Combo enterprise, data center switch suits both multi-gigabit PoE, cloud applications

Jan. 3, 2023
Edgecore Networks has introduced its EPS200 Series, a multi-gigabit enterprise copper/fiber switch platform.
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Edgecore Networks (Taiwan) has introduced its EPS200 Series multi-gigabit enterprise platform, which the manufacturer states "enables enterprises to upgrade their existing network and cabling to let...Wi-Fi infrastructure embrace higher transmission bandwidths."

The EPS203 multi-Gigabit PoE enterprise switch features:

  • (36) 10/100/1000/2.5GBASE-T RJ-45 ports
  • (12) 2.5G/5G/10GBASE-T RJ-45 ports
  • (4) 10G/25G SFP28 uplink ports
  • (2) x 100G stacking ports

All of the EPS203's RJ-45 Ethernet ports support up to 90W Power-over-Ethernet to attached devices such as VoIP phones, wireless access points, surveillance cameras etc., fully utilizing existing Cat. 6 cabling infrastructure, as noted by Edgecore.

Compared with previous Edgecore 1G enterprise solutions, the manufacturer notes that the new EPS203 brings a 2.5 times faster data transmission bandwidth to meet the demands of new applications and a new generation of technologies, such as 4K video streaming, VR, and online gaming, which requires Wi-Fi 6E and upcoming Wi-Fi 7 wireless connectivity.

By deploying the EPS203 with its 2.5G and 5G ports, users can switch from 1G to 2.5G and to 5G speeds over the existing cabling infrastructure, letting the network and Wi-Fi infrastructure embrace higher network speeds and run traffic-intensive apps and services.

Advanced chipset meets open source O/S

With the EPS200 Series switches, Edgecore contends that enterprises can deploy a powerful and reliable open network solution to respond the demanding Power-over-Ethernet growth requests from wireless access networks, security applications, and campus networks.

At silicon level, the Edgecore EPS200 Series is based on the latest Broadcom Trident3-X3 family chipset and a COMe CPU board with an Intel Denverton CPU, delivering advanced performance per Watt, a power-saving thermal design, and a configurable high-speed I/O. These features enable the EPS200 Series to be used as a highly-scalable, power saving, feature-rich multi-gigabit switch family for both enterprise and campus access networking applications.

Significantly, the Edgecore EPS200 Series is fully compatible with the open source network operating system, SONiC. SONiC open source networking provides unified enterprise management and control, simplifying deployment through automation, provisioning, and monitoring of the entire networking infrastructure.

Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Edgecore provides great control and flexibility for network management. Features such as Layer 2, Layer 3, QOS, Monitoring and Security enables flexibility of network deployment and management.

Another EPS Series model – the EPS201, features 48 10/100/1000BASE-T ports, 4 x 10G/25G uplink ports, and 2 x 100G stacking ports, which is ideal for enterprises that want to deploy open network solutions outside of their data centers, in distribution facilities, branch offices, and campus networks.

The Edgecore EPS201 is also ideal in a management switch role in the data center networking architecture, connecting all server nodes, storage nodes, and network switches in a rack.

Edgecore Networks also provides a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer a choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software. 

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