Alcatel unveils OmniSwitch 9000 10-Gig switches

The French manufacturer’s OmniSwitch 9000 series, which uses the Alcatel Operating System and includes the OmniVista Quarantine Manager, which identifies and isolates viruses and unidentified users.

The 9700 model is available now in a 10-slot chassis with a management and switching fabric module. Users have a choice of a two-port 10 Gigabit module (XFP) a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 copper module or a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet fibre SFP module.

Alcatel plans to ship a larger model, the OmniSwitch 9800 chassis, which includes a six-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (XFP) and a 24-port RF45 copper module with power over Ethernet.

Alcatel’s T1/E1 OmniAccess router series now includes the one-port 601 model and the two-port 602 models for branch office networks, plus the four-port 640 model for large branch offices or network aggregation, and the 625 chassis for larger aggregation requirements.

They include two 10/100 ports and DSX-1 for multiplexing voice and data on to the uplink. All multi-port versions combine multiple T1/E1 or T3/E3s into a single logical circuit. The routers support voice over IP, fast-path forwarding, quality of service and virtual Ethernet, which lets users work on networks connecting several buildings over a wide area.

Administrators can set up virtual private networks to connect both branch offices and telecommuters. Pricing ranges from US$995 for the OmniAccess 601 to $6,490 for the OmniAccess 625 with eight T1/E1 connections.

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