International network technology suppliers are bringing out higher volumes of solutions specifically designed to improve performance within the data centres of medium-sized businesses. There is growth within this segment of the market, fuelled by the relevance of data centres to core business operation and the desire to integrate evolving infrastructure.
The demand for high-capacity, high-performance and cost competitive product is increasing.
Edge-Core Networks Corporation, a professional networking solution provider, sees the ongoing convergence of Ethernet applications and the strategic role of the data centre in communications as key areas of interest to medium sized organisations.
The company refers to the advent of triple play, cloud computing and virtualised environments as trends that will help to improve the networks of mid-sized organisations.
Speed, reliability, connectivity and the need to accommodate unified communications (UC), as well as broadband and fibre, are priorities for the developing business.
The company’s portfolio of solutions available to the local market includes the Edge-Core ECS5510-48S, a 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 switch, and the Edge-Core ES3528MF-PoE, a Fast Ethernet Layer 2, standalone PoE switch.
The suite of products has been recently enhanced with the inclusion of ECView Pro network management suite.
Built on the powerful ECView Pro Platform, the NMS provides a sophisticated plug-in architecture that ensures the transparent integration of all components and products, thus allowing network administrators to optimise the business and operational benefits of an enterprise network.
Edge-Core is also product-ready for the introduction of the new Internet protocol IPv6 as a replacement of the current 32-bit version (IPv4).
“All new Edge-Core switches support the new protocol,” says Paul Luff, country manager, Edge-Core Networks. “Our Edge-COS Ethernet switch software platform and managed switches presents users with a number of key features that enable users to leverage off the upgrade in Internet protocol for hassle-free, high performance network connectivity.”
These features include IPv4/IPv6 Dual Protocol Stack, ICMPv6, IPv6 Path MTU Discovery, SNMP over IPv6, HTTP over IPv6, IPv6 DHCP Relay, Sflow over IPv6, IPv6 DiffServ, as well as Layer 3 IPv6 features like IPv6 hardware IP routing, host table, net table, multi-cast table, IPv6 routing, static route, OSPFv3, MLSD v1/v2, and IPv6 multi-cast routing.
From a technical point of view, the features are designed for efficiency, simplicity and improved security. Most notably, Edge-Core Networks points out that IPv6 makes routing more efficient and hierarchical because it allows the reduction of the size of routing tables.
Luff says Edge-Core Networks solutions are designed from the ground up and address connectivity issues that all decision makers face.
“For example, being able to facilitate Ethernet to the desktop adds significant value to the growing business. If one considers the significance of the convergence of applications such as VoIP phones, wireless access points and IP cameras on business, the demand for efficient technology is there,” he adds.
According to Edge-Core Networks, ongoing research, development and innovation is driving prices down. The result is that mid-sized organisations now have more access to applications and solutions that were previously unattainable.