The need for the network to be aware of the traffic it is carrying and to adjust appropriately is key in the modern world, where network traffic is mission critical. To that end, Alcatel-Lucent is now debuting a new switch and an enhanced version of its Application Fluency initiative.
“Our converged network solutions for 2012 are focused around BYOD, operational convergence and cloud adoption,” Cliff Grossner, Senior Director, Networks Solutions Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent told InternetNews.com. “That drives specific requirement for more bandwidth and better quality of service controls with security.”
In terms of delivering more bandwidth, Alcatel-Lucent is now debuting the new OmniSwitch 6450 LAN switch. The 6450 is a 1 Gigabit Ethernet switch that will be available in 10, 24 and 48 port models, including 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. The 6450 complements the 6800 top of rack switch that can be enabled with 40 Gigabit Ethernet.
Looking beyond hardware, improved quality of service and security comes by way of the User Network Profile capability.
“So when a device is connected to the network, the device can be recognized by its MAC port and its traffic stream,” Grossner said. “So it’s recognized not just by switch port, but from the actually traffic stream.”
As such, if there are multiple devices that come in through the same switch port, Alcatel-Lucent can treat each device stream individually. With the device visibility, the Alcatel-Lucent system can then do a lookup and attach a profile to the device for management.