SMC Debuts Line of Layer 3 Switches

SMC Networks offers cost-conscious businesses a line of TigerStack II 1000 switches designed for flexibility and reliability.

Networking solutions specialist SMC Networks announced the launch of the TigerStack II 1000 Stackable Managed Layer 3 switches, designed to improve the performance of workgroup network infrastructures of small to medium-size businesses.

The switches (SMC8926EM and SMC8950EM) deliver wire-speed Gigabit performance over 24 or 48 10/100/1000BASE-T ports and feature two 10G module slots to enable XFP 10G connections to the core of a network.

Iain Kenney, SMC Networks' director of product marketing, said the switches will be of particular interest to businesses that need to take their workgroup network infrastructures to the next level in terms of the performance, versatility and scalability required to support the ever-increasing forest of advanced network applications.

"These switches enable businesses to affordably upgrade their existing infrastructure to a solution that provides the critical combination of future-proofing, performance, reliability and a robust set of features that will maximize the performance of the network and its applications," he said. "The high scalability of our switching solution will ensure that as the needs of the business grow, from both physical size and performance requirement standpoints, the TigerStack II 1000 switches will support growth well into the future."

The company noted that support for both IPv4 and IPv6 management options provides future-proof flexibility and maintainability, while a redundant power option protects the network against primary power failure. A host of user and device security functions such as 802.1x and private VLANs help provide security for the business's network and its assets. Leveraging 50G bps of High Gigabit stacking, the switches provide connectivity to 200 high-speed nodes in any network managed under a single hardware stack. With up to four TigerStack II 1000 switches stacked together, the 89-Series switches provide up to 192 Gigabit ports and can deliver a switching capacity of up to 186G bps and are well-suited for an environment requiring line rate performance.

The feature set of the TigerStack II 1000 switches includes static routing, VLAN support, RIPv1/2, OSPF, VRRP, flow control, Spanning Tree, broadcast storm control, Jumbo frame support, ACL's, 802.1x, RADIUS, TACACS+, static port security, DNS and LLDP. The switches support eight levels of priority (QoS) with flexible classification and prioritization, and provide per-port bandwidth management. The switches can be managed via IPv6 and IPv4, Telnet and SSH, HTTP and HTTPS, SNMP, and through the RS-232 console port.

"Moreover, we've added the ability to reduce cable management issues when attempting to link switches over longer distances in data centers and other such environments by making available a 300-meter stacking cable with no latency degradation," said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Keith Alexis. "This greatly improves flexibility for the IT manager, while reducing management overhead by maintaining single management IP capabilities, all the while lowering wiring cost and confusion."