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February 25, 2009

Enterasys, Siemens Enterprise Unveil New HiPath Wireless Portfolio

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Enterasys and Siemens Enterprise Communications reportedly have launched an upgraded “HiPath Wireless” portfolio that includes new pricing, increased hardware scalability and new software features to unify wired and wireless communications.

HiPath Wireless enables deployment of 802.11n solutions. According to the companies, the solution delivers wired/wireless integration and low total cost of ownership, and supports a broad range of mobile voice, video and location-based applications.
“The HiPath 802.11n access points are priced aggressively for companies looking for the next generation of reliability and performance that 802.11n networks provide,” said Abner Germanow, director of enterprise networks research at IDC (News - Alert).
HiPath Wireless has been purpose-built to enable voice and HD video communications across the WLAN, said officials. In comparison to single-radio or 2x3 MIMO offerings, the HiPath Wireless dual-radio 3x3 MIMO 802.11n wireless access point is said to cost up to 30 percent less.
The new C5110 wireless controller scales to support more than 1,000 wireless access points. Officials said that simplified licensing ensures only the desired capacity can be purchased for initial deployment.
The release of C5110 expands the current portfolio of C20, C20N, and C2400 controllers for office, campus and enterprise deployments to deliver unified and/or overlay Wi-Fi connectivity.
Moreover, according to officials, the C20N wireless controller network expansion module integrates wireless switching into the Enterasys (News - Alert) Matrix N-Series LAN switches.
Officials said that the HiPath Wireless v6 software optimizes traffic flow for each user group and-or application. It comes equipped with specific capabilities for healthcare and manufacturing industries.
Unlike forcing all wireless traffic through a centralized controller, the traffic can be switched and distributed at each AP, and-or controlled centrally in hybrid modes of operation.
Additionally, the latest HiPath Wireless controller software can be implemented on select Enterasys RoamAbout controllers and specific RoamAbout APs to deliver HiPath functionality.
Officials said that the integration of Enterasys NetSight management software suite with the Siemens (News - Alert) HiPath Wireless portfolio provides end-to-end visibility of HiPath Wireless access points, controllers and wireless clients from NetSight Console.
“We’re driving down costs and improving scalability to accelerate adoption of 802.11n on a global basis without disrupting an organization’s current communications infrastructure,” said Chris Crowell, executive vice president and general manager at Enterasys.
He said that the 802.11n technologies coupled with fixed mobile convergence and HD video conferencing delivers intelligent bandwidth and convenient information access inside and outside the enterprise.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan


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