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November 19, 2008

Enterasys Networks Intros Unified Wired and Wireless Offerings

Enterasys Networks has announced unified wired and wireless offerings to enhance voice, video and data collaboration, leveraging new HiPath Wireless and OpenScape Mobility technologies.
Enterasys (News - Alert) has added these technologies as part of the joint venture with Siemens Enterprise Communications. This announcement is seen as the first step in an effort to deliver integrated data solutions under a single brand in the coming months.
Following the formation of the joint venture, the companies have started integrating switching, management software, and security across wired and wireless networks, said Chris Crowell, executive vice president of operations and CTO at Enterasys.
The integrated wireless offerings enable customers to deploy unified communications that are mobile. The solutions, which are based on standards and open-architecture, are backed by global support and services from both the companies.  
The Open Communications approach means that customers can use existing investments and eliminate the need for forklift upgrades. Companies’ officials said that this makes wireless mobility practical.
“We have also introduced the combined data offerings into both the Siemens (News - Alert) and Enterasys global channels with immediate availability,” said Crowell.
Based on HiPath Wireless technology, the companies have added new 802.11n offerings to the existing portfolio of Enterasys RoamAbout wireless offerings.
IEEE 802.11e wireless QoS/CAC/PowerSave capabilities along with session high-availability features allow voice and high definition (HD) communications across the wireless local area network (WLAN).
The mobile clients for unified communications (UC) and fixed mobile convergence (FMC) are supported on BlackBerry from Research In Motion (RIM), Nokia Symbian (News - Alert), and Windows Mobile devices.
Moreover, to extend the corporate telephony features to mobile users on both WLAN and cellular networks, the company plans to introduce Apple iPhone (News - Alert) support in the near future.
“Customers of the new joint venture will now be able to benefit from the end to end visibility and control,” said Abner Germanow, enterprise networks research director at IDC (News - Alert).

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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