Zyxel delivers triple-play switch for SMB

Aimed at companies looking to implement VoIP and other converged technologies

Network vendor Zyxel is to release a new Gigabit switch, which it says will help SMBs support their converged voice and data network.

Although Zyxel has traditionally focused on smaller businesses, it recently took a surprise step into enterprise network territory with a chassis switch targeted at the big boys.

Now however, with the 24 port managed layer 3 Gigabit GS2724 switch, Zyxel has once again aimed at its traditional SMB customer base, and specifically those companies looking to implement VoIP and other converged technologies such as video on-demand. The switch design incorporates a 48Gbit/s wirespeed switching fabric, and comes in a 1U rack-mountable form factor.

The GS2724 also includes QoS (quality of service) measures and virtual LAN capability to ensure services can run uninterrupted. Security is enhanced across business networks, with MAC freeze, static MAC forwarding, MAC filtering functionality, as well as multi-layer access control lists, which provide L2/L3/L4 indicators for network traffic policies and QoS.

The GS2724 supports Zyxel's iStacking clustered administration technology which enables them to search and connect to other iStacking-capable Zyxel switches. This approach allows administrators to manage up to 24 switches with one IP address.

"As convergence and triple play becomes commonplace, businesses need to ensure that their network infrastructure can handle both the increased bandwidth and the different traffic characteristics," said Jon Pearce, switching product manager.

"The GS2724 is fully loaded with powerful QoS and VLAN functions to ensure that the network operates smoothly and is future proofed against developing requirements such as VoIP, IPTV and video streaming over the network."

The GS2724 features 24 standard 100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports, including 4 dual-personality copper/fiber GbE interfaces. Pricing details of the "affordable" switch were not provided.

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