Alcatel Unveils OmniAccess

Introduces new OmniAccess WLAN switch family for enterprise class WLAN with comprehensive security

May 31, 2005

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced its latest Alcatel OmniAccess wireless LAN (WLAN) switch family, a next-generation enterprise Wi-Fi solution designed for voice and data user mobility with the highest levels of security, management and signal integrity.

Users increasingly rely on wireless networks to provide the flexibility to roam into meetings with colleagues or to access temporary workstations with full voice and data services. The latest Alcatel OmniAccess WLAN solution includes stackable and chassis-based switches that provide broad Wi-Fi coverage and exceptional radio frequency (RF) signal management in heavy use areas on an enterprise site or campus.

"Wireless networks offer productivity enhancing mobility for users, but they cannot be the weak link in enterprise network security," said Tom Burns, general manager of Alcatel's data networking business. "With the new OmniAccess WLAN product family we have extended our proven enterprise security onto the wireless network to provide seamless protection and comprehensive management."

"Our research shows a substantial growth in enterprise Wi-Fi thanks, inpart, to the ability to run applications like voice across theinfrastructure ? but this assumes that the infrastructure has the security and services to support these applications," said Richard Webb, directing analyst, wireless LANs for Infonetics Research. "Alcatel's emphasis on security, services, and wired network integration is important to the success of its Wi-Fi products in this environment."

The Alcatel OmniAccess WLAN solution is integrated into the Alcatel OmniVista Network Management infrastructure for a complete view of Alcatelwireless and wired infrastructure. With the new Alcatel OmniVista 2770Quarantine Manager software, announced in April, host integrity detection and network quarantine security features are offered on the wireless network.

Other security features include centralized encryption for 802.11i anduser-aware stateful firewalls. The switches assign security and accessrights on a per-user basis and have "follow-me" capabilities that track the user and apply those services no matter where in the network the user connects ? something no other enterprise system provides today.

The Alcatel OmniAccess family includes three stackable units: the Alcatel OmniAccess 4304, an eight-port 10/100 switch that supports up to four access points; the Alcatel OmniAccess 4308; an eight-port 10/100 switch that supports up to 16 access points, and the Alcatel OmniAccess 4324, a 24-port 10/100 switch with support for up to 48 access points.

Also in the family is the Alcatel OmniAccess 6000, a four-slot modular controller for use in very large networks. It can control up to 512 accesspoints. A complete series of single radio and dual radio access pointscomplete the product family.

The switches support 10/100/1000 Ethernet speeds and Power-over-Ethernet capabilities. The Alcatel OmniAccess WLAN switch product family can be used in enterprise campus, building, and branch office environments, and is based on technology from Aruba Networks, which formed a partnership with Alcatel earlier this year.

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