Enterasys Eases Data Center Virtualization with S6
We’ve covered Enterasys in the past, most recently its wireless collaboration with Ascom. Now the networking vendor is focusing on both infrastructure and virtualization with the S-Series S6, designed to deal with the demanding loads of virtual desktops in the enterprise. Could Enterasys’ S6 be a perfect value-add for virtualization VARs? Read on for the tech specs and details …
Enterasys S-Series S6 is a modular switch built with an eye to the consumerization-of-IT trend, which we’ve covered extensively here at The VAR Guy, including how it adds to the data and security needs for both SMBs and enterprises. But there’s another important trend: virtual desktops. The Cisco Cius is a perfect example of a mobile device (though not specifically for the consumer) creating VDI demands.
Supporting all the network traffic associated with physical, virtual and mobile devices is a complex one. Thus, the S6 has been designed to deal with a huge amount of devices with an eye to scalability and security. The S6 switch comes equipped with six modular slots, allowing users to outfit the unit with either 432 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 96 10Gb Ethernet ports.
The S-Series also includes the CoreFlow 2 tool, making managing virtual machines, network and web applications easier in large deployments. The single-screen management interface of CoreFlow 2 offers IT admins (or MSPs) enhanced network visibility, ensuring the provision or removal of assets is a breeze. According to Enterasys, the S6 can also mitigate “VM sprawl,” ensuring VMs are running only when needed and not wasting precious overhead.
The Enterasys S6 is aimed at the enterprise, and as such carries an enterprise-level price tag of slightly less than $25,000 (though the overall costs savings of an optimized network infrastructure could offer a return on investment). VARs may want to check up on customers with previous VDI deployments and see if the S6 would be a better fit for busy IT departments. MSPs offering hosted VDI solutions may benefit form the S6, too.
VARs and customers looking to lay their hands on the S-Series S6 will have to wait until Q3 2011. So while you wait, be on the lookout for VMTurbo and Riverbed, which have been making moves in virtualization optimization through at-a-glance asset discovery and network optimization solutions, respectively.