The Enterasys S-Series® is the premier family of high performance enterprise Ethernet switching and routing solutions from Enterasys. The Enterasys S-Series delivers a powerful combination of Terabit-class performance along with granular visibility and control over users, services, and applications to meet the increasing demands of today’s businesses and enable optimization of key technologies including voice and video, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Unlike competitive solutions lacking comprehensive centralized management and adequate high availability services, the Enterasys S-Series drives down operational costs through a combination of management automation, a robust and highly resilient distributed architecture, built-in security, and flexible power configurations specifically designed to reduce power and cooling costs. The highly versatile Enterasys S-Series delivers both the comprehensive functionality and configuration flexibility to be deployed as a premium high-density network edge access device, high performance distribution layer switch, resilient enterprise class multi-Terabit core router, high-end storage switch and as a data center virtualization solution.

Enterasys S-Series switches are available in the following form factors:

  • S-Series stand alone (SSA) system with 48 ports of Triple Speed Ethernet or 48 ports of Gigabit Ethernet SFP connectivity and 4 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ connectivity
  • 3-slot chassis offering up to 180 ports of Gigabit Ethernet or 12 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • 4-slot chassis offering up to 288 ports of Gigabit Ethernet or 64 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • 8-slot chassis offering up to 576 ports of Gigabit Ethernet or 128 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The S-Series provides a highly resilient distributed switching and routing architecture with management and control functions embedded in each module, delivering unsurpassed reliability, scalability, and fault tolerance. Organizations can cost-effectively add connectivity as needed while scaling performance capacity with each new module. The highly available architecture makes forwarding decisions, and enforces security policies and roles while classifying/prioritizing traffic at wire speed. All I/O modules provide the highest Quality of Service (QoS) features for critical applications such as voice and HD video even during periods of high network traffic load while also proactively preventing Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and malware propagation.

The S-Series implements an industry-leading, flow-based switching architecture to intelligently manage individual user and application conversations-far beyond the capabilities of switches that are limited to using VLANs, ACLs, and ports to implement role-based access controls. Users are identified and roles are applied to ensure each individual user can access their business-critical applications no matter where they connect to the network. S-Series policy rules combined with deep packet inspection can intelligently sense and automatically respond to security threats while improving reliability and quality of the user experience.

A significant differentiator for the S-Series is the ability to collect NetFlow data at wire-speed on every port, providing total visibility into network resource consumption for users and applications. The S-Series is the only enterprise switch to support multi-user, multi-method authentication on every port – absolutely essential when you have devices such as IP phones, computers, printers, copiers, security cameras, badge readers, and virtual machines connected to the network. When quality of service, device and application prioritization, and security matters there is no better choice than the Enterasys S-Series.

Business Alignment
  • A future-proofed, standards-based multi-Terabit architecture for secure, reliable deployment of business-critical applications
  • Best-in-class Quality of Service functionality for predictable performance of demanding voice, video, and data applications
  • Flow-based architecture delivers unrivalled end-to-end visibility and control over users, services, and applications ensuring consistent end-user experience
  • Built-in hardware support for 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet, emerging protocols (IPv6) and large scale
Operational Efficiency
  • Edge-to-core architecture flexibility reduces deployment and maintenance costs and simplifies network management
  • Management automation and built-in resiliency features combine to drive down operational costs and maximize uptime
  • Optimized flow-based architecture for iSCSI, CEE, and virtualization enabling consolidation of servers, applications, and storage, while reducing data center operational costs
  • Flexible power configurations optimized for low power consumption and thermal output drives down data center power and cooling costs
  • High-density, small form factor chassis providing over 1700 ports in a standard equipment rack that reduces footprint costs and scales from hundreds of Gigabits to multi-Terabit performance
  • Unrivalled capabilities to protect business traffic from malicious attacks and maintain information confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  • Built-in not bolted-on security reduces cost of ownership and network administration complexity
  • Multi-method network access control and role-based security that extends to existing edge switches and wireless access points allowing authentication of thousands of users or devices
Support and Services
  • Industry-leading customer satisfaction and first call resolution rates
  • Personalized services, including site surveys, network design, installation, and training

Deployment Scenarios

From the Network Edge to the Core and Data Center

Today’s enterprise networking customers demand highly-reliable, feature-rich networking devices to fulfill their requirements across all layers of the network, providing the scalability, return on investment (ROI), and security required of a 21st century business environment.

Enterasys S-Series switches provide industry-leading, high performance distributed switching for enterprise networks, providing customers with the scalability, performance, and application control to meet the growing needs of today’s enterprises. S-Series solutions provide high-performance, feature-rich, and highly scalable 10/100/1000, Gigabit, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and the scalability to support future 40/100 Gigabit technologies. This allows them to scale from the network access/edge right to the heart of the network core where they are well positioned to meet emerging high bandwidth requirements for core routing implementations.


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