the desktop, multimedia enterprise applications and voice-over-IP, enterprises are becoming more dependent on fast network responses, whichis driving the need for Gigabit Ethernet networks.

“For years the industry has ‘unlocked’ options in network hardware through software,” said Brian Melhan, IT director at Salem State University in Salem, Mass.

“The option behind Alcatel’s 6800L to hold off paying for Gig ports while most of my desktops still have 10/100 cards, is reassurance that even as more and more PCs are purchased with gigabit adapters, I won’t have to inform the CIO that I need to replace year-old hardware to support those adapters once I roll out the 6800Ls to my data closet.”

The switches also support Alcatel’s CrystalSec data security services, including the automated quarantine engine (AQE) that identifies and isolates viruses and network attacks before they wreak havoc on the enterprise.

They come in 24-port and 48-port versions and eight of them can be stacked together for a total capacity of 384 ports using a 40 Gigabit stacking bus.