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  • 30 March 2004 16:27

Alcatel's gigabit to the desktop Enterprise switch offers superior value

Sydney, March 30, 2004 – Alcatel today broadened its portfolio of data infrastructure solutions with the Alcatel OmniStack 6300, a fixed configuration triple-speed Gigabit Ethernet switch that delivers the industry's best value in highly-available, secure, and easy to manage workgroup connectivity.

The OmniStack 6300 delivers more capabilities than workgroup switches twice the cost and offers superior network performance, faster application response times and enhanced user productivity. It is ideal for the wiring closet, edge deployments and branch offices, layer 2 aggregation, and data center server clusters. It also satisfies enterprise requirements to support large video and graphic files, CRM/ERP database applications, data storage and backup, and emerging unified communications applications.

The OmniStack 6300 provides far stronger security than similarly priced switches and possesses many security features that switches twice the cost do not have—supporting Alcatel's CrystalSec model for strong switch security and a commitment to value leadership in highly-secure enterprise networking. These security capabilities include:

· Access Control List to keep out unwanted network traffic such as denial of service attacks that can cause network downtime and impact business · Port Based Authentication to challenge users with a password before granting network connectivity · Private Virtual Local Area Network capability to isolate data traffic to prevent traffic snooping · MAC address lockdown to allow only pre-authorized devices to access the network and to protect against rogue WLAN access

The OmniStack 6300 supports mission-critical applications by offering 8 hardware queues and layer 2, 3, and 4 capabilities to provide stronger and more flexible Quality of Service than switches twice the cost. Additionally, dynamic link aggregation, fast spanning-tree, multiple spanning-tree, and 1:1 back up all support high-availability for non-stop networking. Also, an industry standard management interface means that the time commitment and cost of learning a new application is significantly reduced.

"Alcatel understands that network infrastructure is key to next generation business applications and optimizes its solutions to support those applications," said Eric Penisson, Vice President of Product Marketing for Alcatel's Network Infrastructure activities. "Pairing high-end features and value allows enterprises to protect their current investment and migrate to the future seamlessly with Gigabit Ethernet to take advantage of new, business-enhancing applications. This combination protects enterprises from sacrificing features in a part of the network where commodity products are often found and lets them support business-enhancing applications with confidence."

Alcatel offers a variety of stackable switches, as well as a full range of chassis solutions. For more info, click here:

About Alcatel Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

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