Interop 2014: Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to add new access switch and network capabilities

At the Interop 2014, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise division will introduce a new access switch called OmniSwitch 6860 and additional network capabilities.

The new launch is part of its Unified Access approach for both wired and wireless networks, said Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent said the new technology will address the challenges created by pervasive mobility and the explosion of new applications being introduced within enterprises.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is adding deep pacAlcatel Lucent Booth(tmcnet)ket inspection at the wired and wireless access layer expanding its Application Fluent Network capabilities. It can now consolidate this information with network analytics tools that help IT teams gain improved visibility into the applications, and create policies and enforce them at the edge of the network to secure and optimize delivery of applications to employees and customers.

OmniSwitch 6860, according to Alcatel-Lucent, supports four unique 1G PoE ports that offer up to 60W Power over Ethernet (PoE) to support next generation devices that require high power, such as small cells that combine cellular and Wi-Fi, and high definition video surveillance cameras.

The OmniSwitch 6860 is also data center and IT friendly: All ports are in the front, with front-to-back cooling and an innovative Bluetooth management connection so smart devices can be used to manage the switch. In addition, it can be used in the data center as a 1GbE top-of-rack switch.

Scott Hughes, CIO, Moravian College, said: “Moravian College believes Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Unified Access solution will allow the safe, secure and reliable transport of student and teacher data across wired and wireless networks as we transform to an ‘all MacBook Pro’ campus by 2014.”

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise said the enhancements include: DPI capability of up to 1500 applications and programmability support on Alcatel-Lucent EnterpriseOmniAccess WLAN controllers.

New OmniAccess Access Points will address the adoption of Gigabit wireless (802.11ac) and the diverse deployment needs with outdoor AP, low cost APs and Instant APs.

Customers can use consumer devices for screen-sharing and media-streaming in the corporate network not only from Apple but also from manufacturers like Sony, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, etc.

AirGroup enables end users and IT administrators to self-register devices and define who can access them. In the higher education environment, students can register their printers, TVs, games consoles, and other consumer devices, and set access limits for select friends’ use, all without IT involvement.

Alcatel-Lucent has redesigned OmniVista to support network analytics and provide the foundation for future consumption models as more enterprises move toward cloud-based services.

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