Enterprise -> Technology
Released: 8th May 2013
Cloud-Based Provisioning and Management for Wireless APs, Arrays and New Ethernet Switches Provides Rapid Turn-Up, Seamless Connectivity, and Unified Management Across the Network Edge
London, U.K. – May 8, 2013 – Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced its Unified Access portfolio – a powerful suite of cloud services, Wi-Fi access solutions, Ethernet switches, management tools, and application programming interfaces that enable organisations to bring together disparate wired and wireless network components into a unified network. The new Xirrus XT series of Gigabit Ethernet switches deliver flexible wired access options to supplement Xirrus’ existing wireless access solutions. Xirrus Mobilize, a cloud service, automatically provisions all
Xirrus wireless and wired access elements on the network. Xirrus Unified Access solutions ultimately deliver a seamless experience as users migrate from desktop to mobile-computing platforms.
Xirrus Unified Access breaks new ground in the integration of wired and wireless connectivity:
“A key challenge in networking today is making network access seamless across wired and wireless technologies,” said Rohit Mehra, VP of network infrastructure at IDC. “While PC's still remain the single most important device to access enterprise applications, mobile device adoption is accelerating at a much faster pace, driving IT towards taking a unified view of securing and managing wired and wireless networks. By unifying the access layer in its own solution set, Xirrus has taken a significant step towards bridging that gap for its customers.”
Powerful Wired Switches Debut
The Unified Access offering includes a new series of wired Ethernet switches:
The new XT switch line works together with Xirrus’ XR wireless portfolio to provide a comprehensive access solution for a myriad of applications. The XT-5003 derives power for itself from the XT-5024/XT-5048 in the IDF as well as supplying power for local devices such as wireless APs, VoIP phones, surveillance cameras, or any other PoE device. Advanced power pooling functionality provides flexible allocation of power across all ports on the XT-5024/48 switches for easy deployment independent of physical port. In addition, the new switching line scales easily through virtual stacking to increase capacity as demand grows.
"Xirrus’ unified solution addresses some of the challenges we are faced with at our university," said Shawn Kung, director of information technology at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. "We have a number of buildings where it is difficult to run additional cables. Xirrus' new switches provide us a lot of flexibility to utilise the infrastructure we have and deploy a complete end-to-end wired and wireless solution in the dorms and across campus without major upgrades to infrastructure. XMS makes it easy to manage both the wired and wireless access network from a single console, which is a strong plus."
"The XT-5003 represents a significant innovation in high-speed Internet access and creates new options for guest access in the hospitality industry,” said Mark Hillman, Managing Director of Stadium Wireless, Xirrus partner. “Customers in hospitality and across industry need to rely on their existing network infrastructure – even as they upgrade to offer guests fast access and premium services – without the additional capital expenses of new wiring."
XMS is available today. Xirrus Mobilize and the XT switch series will be available in June. For more information about Xirrus Unified Access, please visit: http://www.xirrus.com.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus' Array-based solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances with wired-like reliability and superior security. The Xirrus wireless solutions provide a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to the education, healthcare, government and enterprise industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Xirrus is a privately held company that designs and manufactures its products and solutions in the USA. For more information please visit: http://www.xirrus.com/ and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.
The Xirrus name is a registered trademark and Mobilize is a trademark of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.
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