Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Announces New Products At Interop
If you are Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (and they reminded us not to forget “the enterprise”) and you want to introduce your weather resistant, hardened Ethernet switches and outdoor access points at a convention like Interop in a memorable way, what would you do?
How about displaying them working inside of a running freezer next to Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars and ice cream sandwiches?
The purpose of the refrigeration, other than making people hungry, was to show that these products “work outside in all temperatures,” according to Heitor Faroni, Director of Solutions Marketing.
New products included three versions of Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points. Also introduced was a new mulit-Gig stackable LAN access switch called the OmniSwitch 6860E that now offers 2.5G ports. The one on the bottom of the refrigerator was the OAW-AP175, a dual-radio outdoor access point.
In the fridge, next to the Toll House ice cream sandwiches, was the new industrial grade, ruggedized Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, the OmniSwitch 6855-U10. In addition to working in all temperatures, they also work in other harsh environments where humidity, vibration, electrical, dust and debris can be issues. Faroni specifically mentioned factory floors and unheated, outdoor utility closets as possible applications. Technically, the switch is only designed to operate from -40C to +75C, but that would seem to cover most industrial applications.
The U10 model offers eight SFP ports and two RJ45 10/100/100 copper ports. The 6855-U24 model offers 22 SFP ports and two combo ports. There are also two copper models offering power over Ethernet (PoE). The 6855-14 has 12 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports, four PoE capable ports, and two SFP ports. The -24 model offers 20 RJ 45 ports.
Finally, the company also introduced the OmniSwitch 990, which has a new chassis to become a chassis-based LAN switch.
All products are available now.