Enterasys Unveils Corporate Strategy and Solutions for Automated, Vendor Agnostic Data Center Networking

Enhanced S-Series functionality integrates physical and virtual network management for today's heterogeneous data centers

Jun 14, 2010, 08:00 ET from Enterasys

ANDOVER, Mass., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys, the network infrastructure and security division of Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG, today announced its vendor agnostic data center strategy, and unveiled the first in a series of new offerings and partnerships to provide customers with open and highly automated data center network solutions.

Enhanced automation functionality in the Enterasys S-Series® "virtualizes" network connectivity, eliminating the complexity of data center network provisioning that can plague highly virtualized environments.  This functionality detects virtual machine changes and automatically configures application-specific network policies, priorities and bandwidth across both the virtual and physical environments.  In stark contrast to solutions that require manual administrative intervention in response to virtual machine movements, this built-in automation reduces administrative overhead and complexity, ensures high application availability and provides a consistent end user experience.

"As the enterprise increasingly moves toward fully virtualized data centers to streamline operations and reduce costs, IT organizations must reconcile server and network management applications which have historically operated as separate islands in the data center," said Steven J. Schuchart Jr., principal analyst, Current Analysis.  "The Enterasys data center solution provides integrated visibility and decentralized control of physical and virtual data center networks, enabling customers to provision servers and network services via a tightly integrated workflow and approval process tools."

"With the Enterasys S-Series and Network Management Suite, we have a data center solution with self-healing features and built-in redundancy to provide maximum reliability for our network," said Matthew McEwen, vice president at Stephens Inc. "No other solution comes close to offering the range of capabilities to automatically apply the correct network settings to virtual machines and storage devices as they move within the data center network.  This type of visibility greatly reduces the time we spend managing the network, and allows us to provision servers and network services in a streamlined fashion."

With data center solutions that avoid the lock-you-in approach other vendors promote, Enterasys offerings are designed to optimize and interoperate with multiple virtualization vendors, including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware; and multiple server and storage vendors, including Dell, HP and IBM.  In the coming quarters, Enterasys will continue to fulfill its vision with additional customer-focused and vendor agnostic data center networking solutions with a series of hardware, software and partnership announcements designed to provide customers with industry-leading automation and visibility features.

About the Enterasys S-Series®

The Enterasys S-Series® enterprise Ethernet switching and routing solutions deliver a powerful combination of Terabit-class performance along with granular visibility and control over users, services and applications.  Enterasys intelligent switching infrastructure devices utilize an industry leading built-in ability to store and apply service provisioning profiles to servers, virtual machines and storage devices. This ability to automatically apply device-specific profiles reduces operational costs because the infrastructure dynamically re-applies service policies when devices manually or automatically move between ports or switches, with customers realizing greater than 50 percent reduction in network management time.

To learn more about Enterasys data center networking solutions, please visit our Data Center Solutions site.

About Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG

Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

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