Xirrus unveils system to unite wired and wireless components into unified networks

Cloud-based provisioning and management for wireless APs, arrays and new Ethernet switches provides rapid turn-up, seamless connectivity, and unified management across the network edge

Xirrus unveils system to unite wired and wireless components into unified networks

Xirrus has launched its Unified Access portfolio – a suite of cloud services, Wi-Fi access solutions, Ethernet switches, management tools, and application programming interfaces that enable organisations to bring together disparate wired and wireless network components into a unified network.

The new Xirrus XT series of Gigabit Ethernet switches deliver flexible wired access options to supplement Xirrus’ existing wireless access solutions.

Xirrus Mobilize, a cloud service, automatically provisions all Xirrus wireless and wired access elements on the network.

Xirrus Unified Access solutions ultimately deliver a seamless experience as users migrate from desktop to mobile-computing platforms. Xirrus believes its Unified Access breaks new ground in the integration of wired and wireless connectivity:

Wired-like performance across the network

Xirrus Unified Access includes the Xirrus XR wireless portfolio – the only solution in the industry able to deliver the performance of a wired network across a heterogeneous wired-wireless network by eliminating the wireless chokepoints that hamper other offerings.

Unified management

The Xirrus Management System (XMS) offers “single pane of glass” management for all access components in the network – including wired switches, wireless APs, and wireless Arrays – to greatly simplify the job of the IT manager. The XMS provides in-depth visibility and configuration and is available in both on-premise and cloud-based options.

Automatic activation and zero-touch provisioning

Xirrus Mobilize enables all wired switches, wireless APs, and wireless Arrays on the access network to be activated and provisioned automatically, without IT involvement. This free service is available with all Xirrus access solutions and provides automatic discovery, licensing, software updates, and initial configuration of a Xirrus network for fast and simple turn-up.

Common policy enforcement

Xirrus Unified Access enables common policy management across a Xirrus access network via the XMS or other policy management systems. Integration with third-party systems ensures interoperability of the Xirrus network with existing network infrastructure.

Application integration

Extensible RESTful JSON application programming interfaces (API’s) in Xirrus XMS simplify the integration of the access network with services such as data analytics, location services, and network access control.

‘A key challenge in networking today is making network access seamless across wired and wireless technologies,’ said Rohit Mehra, VP of network infrastructure at IDC. ‘While PC's still remain the single most important device to access enterprise applications, mobile device adoption is accelerating at a much faster pace, driving IT towards taking a unified view of securing and managing wired and wireless networks. By unifying the access layer in its own solution set, Xirrus has taken a significant step towards bridging that gap for its customers.’

New wired Ethernet switches

The Unified Access offering includes a new series of wired Ethernet switches:

XT-5024 and XT-5048: These 24-port and 48-port managed Gigabit Ethernet switches deliver advanced Layer 2+ switching functionality and full performance for wired access. Both switches feature PoE+ for powering Xirrus APs or other devices, plus 4 SFP+ uplinks for stacking or high-bandwidth 1GigE or 10GigE uplink connectivity to data centers or distribution closets.

XT-5003:  This 3-port in-wall Gigabit Ethernet switch provides convenient and discrete wired port replication for delivery of in-room IP services. Customers can easily leverage existing cable infrastructure to deliver wired and wireless services.

The new XT switch line works together with Xirrus’ XR wireless portfolio to provide a comprehensive access solution for a myriad of applications.  The XT-5003 derives power for itself from the XT-5024/XT-5048 in the IDF as well as supplying power for local devices such as wireless APs, VoIP phones, surveillance cameras, or any other PoE device.

Advanced power pooling functionality provides flexible allocation of power across all ports on the XT-5024/48 switches for easy deployment independent of physical port.  In addition, the new switching line scales easily through virtual stacking to increase capacity as demand grows.

XMS is available today, while Xirrus Mobilize and the XT switch series will be available in June.

Written by Wireless magazine
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