ZyXEL gives its partners the edge in SMB and mid-market with new Layer 2 Smart Managed Switches

ZyXEL Communications, a leading supplier of networking and communications solutions, is today announcing the immediate availability of its Smart Managed Switch Series, delivering all the features and benefits of fully managed Layer 2 devices at a price comparable to many unmanaged switches.

By providing the high levels of control and Quality of Service needed to deploy applications and services that are dependent on consistent bandwidth and performance, such as voice, video and cloud-based services, across the network, ZyXEL 1910 Series will give ZyXEL’s reseller partners a competitive edge in the switching market.

The range offers features normally found only on enterprise-class full-managed switches, including SNMP support, 1GB Ethernet across the range, high power over Ethernet and 10GB options. There are both 24- and 48-port versions with PoE and stackable models. This makes the 1910 series ideal for SMB and mid-market companies looking to deploy unified communications, hosted services and IP telephony and IP surveillance solutions.

Lee Marsden, European President of ZyXEL Communications, comments: “The ZyXEL 1910 Series the first complete range of smart managed switches with full Layer 2 functionality that spans all customer requirements. They provide all the performance and functionality needed to meet the needs of the latest applications and services, with the management control to enable efficient data, voice and video communications and traffic prioritisation.

“For resellers, it’s a big opportunity to upgrade customers from Fast to Gigabit Ethernet. For new installs, it’s a highly functional and cost-effective option and one that means ZyXEL resellers can complete for every opportunity to sell switching solutions – from the smallest SMB network to the largest corporate infrastructure refresh.”

ZyXEL will be targeting the SMB and mid-market sector with the new range. “ZyXEL has a strong reputation in certain key verticals, such as education and hospitality, and we have a good presence in the wider SMB market. With the Smart Managed Switch Series we have a really comprehensive range of solutions that, due to their broad Layer 2 functionality and exceptional value, have a much wider appeal. That opens up more potential for our partners to compete in both the SMB and mid-
market sectors.”

There are six models in the 1910 Series; the GS1910-24 and GS1910-48, which offers Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and a comprehensive range of Layer 2 management features, including support for QoS and VLANs, web-based network, security and power management, and IPv6 compatibility. The GS1910-24HP and GS1910-48HP provide high-powered PoE support, making them ideal for the deployment of extensive IP-based telephony and surveillance solutions and edge wireless LAN deployments. The XGS1910-24 and XGS1910-48 provide stackable options with two or four 10GbE ports for uplinks respectively.

All the switches are compliant with the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard and configurable low-power modes that can be used to reduce power consumption by up to 70 per cent. The complete ZyXEL 1910 Smart Managed Switch Series is available from ZyXEL’s distributors with immediate effect.

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