ReefEdge Makes Switch
The raison d'etre of the ReefSwitch 25 is that it eases management of 802.11 networks spread over multiple sites, the vendor claims. ReefEdge's switch concept is actually a bit different from those of such switch vendors as Airespace Inc. and Aruba Wireless Networks. The firm envisages a switch at the very edge (the Outer Limits, even) of the network, being controlled and managed by either of its new ReefSwitch 200A or 300 appliances. This architecture makes it a lot cheaper than other branch-office 802.11 switches, the company reckons, at only $1,000 a pop.
The ReefSwitch 25 is also designed to link to third-party access points or operate as a standalone 802.11 access point. ReefEdge says that it has incorporated support for third-party APs – such as Cisco's Aironet boxes – on the switch's WiseOS software, so that users can have some control over channel allocation and other RF management of the third-party prods.
The ReefSwitch concept is another sign that the wireless LAN gateway/appliance and WLAN switch sectors are converging into one large security and management play. Airespace has also recently introduced an appliance, and Aruba already has its WiFiMux branch office switch/appliance.
— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung