Alcatel Unveils New OmniStack Switch

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-07-31 Print this article Print

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.
Pricing for the OmniStack 6148 starts at $2,595. Related Stories:
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    Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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