Enterasys Offers SMBs a More Stable LAN Switch
Enterasys' Layer 2 stackable LAN switch brings advanced security and traffic classification features to small- and medium-sized enterprises.Enterasys Networks Inc. on Tuesday will shift is product line refresh focus to the midmarket with a new Layer 2 LAN switch that brings advanced security and traffic classification features to small- and medium-sized enterprises. The new Matrix V 2 stackable switch provides rate limiting, or classification of Layer 2, Layer 3 and Layer 4 traffic to ensure that more mission-critical or delay-sensitive traffic such as voice over IP gets through. The rate limiting function works for both inbound and outbound traffic. The 24-port switch, which includes two expansion slots for stacking or faster uplinks to a backbone, also authenticates users based on the IEEE 802.1x authentication standard. The switch also uses other authentication methods such as Media Access Control (MAC) port locking, and it supports access control lists as well as Secure Socket Layer, Secure Socket Shell and RADIUS servers.
The Matrix V 2 supports 10/100Base-TX links, and up to eight units can be stacked to provide as many as 192 ports. Its stacking ability is unique compared with competitive offerings from Cisco Systems Inc. in its comparable Catalyst 2950 line, said Stan Stevens, product manager for the Matrix V 2 in Andover, Mass.