3Com Strengthens Enterprise Switching Portfolio

3Com has announced it is further strengthening its enterprise stackable switching portfolio to create a comprehensive end-to-end networking solution that is optimised to support advanced applications such as VoIP.

The new enterprise switching portfolio, including the new 3Com(R) Switch 4500G, is designed to deliver a cost-effective solution that provides best-in-class security, performance and reliability that maximises investments in VoIP and delivers long-term customer value.

“A successful VoIP implementation is as much about the network as the application itself,” said Brian Allain, vice president and general manager of 3Com’s Voice and Data Business Unit. “If the underlying infrastructure can’t properly provide quality of service, security and prioritization of VoIP traffic, the application will not meet the user’s expectations. 3Com’s switching portfolio is optimised for a voice network because it has been designed specifically with the requirements needed to maximize the benefits of VoIP. 3Com has been a VoIP pioneer and a networking pioneer, so we understand the requirements for each and they are reflected in the development of our products and solutions.”

As organisations transition to VoIP and adopt advanced applications to grow and manage their business, quality of service and security against new threats become even more important. New applications, such as VoIP, create increased demand for bandwidth and increased risks. In a converged voice and data environment, it is critical that the network possesses the intelligence to prioritize traffic, provide security and ensure quality and reliability. 3Com’s end-to-end enterprise stackable switching portfolio is specifically designed to meet the full spectrum of requirements from enterprise to small- and medium-sized organizations that have made the transition to VoIP or are evaluating VoIP.

The newest addition to its portfolio is the 3Com Switch 4500G. Complementing 3Com’s other enterprise access solutions, the Switch 4500G delivers Gigabit speed with dynamic Layer 3 routing and extensive Layer 2 switching capabilities as well as support for IPv6. Available in 24 and 48 port models, with or without Power over Ethernet, the Switch 4500G features clustered stacking of up to 32 devices with four fully flexible 10G ports that can be used for stacking, server connections or uplinks. 3Com’s new clustered stacking technology enables effective centralised management of not only 4500G switches but clusters that also include switches from the 4200 and 5500 families.

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