Alcatel Unveils New OmniStack Switch
Switch is aimed at enterprises with converged data, voice and video networks.Alcatel SA this week launched a new switch in its OmniStack line aimed at enterprises with converged data, voice and video networks. The OmniStack 6148, available now, is a 48-port multilayer switch, Alcatel announced on Tuesday. Through intelligence, such as Layer 3 support for DiffServ (Differentiated Services) prioritization and quality of service, the switch provides delay sensitive traffic priority to the edge of a converged network, said officials, in Calabasas, Calif. The new switch is interoperable with earlier versions of OmniStack switches, including the 24-port OmniStack 6124, with which it can be combined to stack up to 172 ports per stack. The OmniStack 6148 also uses the same Web interface as existing products.
The OmniStack 6148 supports port-based virtual LANs (VLANs), through which network managers can segment traffic, increase network security and prevent undesirable traffic from degrading networks. The VLAN capabilities also can be combined with Layer 2 and Layer 3 QOS to provide priority to certain groups of users.