Avaya has announced a new series of compact Ethernet switches designed specifically for small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs), remote branches and open environments. The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based company said that its Ethernet Routing Switch 3500 series offers functionality at an enterprise level, but with operation and maintenance simplified for use in smaller locations.
The switches include plug-and-play functionality for IP phones, which Avaya said could be operational in less than a minute.
'More Productive, Faster'
Marc Randall, Avaya Networking senior vice president and general manager, explained that the ERS 3500 series is intended to provide the features and capabilities that small- to medium-size businesses would expect, and doing so at a competitive price.
The new Ethernet Routing Switches can be setup easily using Avaya's IP Office which helps simplify deployment. Setup of the ERS can be accomplished via one command that will provision the switch and operationalize the IP phones on an office system. The company said the plug-and-play capability and automated setup reduce the possibility for errors and reinforce the use of best practices.
IP Office is a stackable and scalable SMB communications system, offering digital service, analog, IP, or any combination. It also provides new mobility features, and integration with popular desktop apps for collaboration. The product is available in Essential, Preferred, and Advanced Editions, and Avaya said that it is used by more than 2 million organizations worldwide.
Web-based management with a graphical user interface provides tools for managing, troubleshooting, and operating devices via the switch, with such functionalities as centralized management and tools for configuring larger branch offices.
There are a half-dozen Fast and Gigabit Ethernet switches in Avaya's 3500 Series, which come in 10- and 24-port configurations. Models are available that offer enhanced Power over Ethernet, or PoE+, to provide for future enhancements on the networks and to deliver power for such devices as advanced IP phones, wireless access points, or cameras for video surveillance.
For environments where noise might be an issue, such as hospitals or classrooms, fanless switches are also available. The six models in the series include ones that support 10/100 and 10/100/1000 connectivity, and 1GbE uplinks.
The ERS switches will support the company's Stackable Chassis Architecture, via a future software release. This will enable customers to stack up to eight of the units, providing as much as 80 Gbps of virtual backplane capacity.
In its announcement, Avaya cited some ways in which the ERS 3500 series is helping its customers. The Durham, N.C. School District, for instance, is looking to manage its switches remotely for configuration and troubleshooting, instead of driving out to its 134 schools every time there's an issue with one of its current 8-port unmanaged switches. The District also pointed to Avaya's Identity Engines that allow to be extended.
Posted: 2012-05-07 @ 3:36pm PT
I'm sorry but there's really nothing new here that all the major vendors don't already offer.