Enterasys answers industry call for cost effective high performance with new S-Series Terabit-Class switches

Date: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 20:20

Innovative cloud and virtual environment-ready solutions drive down operational costs
Enterasys answers industry call for cost effective high performance with new S-Series Terabit-Class switches

Enterasys, the network infrastructure and security division of Siemens Enterprise Communications Group, announced the debut of its newest high-performance family of network switches, the Enterasys S-Series®. Designed to optimize data, voice and video traffic in traditional enterprise networks and virtualized and cloud computing environments, the Enterasys S-Series family delivers Terabit-class switching and routing, efficient and resilient Power over Ethernet (PoE) performance, granular visibility and enhanced management automation features — ensuring high availability while helping to lower data center energy costs.
The S-Series switching family offers enhanced levels of automation for daily network administration in even the most complex environments - resulting in significantly reduced operational costs.  Additionally, Enterasys’ PoE design allows the S-Series switch to provision power in small increments and use only enough power to facilitate current convergence-enabled devices further reducing operational costs associated with power and cooling.
“In order for organizations to fully realize the cost savings associated with new technologies such as virtualization, they must select intelligent hardware that enables network administrators to spend less time managing and troubleshooting the network, and more time focusing on business initiatives,” said Steven J. Schuchart Jr., principal analyst, Current Analysis.  “The Enterasys S-Series builds on a long history of flow-based switching capabilities to deliver centralized management, high availability service and built-in automation features that lower the cost of managing next-generation infrastructure.”

The acquisition cost of an Enterasys S-Series solution is an average of 20 percent less per unit than a comparable system from other leading vendors and includes many standard features for which the competition charges an additional premium. Built-in automated features include:
- Automated provisioning of virtual and physical server connectivity, reducing server administration costs
- Fully distributed switching and system management architecture, for higher resiliency and always-on availability
- Self-healing functionality, distributing and redistributing switching and routing applications across multiple modules in the event of a module failure
- Multiple, standards-based discovery methods to automatically identify and provision VoIP services, with intelligent traffic management, for IP phones from all major vendors
- Automatic upgrade, reload or rollback of firmware on each module, ensuring the highest levels of system availability

The versatile S-Series switching family, with its 1U, 3-slot, 4-slot, and 8-slot chassis options and extremely flexible I/O and option module design, also offers more deployment configuration choices. Users now have the functionality and flexibility required to use a high-performance switch as a network edge access device, a distribution layer switch, an enterprise-class multi-Terabit core router, or as a data center virtualization solution.
“The configuration flexibility and automation features built into the S-Series switch were the main criteria in our decision to add them to our network,” said Besufekad Negewo, associate director of Information Technology & Automation Engineering at MassBiologics, a research, development and manufacturing division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “In the pharmaceutical manufacturing world, we must constantly measure the total cost of ownership of our IT investments against the performance ratio, and the new S-Series switch offers a perfect balance on both counts.  We also find value in the continuous service and support our excellent Enterasys team provides, including their extensive design assistance as we strive to optimize new technologies in our network.”

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