The Enterasys S-Series delivers a powerful combination of Terabit-class performance along with granular visibility and control over users, services, and applications to meet the increasing demands of today's businesses and enable optimization of key technologies including voice and video, virtualization, and cloud computing. Unlike competitive solutions lacking comprehensive centralized management and adequate high availability services, the Enterasys S-Series drives down operational costs through a combination of management automation, a robust and highly resilient distributed architecture, built-in security, and flexible power configurations specifically designed to reduce power and cooling costs. The highly versatile Enterasys S-Series delivers both the comprehensive functionality and configuration flexibility to be deployed as a premium high-density network edge access device, high performance distribution layer switch, resilient enterprise class multi-Terabit core router, or as a data center virtualization solution.
The Enterasys S-Series chassis utilize both fabric-based point-to-point and fabric-less meshed forwarding architectures. The S8 chassis uses a fabric-based forwarding architecture that provides multiple high bandwidth data paths between I/O modules. This chassis is optimized for redundant high performance switching and routing as well as providing flexible connectivity.
Optimized, high-availability and self healing services
Aside from the standard high-availability features of typical wiring closet and data center switches, the Enterasys S-Series includes many advanced self healing features such as dynamic service fail-over, automatic module self-configuration, and multi-image support. Dynamic service fail-over enables each I/O module service to be automatically switched to another I/O module in an event of module or process failure. This "self healing" capability happens in milliseconds because each service is replicated in real-time on every I/O fabric and I/O module.
Distributed, flow-based architecture
In order to ensure granular visibility and manage of traffic without sacrificing performance, the Enterasys S-Series deploys a distributed, flow-based architecture. This architecture ensures that when a specific communications flow is being established between two end points, the first packets in that communication are processed through the multilayer classification engines in the switch I/O modules and I/O fabric modules. In this process, the role is identified, the applicable policies are determined, the packets are inspected, and the action is determined.
Multi-user/method authentication and policy
Authentication allows enterprise organizations to manage network access and provide mobility to users and devices. It provides a way to know who or what is connected to the network and where this connection is at any time. The Enterasys S- Series has unique, industry leading capabilities regarding types of simultaneous authentication methods.
Dynamic, flow-based packet classification
Another unique feature that separates the Enterasys S-Series from all competitive switches is the capability to provide user-based multi-layer packet classification/QoS. With the wide array of network applications used on networks today, traditional multi-layer packet classification by itself is not enough to guarantee the timely transport of business-critical applications. In the S-Series, user-based multi-layer packet classification allows traffic classification not just by packet type, but also by the role of the user on the network and the assigned policy of that user.
Unified cross-platform operating system
The Enterasys S-Series firmware adds the benefit of becoming a multi-platform operating system that unifies the Enterasys S-Series into a single firmware image that operates on both platforms ensuring feature parity and consistent operation across the flow-based switches. This provides many customer benefits: reduced TCO via a single, unified operating system from network edge/access layer to the network core and data center, feature and function consistency across platforms, and easy deployment and upgrades to ensure operational efficiency.
Integrated services designProduct Highlights
Integrated services design is a key differentiator that separates the Enterasys S-Series from the competition. Integrated services design reduces the number and type of modules required to build typical wiring closet configurations, simplifying the overall network design. In turn, this significantly reduces the maintenance and sparing cost as each I/O fabric or I/O module can perform all of these services, unlike competitive offerings with multiple dedicated module types for each specific service.
In The Box
- A future-proofed, standards-based multi-Terabit architecture for secure, reliable deployment of business-critical applications
- Best-in-class Quality of Service functionality for predictable performance of demanding voice, video, and data applications
- Flow-based architecture delivers unrivaled end-to-end visibility and control over users, services, and applications ensuring consistent end-user experience
- Edge-to-core architecture flexibility reduces deployment and maintenance costs and simplifies network management
- Management automation and built-in resiliency features combine to drive down operational costs and maximize uptime
- Optimized flow-based architecture for iSCSI, CEE, and virtualization enabling consolidation of servers, applications, and storage, while reducing data center operational costs
- Flexible power configurations optimized for low power consumption and thermal output drives down data center power and cooling costs
- High-density, small form factor chassis providing over 1700 ports in a standard equipment rack that reduces footprint costs and scales from hundreds of Gigabits to multi-Terabit performance
- Enterasys S-Series S8 Chassis Triple Speed Bundle
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