Switches squeeze more over fiber

Switches squeeze more over fiber

The Matrix E1 series of Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet switches from Enterasys Networks Inc. of Rochester, N.H., serve bandwidth-intensive applications such as videoconferencing, distance learning and enterprise resource planning.

The $7,995 Matrix E1 Workgroup Switch comes with 48 fixed 10/100-Mbps ports and three modular uplink slots for Gigabit or 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

The $9,995 Matrix E1 Gigabit Workgroup Switch has six fixed Gigabit Ethernet ports and three slots for a variety of 10/100/1,000-Mbps uplinks.

The $14,995 Matrix E1 Optical Access Switch has 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a modular 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink with options for LAN environments. The optical access switch boosts the capacity of existing fiber cabling by transporting up to 10 Gbps over a single cable pair.

The 10-Gigabit Ethernet standard is on track for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers approval by midyear.

Matrix product manager Matt Roman said he does not expect early federal adopters. 'It is a select group that buys these' before standards are complete, he said.

Contact Enterasys at governmentsales@enterasys.com.

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