Unified Edge Fabric enhances enterprise mobility, BYOD support.

Press Release Summary:

Bringing mobile application delivery support to edge networking, OneFabric(TM) Edge architecture unifies wired/wireless networks and delivers end-to-end network view. Enterprises can predictably deliver applications to mobile users at any scale, with standard policy, network access, and intrusion prevention features. Wireless Services Engine, virtualized WLAN controller for application services, provides virtual platform for controller functionality, security, and management services.

Original Press Release:

Enterasys Introduces Unified Edge Fabric for Enterprise Mobility

OneFabric(TM) Edge is industry's first architecture for Seamless Application Delivery on Wired and Wireless Networks

ANDOVER, Mass. -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, today announced its OneFabric Edge architecture, a purpose-built architecture for edge networking to support mobile application delivery. Built on the recently announced OneFabric architecture, OneFabric Edge unifies wired and wireless networks, enabling enterprises to predictably deliver high quality applications to mobile users at any scale, supporting "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) initiatives.

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This new innovative network architecture delivers an exceptional user experience with consistent performance and enhanced security for business-critical applications, all managed from a single pane of glass. OneFabric Edge provides customers with the benefits of an end-to-end holistic view of the network, at least 30 percent lower total cost of ownership, at least 75 percent lower full-time equivalent (FTE) requirement to manage, and guaranteed application SLA management across wired and wireless networks.

As part of the new OneFabric Edge solution, Enterasys is introducing a new Wireless Services Engine (WiSE) - the industry's first virtualized WLAN controller for application services, providing an integrated virtual platform for controller functionality, security and management services. With the addition of WiSE to the Enterasys Wireless product line, customers now have greater flexibility for deploying edge access including virtual, physical and cloud controller options. Enterasys is also introducing the new K-Series modular switch, the first flow-based switching solution in the industry to provide high-end application-aware capabilities at an entry-level price.

"With the explosion in demand for wireless access, we know how integral it has become to every workflow within the organization. In fact, WLAN capabilities are now a top dependency for acquiring new employees for many businesses, with some analysts predicting 75 percent of the workforce will be mobile by 2013," said Chris Crowell, president and CEO of Enterasys Networks. "Now with Enterasys OneFabric Edge, end users can consolidate wired and wireless security and management capabilities into a single virtual platform, providing improved simplicity, lower costs, easier deployment, and improved mission-critical reliability. Furthermore, the architecture is extensible to support a broad range of applications, enabling the WLAN infrastructure to integrate with application services platforms."

OneFabric Edge allows customers to extend their current data center virtualization investment to the wired and wireless edge, while reliably and securely delivering a best-in-class user experience to mobile users. IT is enabled with improved visibility and control to provision applications from virtual servers to mobile devices for cloud computing and data center environments. OneFabric Edge offers integration with third-party vendors for investment preservation while maintaining an intuitive holistic view of the new unified edge.

OneFabric Edge includes:

-- End-to-end mission critical wired/wireless networking: Provides a single architecture that allows WLAN to fit into the wired environment seamlessly.
-- Integrated security and management: Comprehensive policy, network access, predictive management, and intrusion prevention features.
-- Application-aware capabilities: Aligns server application capacity with consumption and provides predictive SLA management.
-- WiSE:The industry's first virtualized controller for application services. WiSE provides an integrated virtual platform for controller functionality, security and management services.
-- Enterasys K-Series: Designed to address the challenges associated with a growing demand for access to new applications and services, the K-Series provides visibility into business traffic and supports evolving operational needs, including the consumerization of IT and BYOD programs that require more robust location, identification, visibility and overall management capabilities.

As part of the OneFabric Edge launch, the new K-Series and rest of the edge wired and wireless networking products carry a best-in-class lifetime warranty, a testament to Enterasys innovation, product reliability and commitment to lower TCO to the enterprise customers. All products are currently available.

Supporting Quotes"The Enterasys OneFabric Edge solution has enabled us to greatly improve the clinical workflow process. With the Enterasys Wireless and BYOD solution, our doctors can use their own devices to securely access their office EMR and MEDITECH. We also have complete visibility across both the wired and wireless network and are able to seamlessly introduce new applications, processes and devices, such as Ascom Wi-Fi phones, in no time. And Enterasys technical support has been extremely responsive and knowledgeable from initial implementation all the way through the network migration over the past two years." - Bill Byers, CIO, Western Maryland Health System

"We recently needed to upgrade our network in order to provide our residence halls with a Gigabit network that could support our students' existing and future wireless bandwidth needs. Previously, we were constantly writing custom code to solve network issues as a single device could interrupt connectivity for an entire building. With Enterasys OneFabric Edge, we've rolled out a solution that provides reliable connectivity and consistent performance, along with exceptional levels of automation and end-to-end visibility and control." - Aaron Howard, computer network systems manager for UNI

"Enterasys has been a great partner for us in delivering a complete and integrated wired and wireless portfolio through OneFabric Edge that goes beyond point products to truly deliver value for the customer. With Enterasys, I'm able to effectively solve the most pressing issues facing our customers to ensure they have the best user experience possible from any mobile device." - Chip Thompson, General Manager, LevelOne Technology

"Our research indicates that trends around mobility and BYOD continue to shape today's IT priorities and enterprises are struggling to manage complexity and deliver a high quality user experience. Architectures such as Enterasys OneFabric Edge are focused on unifying the access edge to simplify the burden placed upon IT and deliver consistent application services across wired and wireless." - Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC

"Delivering applications to mobile users at a large scale requires a fresh approach to architecting wired and wireless networks. Continuing to treat them as separate access networks doesn't make business sense as it significantly adds to complexity, high costs and an unpredictable mobile user experience," said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "Enterasys addresses this with an integrated architecture for unified wired/wireless networking which simplifies the access layer architecture and provides IT with granular controls to securely manage and deploy mission critical business applications and services for mobile users." - Jon Oltsik, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group


-- Enterasys OneFabric Edge webpage
-- Optimizing User Experience Requires an Enterprise-wide Network Fabric white paper
-- Enterasys Wireless solutions webpage
-- Enterasys on Twitter

About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise CommunicationsSiemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

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