Alcatel this week launched a smaller version of its OmniSwitch 9000 series chassis, intended for businesses that do not want to deploy larger, more expensive core switches in the middle tier of a network.
The smallest in the 9000 series, Alcatel's OmniSwitch 9600 is meant to provide aggregation-layer switching in a three-tier enterprise LAN configuration (LAN edge or wiring closet, aggregation layer, and core or backbone) the company says. The device supports such features as IPv6, 802.1x, and virtual LAN-based traffic quarantine for high availability and security. The box is targeted at enterprises that want a chassis-based switch in the aggregation layer, but don't want to use the larger, more expensive 9700 or 9800 switches.
The OmniSwitch 9600 joins the eight-slot 9700 and 16-slot 9800 boxes, and uses the same network service and management modules as other 9000 series switches. The 9600 can support as many as four network-service line cards and a single (nonredundant) management module. Various network-service line cards available for the chassis include 24-port 10/100/1000Mbps modules, Power over Internet-capable blades and as many as six 10G ports on a single module.
The switch also can use Alcatel's network access control (NAC) Access Guardian technology. This is based on Alcatel's Alcatel OmniVista 2770 Quarantine Manager, an appliance that sits on a LAN and authenticates all end-point devices — PCs, wireless LAN clients, printers or other network-attached nodes.
The device, which works with Microsoft's similar Network Access Protection (NAP) technology, verifies the identify of connecting devices, scans for known virus software and quarantines devices on a secure VLAN segment for remediation. That could include virus removal, software update or other steps to ensure the network client is safe.
OmniSwitch 9600 is available and starts at $3,000 for just the chassis.