MiLAN claims to do multi-layer switching for less

MiLAN Technology last week released a 24-port switch aimed at allowing businesses to roll out policy-based and application switching on a LAN at lower price than competing Layer 3+ switches, the vendor says.

The Procera MLS switch from MiLAN could help enterprises looking to enforce QoS on certain traffic flows based on applications - such as IP voice, Web traffic or enterprise applications - or restrict the user of network resources based on application type, or IP address.

The box is comes with 24 10/100M bit/sec ports and two Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) slots for fiber Gigabit uplinks to a backbone switch. The switch could be deployed in a wiring closet to enforce traffic rules at the end user connection point, or in a small backbone for applying traffic prioritization rules in the network core.

Five prioritization levels can be set on the switch, allowing users to set polices for prioritizing traffic based on IP address, URL information or other Layer 7 packet information. The switch also supports Layer 2 802.1q VLAN tagging, Layer 3 Diff-Serv prioritization, as well as Layer 3 routing protocols such as RIP and OSPF, which can provide for quicker recovery of downed network links over Layer 2 switches running spanning tree or rapid spanning tree protocols.

MiLAN is hoping its price will help to differentiate the Procera MLS from competing multi-layer switches from 3Com, Cisco, Nortel, Extreme and Foundry. With a per-port price of US$375, the MiLAN box comes in at a little less than half the average per-port price for Layer 4-7 switches in 2001, which IDC estimates to be at $700 per port.

The Procera MLS is available in the US now for US$9,000.

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