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Enterasys Blades Add Security, Policy Routing to Switches

Enterasys Networks this week unveiled new blades for its Matrix N-Series flow switches that feature improved routing and security capabilities.

The new Diamond DFEs for the Enterasys Matrix N-Series give customers of Enterasys's older X-Pedition and SSR routers a platform to migrate to. The main difference between the Diamond DFEs and the previously available Gold and Platinum DFEs is increased routing and policy enforcement. Customers can mix Gold, Platinum and Diamond DFEs within the same N-Series chassis to customize the product to their specific switching and routing needs. This release also provides existing N-Series customers with more options, increasing the life and value of the product line.
Steven Schuchart Jr.
NWC Managing Technology Editor

The four new Diamond Distributed Forwarding Engines (DFEs), essentially new line cards, deliver high-density Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation. The blades' architecture guarantees that only authorized users access information resources and prevents intruders from taking advantage of vulnerabilities to tap into business assets. Additional security capabilities include the ability to safeguard the network from worms and other potentially harmful code and preventing the spread of malware by quarantining individual communications instead of simply isolating a virtual LAN port.

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