Foundry also is targeting 802.11n wireless LANs for an Interop debut. The company is upgrading its IronPoint Mobility WLAN line with two new 11n access points, and two other access points that can be converted to 11n, unlocked by a software "key" when the customer deems the time is right. The new access points cost $1,595 and $1,795, and the upgradeable access points cost $1,245 and $1,495.
Foundry also is unveiling a new controller, the MC5000, that supports up to 1,000 access points and 10Gbps of switching capacity in a five-blade chassis. Fully loaded, the box has a list price of $31,095.
All products are available in June.
Nortel is rolling out a new switch to virtualize services provided by several devices, including firewalls, application switches and SSL acceleration appliances. The VSS 5000 switch consolidates and virtualizes these functions onto a single device, and then orchestrates and provisions services to different enterprise departments or workgroups.
Nortel also is adding a new release of software to its Enterprise Routing System 8600 core switch. The software, Release 5.0, extends virtual services for LAN and data centers across the enterprise campus or metro network. It provisions services to all environments as a Layer 3 VPN, using existing MPLS control plane RFCs, Nortel says.
A version supporting campus/metro Layer 2 VPNs, based on Provider Link State Bridging, is slated for next year, the company says.
VSS 5000 will be available in the fourth quarter, and Release 5.0 of the ERS 8600 will be available later this quarter.
Cisco, meanwhile, plans to deliver a keynote address on the role the data center plays in providing universal access to content from any device. The vendor will be making announcements around how customers can incorporate video into their communication and collaboration strategies, but revealed no details. The company also will demonstrate some of its latest collaboration products.
Also on the data center, Avocent will unveil a software plug-in that the company says will enable IT managers to better control power consumption and plan for future capacity in their data centers. The DSView 3 Power Manager enables data center managers to measure power consumption and energy usage of IT equipment in near real time.
DSView 3 Power Manager is slated for general availability this July, and pricing starts at just under $5,000.
-- Citrix announcing faster hardware that boosts the speed of its NetScaler platform's load-balancing and content-switching from 6GBps to more than 15GBps. The company says the new hardware also reduces the power consumption by 50 percent when compared to earlier models and measured in the cost per gigabyte of data per second. NetScaler MPX will be generally available at the end of April.