OmniSwitch 6250 Competitive Overview Bob Purvis August 2009
6250 Competitive Overview Criteria • 5 vendors were chosen for this competitive analysis • Cisco, D-link, Extreme, HP, Nortel • All analysis is based on datasheet, website, user guides information • Models chosen • Any fast ethernet product in vendor’s portfolio • Models can be standalone or stackable • Models can support either L2 alone or both L2\L3 • Pricing based on CDW listings • This equates to approximately a 3035% discount off of price list pricing • Power Consumptions • Based on all ports active @ 100 % full throughput • Vendor power based on datasheet data • Alcatel-Lucent Differentiators • See separate expanded “ALU differentiators” slide
Alcatel-Lucent Differentiators (expanded) • Two simple enterprise models to choose from vs many by the competitors: reduces sparing and inventory costs • Scalable and flexible 416 ports per stack using 24 port non-PoE and PoE models (384 FE ports, 32 GE in a 8U space) • Dedicated-Redundant 5-GigE full duplex stacking capability up to 16 systems (mixed models) • Supports basic routing (static and RIP routing) provided with base system and includes IPv6. Simplified offer - no separate L2 and L3 models. • Virtual chassis management forup to 16 units of mixed models managed via single IP address • Low power consumption for eco-sustainability (see competitive analysis presentation) • Optimized form factor and low noise output ideal for co-location environments • PoE support: 802.3af and 802.3at standard max of 30W per port, up to available power budget. • One SW level based on feature rich AOS operating system to meet the needs of any: small-medium enterprise edge or branch office enterprise workgroups • Limited Lifetime Hardware and Software Warranty included with the product.
Cisco CE-500 and 2960 families • Overview/Strengths: • Dominant market share • Two levels of SW: • Lan Lite (5 models), LAN Base (9 models) • L2 only for both software levels • Free SW updates via web • Free, easy config CNA management tool for SMB networks, single IP management up to 16 units • Supports 10/100 and triple speed models with same operating system • Industry standard CLI • Weaknesses: • 2960: Only L2, no dedicated stacking links • 14 family models at various pricing & feature level vs two OS6250 models • Throughput performance less than equivalent OS6250 models (24 port models) • No IPv6 support in base image, only IPv6 management • 802.1X multiple host: When a port is enabled for multiple users,and a host that is connected to that port is authorized successfully, any host (with any MAC address) isallowed to send and receive the traffic on that port • 802.1X multiple auth: No Guest VLAN and ports go into the port VLAN and will not go into a RADIUS-assigned VLAN
DLink 10/100 models • What – Managed 10/100 Fixed LAN Enterprise Switches • 10/100 standalone and stackable, low cost switches • Layer 2 data access switching, with security, performance, and resiliency • Models: DES-3000 (7 models), DES3200 (2 models), DES-3500 (3 models), DES-3800 (1 model) • Strengths: • Pricing • Stacking up to 16 or 32 units depending on xStack models • Lifetime warranty • Weaknesses: • 14 10/100 models with various pricing & feature sets vs two OS6250 models • L3 only on DES-3828P model, limited to 32 static routes • Limited IPv6 support across all model • LLDP, port binding, trunking, VLANs, supported only on specific models • DoS (called safeguard) only available on specific models • QOS: 4 or 8 queues only available on specific models • No dedicated high speed stacking ports. • Appears only stacking between same model
Extreme x150 and x250 families • What – x150 is an L2 Fixed FE Standalone Switch • x250 is an L3 Fixed FE Stackable Switch • Strengths: • x250 supports 10G stacking • Rich feature set with base purchase • Supports loadable software modules reduces downtime • Advanced L3 (OSPF, PIM, PBR) upgrade option • Full IPv6 support for management, switching and routing • Fiber model within the family • Weaknesses: • Many 10/100 models: 3 x150 models and 4 x250 models • x150 standalone: no stacking, layer 2 only • x150 and x250 models cannot be mixed • 8 K Mac Entries & 1 K ACL rules vs 16k Mac Entries & 2k ACL rules • Higher acoustic levels: 37dbA-45dbA vs 0dbA-<35dbA
HP ProCurve2500, 2510, 2610, 3500 families • What – Fast Ethernet Stackable Enterprise Switches • Low-cost 10/100 Ethernet switches for small to medium enterprises • Basic enterprise feature set • Secure, performance, advanced traffic monitoring and prioritization • ProCurve 3500 (New-July 1, 2009):Four 10/100 models (-24/48, -24/48-PoE) • Strengths: • Good market share due to pricing and free support offerings • Ability to manage a virtual stack of 16 units • Stacking supported across any ProCurve model • Free hardware return and software support for life of product. • IPv6 ready on 3500 family (only this model) • Large routing/MAC table on 3500 models • Advanced routing SW upgrade option on 3500 family • Improved web user authentication\server load balancing\IPv6 support\Web Management\QOS • Weaknesses: • 11 models (12 48 port models) various pricing to match the two OS6250 models • No IPv6 support • No-stack redundancy or dedicated stacking port • No all fiber model • Higher power consumption on most models, especially 3500 family! • Higher pricing on the more flexible 3500 family vs OmniSwitch
Nortel 2500 and 4500 families • What - Stackable Enterprise Edge Switches • 2500 – L2 - 10/100 models • 4500 – L2 - 10/100 models, mixed stackable with 4500 10/100/1000 models • Low cost with resiliency, security and convergence-readiness • Strengths: • Mixed 10/100 Fast Ethernet switches stackable (2500 family) • Mixed 10/100 and 10/100/1000 models stackable (4500 family) • Dedicated high speed stacking ports • Resilient stacking up to 8 units for each family • Weaknesses: • Limited to 8k MAC table per stack element • Limited QOS capability on 2500 family • 256 VLAN support • IPv6 management and VLAN only • Higher power consumption and acoustic levels
3COM/3HC – 3100 & 3600 families • What - Stackable Enterprise Edge Switches • S3100 – SI models, L2 - 10/100 models – 6 standalone, 3 stackable, base features - EI models, L2 – 10/100 models – 6 stackable, advanced features • S3600 – SI models, L2 - 10/100 models – 5 models, base features EI models, L3 – 10/100 models – 5 models, advanced features • S3610 – L3 - 10/100 models – 4 models, IPv6 - advanced routing features • Strengths: • Strong Asia Pac and EMEA presence, price aggressive • Very good power consumption and several “fan less” models • Mixed 10/100 Fast Ethernet switches stackable (2500 family) • 4 Gbps stacking using optional SFP modules • Resilient stacking up to 16 units for stackable models • Supports DC source power on PoE models • Weaknesses: • Complex product portfolio • 1 Gig stacking (SFP and cable order separately), no dedicated stacking ports • IPv6 only on 3610 model, IPv6 management only on other models • 256 MC groups on 3100/3600 models vs 1k on 6250 • Does not appear SI and EI models are stackable together.
Cisco ME3400 - Metro Ethernet Access Switches • What - Metro Ethernet Access Switches • Multi-service customer-located switches • Used for Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) "triple play" services and Ethernet-to-the-business (ETTB) VPN services • Strengths: • Dominate market share • Advanced feature set add-on capability • Industry standard CLI • Three levels of software (metrobase, metroaccess, metroipaccess): grow as you go “story” • Weaknesses: • No end-to-end managed solution • Higher pricing • Larger 19” rack footprint • Alcatel-Lucent Differentiators: • Less expensive and simple offering: 8 port model as advanced CPE and 24 port model as MTU • Best metro feature/price ratio: equivalent to metroaccess level at no extra cost • Stack two units in a 1U space: 48 ports per 1U rack space vs 24 ports • Full end-to-end manageable via 5620 SAM • Lower power consumption for eco-sustainability • Both 8M and 24M are fan less
Value PropositionsSoftware and Hardware Lifetime Warranty Support • Lifetime SW and HW support includes: • Technical support with Alcatel-Lucent Switch Certified personnel • Web and phone access to support services • Remote diagnostics • Operating system software Maintenance, Minor and Major releases • 5 day advanced replacement (AVR) Key Benefit: Lifetime Warranty eliminates service program costs and ongoing service renewals, lowering total cost of ownership and allowing customers to reach ROI targets more quickly. Other SLA service programs available in North America include: Support Plus – Next Day AVRSupport Total – Same Day AVR Notes: - Hardware limited lifetime Warranty does not cover transceivers.- For more information about the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6250 warranty, service and support programs, please visit: www.alcatel-lucent.com/support