Avaya introduces compact ethernet switches for SMEs

Avaya_Ethernet_Routing_Switch_ERS_3500TNBusiness collaboration and communications solutions provider Avaya has unveiled the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 3500, a new series of compact ethernet switches designed exclusively for SMEs.

Business collaboration and communications solutions provider Avaya has unveiled the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 3500, a new series of compact ethernet switches designed exclusively for SMEs, remote branches, and open environments such as classrooms and hospitality suites.

The ERS 3500 Series consists of six Fast and Gigabit Ethernet switches available in 10‑ and 24-port configurations. Customers can choose models with enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE+) to future-proof their networks and power advanced IP phones, wireless access points and video surveillance cameras. Fanless switches are also available for noise sensitive environments, such as classrooms or hospitality suites, where silent operation is required.

Avaya claims its ERS 3500 provides enterprise-class functionality and features while simplifying network operations for small locations and offers:

  • True plug and play functionality for IP phones – operational in under a minute when connected to the Avaya ERS 3500.
  • Automated set-up with Avaya IP Office – one simple command will automatically provision the switch and enable all IP phones on an Avaya IP Office system.
  • Intuitive tools for managing, troubleshooting and operating devices, including web-based GUI management, comprehensive centralised management, and configuration tools for large branch office deployments.

“The Avaya ERS 3500 series is the perfect family of switches for small locations,” says Avaya Networking senior vice president and general manager, Marc Randall. “It provides the features and capabilities that enterprises expect at a price suited for the small and midsize market. We’ve designed the ERS 3500 to work seamlessly with Avaya IP Office, simplifying deployment with our flagship collaboration solution for SMEs so that businesses can be more productive, faster.”

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Customers can purchase the 24-port models of the Avaya ERS 3500 with an eye to the future, starting small and investing in additional capacity as their business grows. Avaya’s Stackable Chassis Architecture will be enabled on these models in a future software release, offering customers the ability to stack up to eight ERS 3500 units for enhanced network availability, simplified management and up to 80Gbps of virtual backplane capacity.

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