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Stackable enterprise switch boasts WLAN support, virtual switch ports

07 May 2012

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Broadcom Corp. has announced what it declares as the world's first high performance stackable enterprise switch series with integrated and wire-speed application-level visibility and mobility features for the Enterprise 2.0 workplace. The BCM56545 series, based on the StrataXGS architecture, claims to bring innovation into the enterprise wiring closet on a single switch chip.

The innovative App-IQ Web 2.0-ready technology delivers ubiquitous traffic visualization for social networking and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing applications. This allows network managers to implement application-level intelligent policies, manage congestion and meet the increased application visibility demands of the modern workplace, noted the company. Network managers now can block undesired applications and improve employee productivity with a cost effective and scalable approach.

Use of enterprise wireless LANs (WLAN) is growing at a rapid pace, moving from small hotspot-style deployments to enterprise-wide deployments that span the campus. With 48 ports of 1GbE, 4 ports of 10GbE and 80Gb optical QSFP-based cost-effective stacking performance, the StrataXGS BCM56545 switch series satisfies the increasing bandwidth and speed demands in the enterprise and complements integrated WLAN support using CAPWAP technology with standards-based port extender support (IEEE 802.1BR E-Tag). With support for thousands of virtual switch ports, IT managers now have the ability to cost-effectively deploy a large base of mobile users and devices with very granular policies, stated Broadcom.

The BCM56545 series is sampling with production volume slated for 2H12.




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