Sunday, April 25, 2010

Allied Telesis Shows Stackable, Eco-Friendly Access Switches

Allied Telesis
introduced its AT-8100 Series of stackable, access edge switches with energy-efficiency features.

The AT-8100 Series combines advanced layer 2+ and basic layer 3 features with a range of connectivity options from copper to fiber. The switches support the latest security features required at the edge of the network and is designed to interoperate with Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP). Various models offer 24- and 48-port Fast Ethernet stackable platforms with PoE and non-PoE ports. All PoE ports support the IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) 30W standard, which enables their use in video surveillance and/or other outdoor connectivity applications. Dual fixed redundant power supplies, a first for this class of product, come as standard on all but the smallest model.

Allied Telesis emphasized the power efficiency of its new series, saying the platform were designed now only to reduce energy across idle links, but to reduce energy consumption in other areas -- such as power supplies -- not covered by the latest Ethernet standards.

"Reducing power consumption and thermal footprint was a major consideration in the development of this product line," said Dael Bartlett, product strategy and marketing director, Allied Telesis. "Energy efficiency combined with access security and support for next-generation protocols such as IPv6 are critical to sustainable systems for the office, classroom, or factory floor. We are excited about the result because we have achieved significant power savings."http://www.allied-telesis.comhttp://