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3Com switches on new products

3Com has beefed up its switch product portfolio by adding more models to its Switch 5500 and 7700 families, which incorporate TippingPoint’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). 3Com has also tuned-up its Enterprise Management Suite (EMS) application.

3Com has beefed up its switch product portfolio by adding more models to its Switch 5500 and 7700 families, which incorporate TippingPoint’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). 3Com has also tuned-up its Enterprise Management Suite (EMS) application.

According to the company, a recent study by IDC found that the total spend on networking equipment translates to about 10% of the Middle East’s IT market. The IDC report also suggested that companies - irrespective of their size - are now investing in networking solutions, from IP technology to high-end innovations such as voice and data networks.

To cash-in on this burgeoning market, 3Com has added 12 models of both 10/100 and Gigabit variants to its Switch 5500 family, while expanding its Switch 7700 family with 7754 and 7757 switches, which feature 3Com’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. PoE provides a way to distribute low-voltage power across the network using existing ethernet data cabling, thereby reducing the cost of rewiring.

3Com has also updated its switches with the TippingPoint Quarantine Protection system, which helps switches extend security control over network endpoints, without having to deploy client software or make changes to endpoint devices. The system quarantines infected PCs by displaying a self-guided remediation web page for the end user, blocking a port, or redirecting the infected host to a contained quarantine VLAN. 3Com originally acquired TippingPoint last December.

3Com’s Enterprise Management Suite on the other hand has been updated with changes such as multi-user and multi-domain capabilities, control options with full audit trails, and extended support for Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems.

“Network managers throughout the Middle East face a diverse array of challenges when it comes to building secure, scalable, future-proof, converged IT infrastructures,” said Wael Fakharany, regional manager at 3Com Middle East. “With our products, enterprises can deploy solutions which not only deliver automated security, convergence and high-performance features, but also enable cost reductions by maximising an organisation’s entire network investment.”

The products are now available across the region, with the 10/100 model of the Switch 5500 costing from $2,495 to $4,495 (for non-PoE) and $3,795 to $6,495 (for PoE) versions. The Gigabit models of the Switch 5500 range from $5,995 to $10,995 (for non-PoE), and $7,495 to $13,495 (PoE). The Switch 7700 extensions cost between $1,795 and $4,995, while the 3Com EMS costs from $9,995 to $44,995, depending on the number of devices users want to manage.

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