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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Networking Solutions for Medium to Large Enterprise

 

Challenges to Becoming a Next-Generation Organisation

Technology is essential for enterprises to be efficient and to differentiate in a dynamic and demanding market. Network infrastructure is the backbone that, if done correctly, enables the successful adoption of this technology. Corporations are adopting major trends, such as support for next-generation devices, mobility, BYOD, and the movement to the cloud. These trends are driving new demands on the network and creating increased complexity to existing network infrastructures.

The rapid growth of real-time applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video and collaboration suites, and their importance to organisations, push legacy networks to their limit with increasing demands for bandwidth and enhanced quality of service (QoS). Furthermore, a large number of new applications, both business and personal, are competing for available bandwidth. It is important to have visibility into the applications traversing the network and to provide mechanisms to prioritise business-critical applications.

Many new devices, such as smartphones, IP cameras, smart boards and feature-rich next-generation IP phones demand additional bandwidth that are above the limits of today’s networks. Many employees insist on using their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and need to connect them to corporate networks. This new use of personal devices, combined with the need to support mobility, not only creates an unpredictable bandwidth use but also increases security risks. This renders the standard practice of statically provisioning bandwidth priority ineffective. Since IT can no longer control all users’ devices, any tuning to improve application delivery must now be done in the network — preferably automatically.

Virtualisation today is no longer confined to the data centre, but extends throughout the network, all the way down to the desktop. Virtualised desktops conduct computing in the data centre rather than at the desktop, making a traffic stream for display information more sensitive to delays and network interruptions. It is imperative to have a converged network architected from the ground up to effectively meet the demands of new applications, devices, mobility and virtualization. Now is the time for enterprises to rethink their strategy of supporting increased bandwidth, higher wireless local area network (WLAN) utilisation, and better network performance overall. They must adopt a network infrastructure with a simplified architecture that optimises resource utilisation, provides a consistent quality of experience (QoE) for wired and wireless users and simplifies overall management.

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise LAN Infrastructure for Medium to Large Enterprises

OmniSwitch 6560 DataSheet

OmniSwitch 6560

With multi-gigabit ports for high-speed IEEE 802.11 ac devices, 10GigE uplinks and 20 GigE stacking, the OmniSwitch 6560 is the right solution for your next-generation network.

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6560 Stackable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet LAN value switch family is an industry leading campus access solution for enterprise networks. With multi-gigabit ports for high-speed IEEE 802.11 ac devices, 10GigE uplinks and 20 GigE stacking, the OmniSwitch 6560 is the right solution for your next generation network.

Offering a design optimized for flexibility and scalability as well as low power consumption, the OmniSwitch 6560 is an outstanding edge solution. It uses the field-proven Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS) to deliver highly available, secure, self-protective, easily managed and eco-friendly networks.

Key benefits

  • Connect the edges of small-to-mid-sized networks
  • Affordably bring branch offices and multiple campuses onto the same network
  • Future-proof the network with gigabit speeds and PoE support
  • 24-port and 48-port, Power over Ethernet (PoE), non-PoE for fixed small form factor pluggable (SFP+) 10-G-ready interfaces
  • Support for 10 GigE stacking or 20 GigE stacking
  • Support for IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.3at and IEEE802.3bt compliant PoE
  • Internal modular AC redundant power supplies

OmniSwitch 6860E Stackable LAN Switch DataSheet

OmniSwitch 6860(E) Stackable LAN Switch

Designed for the most demanding converged networks: high-density, Unified Access switches with Smart Analytics in a compact form factor.

These compact, high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 10 GigE platforms are designed for the most demanding converged networks. With advanced Unified Access features, Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6860 and 6860E switches allow users to experience a truly application fluent network. You can monitor and control the applications running in your network with their industry-leading hardware-assisted Deep Packet Inspection capabilities.

Offering comprehensive security features, they are well-equipped to secure the network edge. These high performance, versatile LAN switches can be positioned at the edge of mid- to large-sized converged enterprise networks, at the aggregation layer, in a small enterprise network core, or in the data center for GigE server connectivity and SDN applications.

  • Up to eight switches can be connected using Virtual Chassis technology
  • IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at compliant PoE of 30W per port on all ports
  • The enhanced models support up to 60W of PoE per port on four ports
  • QoS, ACLs, Layer-2/Layer-3 switching, VLAN stacking and IPv6
  • SDN-ready: Supporting programmable AOS RESTful APIs, OpenFlow and OpenStack allow the creation of specialized services
  • Supports SPB-M for bridging and routed services, MVRP and dynamic VNP and VRF
OmniSwitch 6900 Stackable LAN Switch DataSheet

OmniSwitch 6900 Stackable LAN Switch

This top-of-rack LAN and data center switch is compact and high-density, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 40 GigE options.

Designed for the most demanding software-defined operations, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900 offers high performance and extremely low latency. Its stackable, modular design keeps your footprint small – and your management simple, because you can run multiple switches as one.

These secure, compact, high density 10 and 40 GigE platforms are also designed to be flexible. You can position them as converged top-of-rack spine switches in your data center, or as core and aggregation devices in your campus network.

  • Advanced L3 routing: VRF, Multicast, IPv4 and IPv6
  • Data center deployment with Lossless Ethernet, FC connectivity, and VXLAN gateway in the hardware
  • SDN programmable through OpenFlow, OpenStack, RESTful API, Python
  • Zero-touch provisioning and network automation works with any network device that supports widely used standard protocols
  • Universal Network Profiles and Orchestrated Policy based VM movement
  • Automatic Fabric creation, Virtual chassis, SPB-M, IP routing protocols

 

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure for Medium to Large Enterprises

OmniAccess Stellar WLAN Solution Sheet

OmniAccess Stellar AP1220 Series

A mid-end 802.11ac Wave 2 AP for medium and large deployments; this indoor Wi-Fi access point provides high throughput and a seamless user experience.

The high-performance 802.11ac AP1220 series supports a maximum concurrent data rate of 2.1 Gb/s (1733 Mb/s in 5 GHz and 400 Mb/s in 2.4 GHz), 160 MHz channels (VHT160), multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) and four spatial streams (4SS). They provide simultaneous multicast data transmission to multiple devices, maximizing data throughput and improving network efficiency.

Featuring enhanced WLAN technology with RF Radio Dynamic Adjustment, a distributed control Wi-Fi architecture, secure network admission control with unified access, built in application intelligence and analytics, making it ideal for enterprises of all sizes demanding a simple, secure and scalable wireless solution.

  • OmniVista 2500 managed deployment embeds a visionary controllerless architecture, providing user-friendly workflows for unified access plus an integrated unified policy authentication manager
  • RF management: Radio Dynamic Adjustment (RDA) technology automatically assigns channels and power settings, provides DFS/TPC, and ensures that access points stay clear of all radio frequency interference (RFI) sources to deliver reliable, high-performance wireless LANs
  • Broad selection of antennas, delivering optimal coverage for a variety of deployment scenarios
  • Supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Support for up to 512 Access Points when managed by OmniVista 2500; no limit on the number of AP groups
  • Up to 64 APs per web-managed (HTTP/ HTTPS) cluster
  • Zero-touch provisioning (ZTP)

OmniAccess Stellar WLAN Solution Sheet

 

OmniAccess Stellar AP1230 Series

Indoor ultra-high performance 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points for high density deployments.

Multifunctional Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Stellar AP1230 series access points are high end, multi-gig Ethernet 802.11ac Wave 2 APs for high density and key IT applications in large deployments. OmniAccess Stellar AP1230 series indoor Wi-Fi access points provide high throughput and a seamless user experience.

The high-performance 802.11ac AP1230 series features enhanced WLAN technology with RF Radio Dynamic Adjustment, a distributed control Wi-Fi architecture, secure network admission control with unified access, built-in application intelligence and analytics, making it ideal for enterprises of all sizes demanding a simple, secure and scalable wireless solution.

  • OmniVista 2500 managed deployment embeds a visionary controllerless architecture, providing user-friendly workflows for unified access plus an integrated unified policy authentication manager
  • RF management: Radio Dynamic Adjustment (RDA) technology automatically assigns channels and power settings, provides DFS/TPC, and ensures that access points stay clear of all radio frequency interference (RFI) sources to deliver reliable, high-performance wireless LANs
  • Supports a maximum concurrent data rate of 4.266 Gb/s (dual 1733 Mb/s in 5 GHz and 800 Mb/s in 2.4 GHz)
  • Broad selection of antennas, delivering optimal coverage for a variety of deployment scenarios
  • Supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Support for up to 512 associated client devices when managed by OmniVista 2500; no limit on the number of AP groups
  • Up to 64 APs per web-managed (HTTP/ HTTPS) cluster
  • Zero-touch provisioning (ZTP)

 

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System

 

Get cohesive management and network-wide visibility with a full set of tools for converged campus networks and data centers.

With this comprehensive and powerful network management tool, you’ll benefit from a full set of components for infrastructure and device configuration, monitoring, backup, scheduling, security, alerts, quarantine, troubleshooting, downtime resolution, and overall management.

Along with making day-to-day network operations more efficient, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 2500 Network Management System (NMS) provides all the network management tools and reports you need to track and achieve your business goals.

  • Monitor and manage your end-to-end physical and virtual network from a web-based user interface
  • Tailor the interface to feature your most-used or critical management functions
  • Automatically generate reports on application bandwidth, network traffic and more

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System DataSheet

 

Flip the cost of network infrastructure from CAPEX to OPEX with Network on Demand

As well as the traditional up-front CAPEX model of paying for your network infrastructure, ALE also offers Network on Demand (NoD). Network on Demand provides infrastructure as a service, which is an economical alternative to traditional network infrastructures. Here, network infrastructure is provided on a pay-as-you-go basis, meaning the company pays only for actual usage of the network components.

This applies both to the number of network ports used, and the periods of usage. Using sophisticated management tools, ALE can track the usage of network components as far down as individual network ports. Billing is on a per-day basis corresponding to actual usage. NoD services are based on the field-proven hardware and software from ALE's network equipment portfolio. This equipment is serviced by experienced resellers and widely used by customers around the world.

Read more about Network on Demand here >>

 

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Networking Solutions for Small and Medium Business

Improving internal and external interactions are critical to delivering a better customer experience. Your data network is the critical foundation that supports your business communications and applications. Networking solutions for greater mobility - Keep your office connected. Faster speeds. Power over Ethernet. Wi-Fi everywhere. Security. IT simplicity. Low TCO.

20 million SMB workers use Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise solutions to deliver an unbeatable customer experience

What makes ALE solutions for SMBs highly reliable?

ALE can provide an end-to-end solution from the ground to the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility or integration problems. The entire solution is fully lab-tested and validated: LAN switches, WLAN access points, business phones and handsets as well as collaboration applications work together perfectly from day one.

Network Infrastructure for SMB

SMBs need simple, affordable and smart network infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise addresses this market with a comprehensive solution for both wired (LAN) and wireless (Wi-Fi) networking. The ALE network solution for SMBs includes high-performance fixed Gigabit Ethernet switches, as well as Wi-Fi equipment based on the latest 802.11 ac wave 2, enabling high-speed wired and wireless networking, providing a solid foundation to support your business communications and applications.

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise LAN Infrastructure for SMB

OmniSwitch 2220 WebSmart Switches DataSheet

OmniSwitch 2220 WebSmart Switches

Gigabit WebSmart family of switches provide a simple, secure, and smart business network at affordable prices.

With Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 2220 Gigabit WebSmart family of switches, you can achieve reliable business class network performance and security without paying for advanced network management features. These switches are a lower-priced alternative to managed switches for wired connectivity while maintaining performance, Quality of Service (QoS) and scalability using a simplified web management interface.

  • The OmniSwitch 2220 switches are designed to be easy to deploy and used by small and medium sized businesses
  • Provides high availability and performance for both wired and 802.11ac wireless deployments.
  • Configurable access control lists (ACLs) and 802.1x portbased and RADIUS server access security.
  • Includes QoS features to prioritize delay-sensitive services

OmniSwitch 6350 Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch family DataSheet

OmniSwitch 6350 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switches

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6350 Gigabit Ethernet switch offers versatile 10/24/48-port fixed configurations.

  • A Gigabit Ethernet chassis in a 1U form factor
  • 10-, 24- or 48-PoE/PoE+auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Base-T ports
  • Four fixed SFP 1G uplink ports (two SFP ports on the OmniSwitch 6350-10/P10)
  • Fanless OmniSwitch 6350-10,-P10 and -24 switches ensure quiet operation

These switches have low power consumption for reduced operating expenses and faster return on investment (ROI).

  • Offers excellent investment protection and flexibility with easy deployment, operation, and maintenance
  • Provides outstanding performance, supports real-time voice, data, and video applications
  • Ensures that efficient power management reduces operating expenses (OPEX) and lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) through low power consumption and dynamic PoE allocation by delivering only the power needed to the attached device
  • Supports cost-effective installation and deployment with automated switch setup
  • and configuration, as well as end-to-end virtual LAN (VLAN) provisioning

OmniSwitch 6450 Stackable Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch Datasheet

OmniSwitch 6450 Stackable Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch

An easy-to-manage edge solution for highly available, secure and eco-friendly campus networks running many devices.

With an optimized design for flexibility and scalability as well as low power consumption, our OmniSwitch 6450 Stackable Gigabit and Fast Ethernet LAN Switches provide an edge solution enabling networks for Service Providers and campuses alike. They fully secure your network at the edge, with no additional cost or hardware.

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6450 family leverages the latest vLAN and SDN technology, AOS innovations, and offers maximum investment protection to support your network's growth into the future.

  • 10-port, 24-port and 48-port, Power over Ethernet (PoE), non-PoE, and 24-port fiber models
  • Two fixed small form factor pluggable (SFP+) 10-G interfaces ("X" models) and 10G-ready interfaces ("non-X" models) for 24/48 port models
  • High availability with virtual chassis concept, redundant stacking links, primary/secondary unit failover, hot-swappable power options, configuration rollback
  • Enhanced Voice over IP (VoIP) and video performance with policy-based QoS

 

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure for SMB

OmniAccess Stellar WLAN Solution Sheet

OmniAccess Stellar AP1101

A multifunctional entry-level access point for medium density and small businesses.

OmniAccess Stellar AP1101 indoor Wi-Fi access points provide high throughput wireless connectivity, seamless user experience and simplified management required by small enterprise WLAN deployment. Featuring enhanced RF Radio Dynamic Adjustment™ (RDA) technology, AP-Group architecture design and user-role based management, OmniAccess Stellar AP1101 delivers plug-and-play WLAN deployment ideal for any small and medium business.

OmniAccess Stellar AP1101 is a dual-radio, 5 GHz 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz 802.11n 2x2 MIMO, indoor wireless access point. Powered by multi-core CPU processor, the OmniAccess Stellar AP1101 has fast encoding and decoding capability and provides reliable multiuser access. It supports up to 1.2Gbps wireless data rate and up to 64 simultaneous clients association.

  • Seamless roaming and Quality of Service for real-time applications
  • VoWLAN support with QoS for each application (Voice, Video, Collaboration, etc..)
  • Integrated simple guest management
  • Built-in customizable captive portal
  • Support of role-based management access (Admin, Viewer and Guest Manager)
  • Enhanced RF technology - Radio Dynamic Adjustment with DFS/TPC to deliver reliable, high-performance WLAN access

OmniAccess Stellar WLAN Solution Sheet

 

OmniAccess Stellar AP1201

An entry-level, small, low-powered, affordable 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.

The multifunctional Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess® Stellar AP1201 access point is an entry-level 802.11ac Wave 2 AP for small and large business deployments that demand a simple, secure and scalable wireless solution.

  • Managed by Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 2500 on-premises Network Management System and can be managed by Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista® Cirrus cloud platform
  • Secure web-managed (HTTPS) cluster deployment. Operates in cluster architecture by default
  • Integrated guest management via a built-in customizable captive portal that enables customers to offer unique guest access
  • OmniAccess Stellar AP is 802.11e (WMM) compliant, also providing marking for RTP/SRTP sessions which include Skype for Business, Google Hangout, and more
  • RF Management can be configured to provide part-time or dedicated air monitoring for spectrum analysis and wireless intrusion protection
  • Supports a maximum concurrent data rate of 1.2 Gb/s /s in 5 GHz and 400 Mb/s in 2.4 GHz), 80 MHz channels (VHT80), multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) and two spatial streams (2SS)

 

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System

 

Get cohesive management and network-wide visibility with a full set of tools for converged campus networks and data centers as well as smaller networks. OmniVista 2500 is free for up to 10 devices (switches and APs), making it ideal for small to medium businesses.

With this comprehensive and powerful network management tool, you’ll benefit from a full set of components for infrastructure and device configuration, monitoring, backup, scheduling, security, alerts, quarantine, troubleshooting, downtime resolution, and overall management.

Along with making day-to-day network operations more efficient, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 2500 Network Management System (NMS) provides all the network management tools and reports you need to track and achieve your business goals.

  • Monitor and manage your end-to-end physical and virtual network from a web-based user interface
  • Tailor the interface to feature your most-used or critical management functions
  • Automatically generate reports on application bandwidth, network traffic and more

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System DataSheet

Flip the cost of network infrastructure from CAPEX to OPEX with Network on Demand

As well as the traditional up-front CAPEX model of paying for your network infrastructure, ALE also offers Network on Demand (NoD). Network on Demand provides infrastructure as a service, which is an economical alternative to traditional network infrastructures. Here, network infrastructure is provided on a pay-as-you-go basis, meaning the company pays only for actual usage of the network components.

This applies both to the number of network ports used, and the periods of usage. Using sophisticated management tools, ALE can track the usage of network components as far down as individual network ports. Billing is on a per-day basis corresponding to actual usage. NoD services are based on the field-proven hardware and software from ALE's network equipment portfolio. This equipment is serviced by experienced resellers and widely used by customers around the world.

Read more about Network on Demand here >>

 

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Core Switching Solutions

 

Yesterday's network architectures aren't equipped to support today's user needs - or new technologies. The corporate Data Centre (DC) as we know it must evolve.

Traditional networks suffer poor performance and slow speeds because they were never designed to handle such a high volume of traffic. Virtualisation, real-time applications and mobile devices all put tremendous pressure on today’s data centres - and that pressure isn't reduced by throwing more bandwidth at the problem.

 

It's about rethinking core network infrastructure design, from the ground up.

  • Meet and exceed the demands of bandwidth-hungry applications on your network infrastructure
  • Dynamically adjust application traffic flow and follow VM movement within or between data centre sites
  • Automate processes and apply policies for the best user experience with minimum manual intervention
  • Prepare for the future with modular, mesh and cloud options - with no lock-in to a specific vendor

 

A network that's ready for the future of your business

To balance cost with performance and scalability, your next DC model must be application fluent and automated. Automation at the network control layer eliminates latency and optimises application delivery. An application fluent network understands the unique requirements of each application, user, device and context to automatically adapt the network and ensure the best performance.

The data dentre can become your enterprise cloud: For larger enterprises, application fluency enables the corporate data centre to become a multi-site private cloud by extending layer-2 connectivity between multiple data centre sites. Hybrid cloud models are also supported, so public cloud-based services can be seamlessly delivered on the corporate network.

For smaller networks – no chassis required: Advanced mesh architecture allows top-of-rack switches to be directly connected, so you can benefit from a full-featured fabric with built-in automated virtual machine mobility. The mesh is less complex, highly scalable and delivers unmatched performance at a fraction of the cost.

 

Here's why our customers choose Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Application-Fluent Networks

  • Meet the needs of virtualised applications and deliver a high-quality user experience with market-leading low latency.
  • Optimise server utilisation more rapidly and with fewer errors via automated VM movement.
  • Speed and simplify application deployment and disaster recovery with automation.
  • Reduce CAPEX and OPEX spend with a high-density, low-power-consuming network fabric.
  • Streamline IT operations through automation and integration with standard hypervisors.

 

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Core Switches

Alcatel Lucent Enterprise can provide a range of high-capacity, fixed and modular chassis LAN switches that are proven in a variety of environments from enterprises, to service providers and data centres.

ALE Data Centre Switching Solution Brochure

OmniSwitch 6900 Stackable LAN Switch DataSheet

OmniSwitch 6900 Stackable LAN Switch

This top-of-rack LAN and data centre switch is compact and high-density, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 40 GigE options.

Designed for the most demanding software-defined operations, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900 offers high performance and extremely low latency. Its stackable, modular design keeps your footprint small – and your management simple, because you can run multiple switches as one.

These secure, compact, high density 10 and 40 GigE platforms are also designed to be flexible. You can position them as converged top-of-rack spine switches in your data centre, or as core and aggregation devices in your campus network.

  • Advanced L3 routing: VRF, Multicast, IPv4 and IPv6
  • Data centre deployment with Lossless Ethernet, FC connectivity, and VXLAN gateway in the hardware
  • SDN programmable through OpenFlow, OpenStack, RESTful API, Python
  • Zero-touch provisioning and network automation works with any network device that supports widely used standard protocols
  • Universal Network Profiles and Orchestrated Policy based VM movement
  • Automatic Fabric creation, Virtual chassis, SPB-M, IP routing protocols

OmniSwitch 9000E Chassis LAN Switch - DataSheet

OmniSwitch 9000E Chassis LAN Switch

High-capacity 1GE and 10GE chassis LAN switches that provide secure, high-availability core switching for large enterprise, campus and metro Ethernet networks.

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 9000E switches offer secure, high capacity aggregation and core switching. They were designed for deployments requiring high capacity, scalability and virtualization. Smart continuous switching for non-stop operation in redundant systems, together with in-service software upgrades mean your network is always available.

  • Wire-rate processing for simultaneous Layer 2/IPv4/IPv6 traffic (unicast and multicast)
  • High density with GigE (up to 384 ports) and 10GigE (up to 192 ports)
  • Up to 64,000 media access control (MAC) addresses per chassis, up to 4,094 VLAN IDs
  • Layer 2 deployment using stacked virtual LANs (VLANs), including operations, administration and maintenance (OA&M) toolbox and multicast support
  • Layer 3 deployment using multiple virtual routing and forwarding (VRF)
  • Enhanced VoIP and video performance with policy-based QoS, future-ready support for multimedia applications with wire-rate multicast, and IEEE 802.3at PoE+ support for IP phones, WLAN Access points and video cameras

OmniSwitch 9900 Modular LAN Chassis DataSheet

OmniSwitch 9900 Modular LAN Chassis

An SDN-ready, high-capacity modular Ethernet LAN switch that's field-proven in enterprise, service provider and data centre environments.

Here's a switch that's leading the pack. A high density, multi-Terabit modular platform offering linear scaling, excellent redundancy, resiliency and high availability. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 9900 series modular LAN chassis platform is ideally suited for enterprise core, aggregation and edge environments. Its resilient platform architecture provides control plane and data plane redundancy together with unparalleled scalability to meet demanding resiliency and throughput requirements for evolving enterprises of all sizes.

The OmniSwitch 9900 series offers a broad range of modules supporting 1 GigE, 2.5 GigE, 10 GigE,  40 GigE and 100 GigE ports in an 11-RU chassis form factor, and it offers highest 1 GigE/10GigE port density in its class.  The 40  GigE ports can work in 4x10 GigE mode, and the 100 GigE ports can work in 4x25 GigE mode.

  • Modular slots offer versatility in terms of 100 GigE QSFP28, 40 GigE QSFP+, 10 GigE SFP+, 10 G Base-T and 10/100/1000 Base-T ports. Each  QSFP28 port is capable of operating as 100 GigE or 4x25 GigE. Each QSFP+ port is capable of operating as 40 GigE or 4x10 GigE. 
  • Multi-Gigabit module provides for 1/2.5/5/10G Base-T ports
  • Up to two switches can be connected using virtual chassis technology to create a single chassis-like entity with up to 480 10 GigE ports and 480 GigE ports
  • Scalable network virtualization architecture with Auto-Fabric IP routing for routed backbone and access provisioning, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) for bridging and routed services, Edge Virtual Bridging (EVB), Multiple VLAN Registration Protocol (MVRP) and dynamic Virtual Network Profiles (vNP)
  • Zero-touch provisioning and network automation with out-of-the-box plug-and-play Auto-Fabric for automatic protocol and topology discovery. Auto-Fabric operation extends to IP routing protocol provisioning and IP onboarding

 

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System

 

Get cohesive management and network-wide visibility with a full set of tools for converged campus networks and data centres.

With this comprehensive and powerful network management tool, you’ll benefit from a full set of components for infrastructure and device configuration, monitoring, backup, scheduling, security, alerts, quarantine, troubleshooting, downtime resolution, and overall management.

Along with making day-to-day network operations more efficient, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 2500 Network Management System (NMS) provides all the network management tools and reports you need to track and achieve your business goals.

  • Monitor and manage your end-to-end physical and virtual network from a web-based user interface
  • Tailor the interface to feature your most-used or critical management functions
  • Automatically generate reports on application bandwidth, network traffic and more

OmniVista 2500 Network Management System DataSheet

 

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Sales Executive

 

The Company:

Sol Distribution is a well-respected, UK-based, value-added distributor of IT hardware, specialising in networking products and their associated services. We are interested in talking to suitably qualified and experienced sales people to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans.

 

The Role:

We are currently seeking experienced sales professionals with a solid track record within outbound business to business telesales. The ideal candidate must be an excellent communicator and have superior people skills. You must be comfortable presenting products, and/or services over the telephone. Knowledge of networking and IT would be an advantage.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Make outbound calls to prospective customers
  • Work to daily / weekly targets
  • Make outbound business to business calls
  • Book meetings and demonstrations for the account managers
  • Follow up leads from marketing campaigns
  • Explain and promote the relevant product to prospective clients
  • Assist account managers to achieve their sales targets, and with all aspects of sales
  • Maintain and update customer database
  • Associated admin duties

This list of responsibilities and duties is not exhaustive and the Company will expect you to perform other duties relevant to the job function.

 

Essential Skills:

  • Be Professional at all times when representing the company
  • Able to identify, generate and close new business
  • Highly pro-active
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Be driven, determined and self-motivated
  • Be accountable for everything you do
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills and telephone manner
  • Flexible approach to meet business requirements

 

Technical Skills:

The applicant must be computer literate, and able to use Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel).

 

Experience:

Minimum 12 months telesales experience preferably in B2B. Experience of working in the IT industry would be a definite advantage.

 

Salary & Benefits

The hours of work are Monday to Friday 9am- 5.30pm. This role requires an immediate start carries a salary of £15,000 - £22,000 per annum dependent on experience + excellent OTE. This role will be based in our head office in Oswestry, Shropshire, so candidates must live within commutable distance. There are excellent promotion prospects for successful individuals.

Please send your CV for the attention of Graeme Sutton by clicking here.

Account Manager, B2B IT Channel Sales

 

Job description:

Sol Distribution is interested in talking to an experienced and suitably qualified sales person to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans. Ideally, you will have a background in IT Channel Sales, in particular networking infrastructure, and be looking to use your experience to make a significant contribution in a dynamic and friendly environment.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 3+ years’ corporate IT Sales experience with a history of working within a target driven environment and a proven track record of meeting / exceeding targets. Strong exposure to creating and developing new client relationships is required along with a proven track record in new business sales success. The ideal candidate would be office-based, although the nature of the role will require a lot of time in the field. Remote working would be considered for the right applicant.

Previous knowledge or experience of our vendor portfolio, though not necessary, would be an advantage, details of this can be found on our website at www.sol-distribution.co.uk

 

Key Skills:

  • A strong IT sales background, ideally coming from a IT Distributor/Reseller
  • Experience in developing new business opportunities with the ability build rapport at director-level
  • Ability to communicate effectively via phone, email and face-to-face
  • Ability to build a strong rapport and lasting relationships with existing channel partners in order to grow the account and increase revenues
  • Experience of meeting and exceeding targets
  • Accurate forecasting of anticipated sales and regular activity reporting
  • A professional attitude and ambition to succeed
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A flexible approach to meet business requirements

 

Responsibilities:

  • Attend face to face meetings with partners and their clients
  • Develop a strong knowledge of our solutions portfolio and be able to articulate their benefits to channel partners
  • Build a sustainable pipeline of both run-rate and larger, bid opportunities
  • Telephone prospecting and appointment setting, with participation in regular office-based call out days
  • Using the company’s CRM system to log activity and manage your schedule
  • Following up warm leads from marketing campaigns

 

Technical Skills:

  • The applicant must be computer literate, and able to use Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel), experience of using a CRM system would be an advantage.
  • Full UK Driving Licence is essential

 

Company Description:

Sol Distribution is a well-respected, UK-based, value-added distributor of IT hardware, specialising in networking infrastructure products and their associated services. The company’s sales office and warehouse is in Oswestry, Shropshire. You can find out more by visiting our website at www.sol-distribution.co.uk

 

Hours of Work:

Monday – Friday 9am to 5.30pm, 1 hour lunch, flexible hours available due to travel and commitments.

 

Salary:

Negotiable

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Through our sister company Sol IT Services, Sol Distribution enables it’s UK channel partners to offer their end-user customers a comprehensive, high quality and competitively priced portfolio of on-site services. These range from system design and installation before the hardware is installed, through to support and maintenance once it is in place.

We can provide a range of support services across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Our highly trained certified engineers guarantee a high quality of service, improving uptime, availability, and operational efficiency whilst reducing costs.

Our support ensures quality of service delivery, improved uptime and network availability, increased operational efficiency and reduced costs. Sol ITS can provide additional support and maintenance packages across all the technology platforms and vendors we supply, as well as a range of other major platforms, ensuring fast resolution time through on-site or field-based technical teams.

Our in-house marketing team can even brand these services so that they appear to be provided directly by you, meaning that you get all of the benefits of being able to offer a comprehensive range of support services without any of the costs and hassles of service provision.

Maintenance Services

All Sol IT services are delivered through a single-point-of-contact utilising the comprehensive range of skills and resources within a dedicated 24/7 technical assistance centre. From here all incidents are managed and dealt with in the most efficient manner. Our multi-vendor approach is delivered through a wide network of experienced field engineers and allows our channel partners to offer a more responsive and efficient support solution to their Customers.

The Maintenance Services we can offer include: 

  • UK, Ireland and mainland Europe coverage
  • A single point of contact for all related incidents
  • Networking devices & server support
  • Guaranteed responses and fixes within defined service level agreement
  • Access to 48 spares locations
  • A vast network of skilled field based engineers backed up by specialist consultants
  • 24/7 Service Desk and call logging facility
  • Service delivery management
  • Remote and onsite trouble shooting services

Installation Services

Sol IT Services can provide a dedicated installation team of highly qualified engineers, so whatever the requirement you can be sure that we have the coverage to assist with your network or server requirements. The support engineers we use are trained and certified by market leading hardware vendors as system engineers and will provide a full network installation service; they have the necessary knowledge and infrastructure for all types of system installation.

All work generated by our channel partners and technical staff is actively managed, so whatever the installation requirement you can be sure it is logged and tracked. If you require maintenance cover on equipment that is installed our technical staff will identify the spares requirement. We have access to an extensive spares inventory which ensures we can achieve the required fix times across all support contracts.

Service Desk

All our Support Services are backed by a 24/7 support desk. Managing service commitments and keeping your customer’s networks mobile is its core goal. Support today is more complex than it has ever been, technology is constantly advancing, the infrastructure is rapidly converging and the demands from your customers change as their businesses evolve. The service desk addresses the challenges of managing today’s complex service and support requirements. This means we can provide a comprehensive and scalable service management solution that is available to your customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.

IT Disposal

Sol IT Services can provide a disposal and recycling service designed to remove all of your redundant laptops, monitors, desktops, servers, storage units, telephone systems and all other types of networking equipment. This service ensures that all disposals are done in a safe, secure and environmentally sensitive way. All sensitive or secure items, such as hard drives, are disposed of on site in front of the customer, with certificates issued as proof of elimination, so you can be confident that all items leaving your site have been dealt with following the right procedures.

With the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive coming into force along with the Data Protection Act of 2000, and more recently the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sensitive information and computers must be disposed of in a secure manner. Failure to comply with these Regulations could result in fines or civil action against you and your company.

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Enterprise-wide mobile connectivity is no longer optional. It’s business critical. But that’s no excuse for it to be costly and complex.

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess® Stellar WLAN solution is built and designed using unique architecture automation and intelligence to make Wi-Fi a less demanding technology to configure and deploy.

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OmniAccess Stellar WLAN’s distributed intelligent architecture and native unified access offer the very best in performance, availability and QoS, while its smart analytics means applications are properly managed in the network starting from the air and do not waste any of your precious internet bandwidth.

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Data Centre Solutions

With the increase in the uptake of cloud computing, and the ever rising demand of high-bandwidth applications such as streaming video, the demand for more data centres looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Whether you are planning to build a new data centre or to upgrade an existing one, you need to be sure that every component meets your specification and is the right combination of quality and value. We work with a number of specialist networking vendors in the data centre space who have equipment in some of the largest and most critical facilities around the world. Below is a selection of our vendor partners and what they can offer.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Data Centre Switching & Management

Alcatel-Lucent helps enterprises address the challenges facing today’s data centre network while delivering a high-quality user experience for real-time applications, greater agility in deploying new applications, easy adaptation to existing virtualization infrastructures, seamless integration of public cloud services, and reduced data centre costs.

Alcatel-Lucent’s breakthrough solution starts with a unique blueprint for application fluent data centre switching. This blueprint brings together innovations that together create an extremely scalable, high-performance, resilient and real-time intelligence.

A Complete Solution for the Data Centre Network

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s complete solution for data centre networking includes the Pod/Mesh Technology, Programmability, WAN Connect and Management stacks, as well as Analytics as shown in Figure 4. The mesh, includes Alcatel-Lucent’s market leading OmniSwitch™ 10K Modular LAN Chassis, the OmniSwitch 6900 and the OmniSwitch 6860E. It can scale linearly, both in architecture and in pricing model, to connect from under 100 to over 10,000 servers. And it delivers all the new requirements of virtualized workloads:

  • Performance: Low latency, 10 and 40 GigE multipath connectivity
  • Automation: The network automatically adjusts as a virtual machine is moved within and between data centre sites
  • Scalability: Pay-as-you-grow business model and direct connect architecture, which enables cost-effective small to very large deployments with no rip and replace requirement
  • Converged Management: Visibility and performance tools that link application level views with network topology for improved troubleshooting capabilities enabled for SDN with a strong vision enabled by standards-based RESTful Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for participation in open SDN ecosystems
  • Storage Convergence: Enables storage model of choice for customers (iSCSI, FCoE, Fibre Channel)

The management stack includes the OmniVista 2500 NMS for full network management and OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) for fabric management. The Alcatel-Lucent solution also provides IP interconnect of data centre sites. The service routers provide MPLS connectivity allowing the seamless extension of Layer 2 domains between data centre sites.

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ADVA Optical Networking

Data Centre Interconnect & Out-of-Band Networking

 

Deliver a Cost Effective and Scalable Solution for Data Centre Interconnect

ADVA's optical transport Metro solutions are engineered to support the growing demand for data centre connectivity using fibre connections between facilities. These solutions are the optical transport foundation for some of the largest carrier neutral providers and data centres in the world. Offering the lowest power consumption and smallest footprint in the industry, these flexible optical platforms meet the needs of diverse applications and scale to offer the highest performance and most cost-effective approach to data centre interconnect.

 

Battling the Data Crunch

Today's data center interconnect (DCI) networks are reaching a critical juncture. The phenomenal growth in internet traffic combined with the fierce migration to cloud-based services is forcing a dramatic rethink of how data centers are connected. Current DCI networks are proving to be bottlenecks and severely limiting growth. For internet content providers (ICPs) and cloud service providers to continue meeting quality of experience expectations, they need to build optimized DCI infrastructures that are scalable, efficient and secure. They need to harness next-generation hyperscale DCI architectures and utilize automation to scale bandwidth and connect businesses in real time.

FSP 3000 Cloud Connect™

ADVA's FSP 3000 Cloud Connect™ connects data centers with compact, power-efficient, high-speed optical transport. With its native scalability, FSP 3000 CloudConnect™ is future-proof, whether deployed as self-build solution using dark fibre or by purchasing a managed service.

This DCI technology combines with ADVA FSP Network Hypervisor for automated service provisioning and activation. This leads to capacity on demand and optimised resource utilisation - critical for ICPs and cloud service providers looking to leverage real-time connectivity and their SDN architecture. With its native scalability, FSP 3000 CloudConnect™ is also future-proof, whether deployed as self-build solution using dark fibre or by purchasing a managed service. It comprises a family of service aggregation and transport components, including multiplexing transponders for aggregating a wide range of client services onto higher-rate optical lines.

FSP 3000 Cloud Connect Datasheet

ADVA LX Series Console Servers

Out-of-Band Networking

 

 

Improving network availability

Reliance on modern telecommunications networks is increasing every day. But many dangers exist that threaten network infrastructure, from fibre cuts, to temperature or moisture damage from harmful environmental conditions. What's more, today's networks face an unprecedented threat from malicious attacks. Network infrastructures composed of numerous types and classes of equipment, including switches, routers, storage devices and telephony equipment can be managed more effectively with an out-of-band networking solution.

 

Improving Efficiency, Reducing Costs, Increasing Network Up Time

Out-of-Band Networking solutions provide secure remote service port access, remote power management and environmental monitoring to devices in an organisation’s networks and infrastructures.  An Out-of-Band Networking (OOBN) solution nearly eliminates the need for physical presence at a device to correct problems or manage its everyday operation. This mode of unmanned operation is also commonly referred to as Remote Management or Lights Out Management.

 

Applications and Benefits

The value of Out-of-Band Networking solution can benefit organizations of any size and type.  Improvements in efficiency for small businesses, large enterprises, service providers and carriers can all be realized by implementing an Out-of-Band solution.  Any infrastructure comprised of numerous types and classes of equipment including switches, routers, storage devices, and telephony equipment can be managed more effectively with an Out-of-Band Networking solution.

 

Reducing Costs

Since Out-of-Band Networks can nearly eliminate the need for administrative personnel to be physically present at a device, personnel can be reduced and centralized, resulting in significant cost savings.  The cost of downtime is also reduced since devices can be brought back online quickly without the delays of dispatching personnel to device locations.  Vehicles, fuel, tools, and labor costs are all greatly reduced all while ensuring Service Level Agreement (SLA) exposure is reduced as well.

LX Series Datasheet

Viavi Solutions

Observer Gigastor

Data Centre Optimisation

As cloud providers build out their data center infrastructure, they will need to fully-validate service performance with an eye toward providing outstanding end-user experience, while achieving operational efficiency.

 

Rising Costs

As application complexity continues to increase, deployment model options (hybrid, co-located, and others) drive more potential variability in terms of latency, bandwidth, and underlying infrastructure support. As this occurs, providers must maintain outstanding service delivery, while minimizing the ongoing operational costs associated with running and managing IT resources. In-depth monitoring and inherent increased visibility can help to reduce these costs.

 

Proactive Monitoring

The core capabilities of the Viavi data centre optimisation solution address fundamental challenges, such as application complexity, security concerns, and issues unique to cloud providers. In-depth application awareness with detailed response times and deep packet inspection into application error, reason, and condition codes can help ensure higher levels of end-user satisfaction.

The Viavi data centre optimisation solution provides:

  • Outstanding VoIP and video intelligence with the most comprehensive vendor support
  • Back-in-time awareness with Observer GigaStor with added SNORT rule and signature detection via advanced filtering to strengthen real-time IT security measures
  • High-level dashboards with real-time and long-term reporting in an easy-to-use browser interface
  • Baselining to quickly visualize unusual behavior even within the most dynamic environments
  • Application dependency mapping to detect service bottlenecks and resolve the root-cause issue
  • Expert analytics aids teams in quantifying WAN connectivity issues, in particular in the ability to view TCP behavior and status
  • High-speed packet capture with support to 40G in a number of flexible form factors
  • Strong virtualization visibility with support for both server and network abstractions
  • The ability to poll underlying resources to measure the health of supporting infrastructure

Brochure: Viavi Observer Gigastor

 

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Optical transport networks are transitioning from static to dynamic architectures to enable more efficient traffic engineering for non-deterministic mobile, video and cloud service traffic patterns.

MRV’s OptiDriver platform enables a high-speed, intelligent network that is faster, more cost-effective and easier to manage for use in data centre interconnect applications, content delivery networks, large enterprise and carrier environments where flexibility, space and power are at a premium.

Designed from the ground up to reduce capital and operational expenses, and engineered to support the latest advances in optical technologies, OptiDriver empowers high-growth cloud connectivity with the industry’s leading 10Gbps, 100Gbps and future upgradeable 200Gbps densities. With a highly flexible pay-as-you-grow modular solution, network designers can use a single set of hardware across multiple applications. This capability reduces ordering complexity and results in an overall reduction in capital and operational expenses that serve data center interconnect applications in metro and regional networks.

  • Targets Data Center Interconnect, fiber optimization, high capacity transport, and dynamic & intelligent optical networks
  • Offers a flexible shelf architecture with highest 10G and 100G port density
  • Provides wide selection of chassis and modules sizes along with unsurpassed flexibility to fit any application
  • Provides built-in testing and diagnostics tools with CapEx and OpEx savings
  • Offers ultra-low latency for high-frequency trading and time critical applications
  • One of the highest power efficiency solutions for Data Center Interconnect applications
  • Pluggable optics provide flexibility

 

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Solutions for Transport

Transportation systems are evolving to meet the needs of a world on the move. From airplanes, high-speed trains to self-driving cars, the transportation industry is harnessing the power of IP connectivity and the Internet of Things. Sol Distribution can provide a number of different solutions for a variety of transportation  applications, and also has a network of resellers and systems integrators that can have a wealth of experience in the sector, and can assist in the implementation of transport-based networking solutions.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Hardened Ethernet & Management


 

Transportation Systems:

  • Often cover a wide geographic area within a metropolitan area or between different cities
  • Equipment installation locations can be by the roadside, in subway stations, or railroad stations
  • Increasing need to securely connect to devices in harsh environments requiring power (PoE)

Hardened Ethernet Edge Switches are a good fit for these installations due to their support for long haul fibre, gigabit speeds, fault recovery, PoE and advanced L2/L3 protocol support.

 

Value Proposition for Customers:

  • Unique mix of intelligent network components with ruggedised design
  • Wired and wireless connectivity for harsh environments like Transportation, Railroads, Highways, Utilities, and Vehicle communications
  • Differentiated feature set, e.g. SPB-M, High-power PoE and precision time protocol (PTP)
  • Resilient infrastructure with specialized capability to address customer specific needs
 
 

Presentation: ALE Solutions for Transportation

Ruggedised Switches, Access Points and Routers

OmniSwitch 6855 Series Hardened Switches

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch™ 6855 Ethernet Hardened LAN Switch models are industrial grade, managed, Gigabit Ethernet switches designed to operate reliably in harsh electrical and severe temperature environments.

This superior, rugged hardware design coupled with the widely deployed and field proven Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS), makes it ideal for the following:

  • Industrial and mission-critical applications - locations that require devices to operate at wider operating temperatures, have more stringent EMC/EMI requirements and have an optimized feature set for high security, reliability, performance and easy management.
  • Applications requiring Gigabit backbone connectivity - power utilities, transportation and traffic control systems, industrial factory floor installations, video surveillance systems and outdoor installations.
  • The target applications for these versatile LAN switches are power utilities, transportation and traffic control systems, industrial factory floor installations, video surveillance systems and outside installations, all requiring the benefits and performance of IP and Gigabit Ethernet.

 

OmniSwitch 6865 Series Hardened Switches

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6865®is a family of ruggedised, advanced Layer 3, scalable Ethernet switches, designed to operate reliably in the harshest industrial environments and severe temperatures.

OS6865 switches are rugged, high bandwidth switches that are ideal for industrial and mission-critical applications that require wider operating temperature ranges, stringent EMC/EMI requirements and an optimised feature set for high security, reliability, performance and easy management. These switches run on the widely deployed and field-proven Alcatel-Lucent Operating system offering SPB-M based VPNs and other advanced routing and switching capabilities.

The OS6865 series offers a unique mix of features to cater to the Hardened Ethernet applications HPoE for (75W PoE) for those power hungry devices on the access network, SPB-M for fast, cost-efficient roll-out of VPN services on the edge and a comprehensive suite of security features  to secure the network edge. These switches are easy to deploy with Alcatel Lucent’s award winning Intelligent-Fabric technology which offers out-of-the-box plug-and-play, Zero-touch provisioning and network automation. These switches are future ready with the HW designed to support IEEE 1588v2 PTP capabilities for timing requirements of industrial devices. The OS6865 family offers advanced system and network level resiliency features and convergence through standardised protocols.

These versatile industrial switches are ideal for deployment in transportation and traffic control systems, power utilities, video surveillance systems and outdoor installations.

News Story: How Alcatel Lucent Enterprise Helped Deliver Non-Stop Connectivity to Riders on the New York Subway

OmniAccess ESR Rugged Routers

Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 5725 Enterprise Services Routers (ESR) are highly intelligent industrial-grade routers that deliver secure and reliable broadband IP connectivity to vehicles, as well as SCADA telemetry and remote control networks. Their possible uses include vehicle connectivity, Smart Grid deployment, pipelines and other industrial environments.

Thanks to the integrated Ethernet switch, OmniAccess ESR routers are capable of serving a large number of intelligent electronic devices at the remote site without additional equipment.  They contain the full top-of-the-line routing and switching features of the rest of the OmniAccess ESR router line.

The router can guarantee optimum performance and maximum security in communications among multiple services in different IP networks. It multiplexes remote site communications using embedded cellular broadband or DSL links. Maximum reliability communication is guaranteed thanks to a full range of management, supervision and backup functions.

Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess ESR routers are equipped with the intelligence required for the efficient implementation of highly secured, scalable and permanently available communication services based on broadband links. Communications’ security is supported with state of the art low latency hardware encryption, and the most complete stack of VPN protocols and firewalling techniques.

 

OmniAccess 270 Series Outdoor Access Points

The innovative Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess® 270 series outdoor wireless access points (APs) are aesthetically designed to deliver gigabit Wi-Fi® performance to 802.11ac mobile devices under any weather conditions. The OmniAccess 270 series is also the only outdoor AP that enables 802.11n clients to operate three times faster at greater distances.

Datasheet: OmniAccess 270 Series Outdoor Access Points

Transition Networks

Industrial Switching & Media Conversion

In-Vehicle Deployment - Gigabit PoE+ Industrial Switches

Transition Networks understands that the utmost importance of ITS applications is to ensure that the safety and security of passengers and equipment are maintained, which extends to onboard vehicle applications. Transition Networks offers a Power-over-Ethernet Plus (PoE+) switch that utilizes vehicle power to enable onboard video security and wireless services. The industrial PoE+ switch is a High Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) device that complies with the IEEE802.3at standard, providing PoE over standard twisted pair cables in an Ethernet network. Operating from a wide-input power range of +12 to +48 VDC, the device was designed to provide communication services on-board vehicles, and its extended operating temperature range of -40 to +70 C allows the switch to be located outside of the environmentally conditioned passenger areas.

 

Traffic Control Signalling and Vehicle Detection – Managed Gigabit Industrial Switches

Traffic signal control systems are used to coordinate with the individual traffic signals that make up an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). These systems consist of traffic control signals, partnered with ground detection loops or other means of vehicle detection at intersections, and a robust communications network linking intersection controllers together, providing the ability to remotely manage and troubleshoot the traffic signal control system from a central location. Transition Networks’ hardened products are used to integrate the robust communications network and remote management system, which adhere to the Standard TCP/IP Ethernet protocol and run across the fibre-optic infrastructure.

 

Digital Signage and Traffic Notification - Gigabit Industrial Media Converters

Digital signage is an extension of the traffic control signalling and vehicle detection network, operating over the same mission-critical communication network and fibre-optic infrastructure to disseminate relevant driver information in order to reduce commute times and protect motorist safety.   The use of digital signage to notify drivers of accidents, emergencies, and commute times has become widespread throughout Intelligent Traffic Systems as it proves to be a concise and efficient communication tool. Transition Networks’ designs hardened devices with extended operating temperatures and small form factors designed for outdoor ITS applications.

 

Video Surveillance Network – Gigabit Industrial PoE+ Switches

Unlike traditional IP surveillance and property protection applications, video surveillance equipment within an Intelligent Transportation Systems is used to monitor the flow of traffic and to identify any accidents or traffic congestion on the road.  Due to the massive geographic coverage area, the harsh environmental exposure and the mission-critical nature of ITS surveillance networks, fibre-optics and hardened industrial rated equipment have become the choice for robust transportation systems. Transition Networks’ rugged PoE switches deliver the advanced Ethernet management, redundancy and network security features needed for ITS applications.

 

 

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Education is one of the cornerstones of our society. In order to prepare today’s students to become the employees and citizens of tomorrow’s technological world, they must have access to state-of-the-art technology in their educational institutions.

Information and communications technology (ICT) has transformed the way people work, learn and collaborate, so today’s educational campus networks must be robust enough and secure enough to enable today’s students to have access to the latest systems for  the current education system to remain relevant  to our rapidly evolving world.

Sol Distribution can provide a number of solutions which could benefit resellers with end users in the Education Sector:

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Secure and Converged Campus

With increased cuts to funding and budgets, educational institutions are faced with the challenge of balancing the need to control cost while attracting and retaining students/professors with next generation applications. By leveraging today’s communication networks, further and higher education institutions can improve the teaching and learning experience and boost staff and faculty productivity.

A converged network from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise combines voice, data and video on one single network. A secure and reliable backbone is created for new IP-based services, while leveraging the existing infrastructure and significantly reducing telecommunications expenses.

 

Features of Secure and Converged Campus Networks

  • Fixed or mobile network infrastructure: Implement a secure IP foundation that unites voice, video, data and mobility applications.
  • Network management: Use a centralized management system to monitor network activity, troubleshoot and maintain continuous communication across the network.
  • Secure network access: Provide full visibility and control of network activity, protection of network assets and critical data. Identify and contain threats by implementing role-based access.

 

Secure and Converged Campus Products

  • Data Networks: OmniSwitch Switching Products
  • WLAN: Alcatel-Lucent Wireless LAN
  • System Management: OmniVista , Air Manager
  • Voice/Collaboration: OmniPCX Enterprise, OpenTouch Business Edition, OpenTouch Multimedia Services, OpenTouch Customer Service, OpenTouch Conference, OpenTouch Session Border Controller


Case Study: ALE Education Success Stories Compilation

Brochure: ALE Converged Campus Network Solution

News Story: County’s biggest 4-year university expels Cisco, saves $100m

 

Network On Demand

One of the challenges of educational institutions is that their networks are not in full use all year round. Because of this education is a good fit for pay-per-use or subscription models that allow them to dial IT assets up and down as conditions change. Usage at schools and collages tends to drop dramatically on weekends and holidays, times when owning and operating private cloud hardware can represent an unnecessary financial drain.

These institutions require a LAN and Wi-Fi network infrastructure that provides access to applications, voice and video communications and more.  Yet the investment and operational effort required to keep these systems running all year round can make the investment impractical.

With Alcatel-Lucent Network on Demand service, education establishments can obtain their network infrastructure as a managed service and benefit from:

  • Paying only for what they use; no capital investment is required
  • Minimising paying for unused infrastructure during times of low network traffic
  • Refocussing IT staff on business applications and communications

Alcatel-Lucent Network on Demand service provides an on premises LAN backbone, LAN and Wi-Fi access as well as comprehensive management and reporting services. This service is available through the managed services offers of our resellers. Backed by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, these resellers deploy, integrate and operate the network infrastructure based on the desired service levels.

Brochure: ALE Network On Demand Customer Brochure

Transition Networks

Fibre to the Desk (FTTD)

Combining the ever-growing need for device bandwidth with the need for secure data sharing and it’s clear that Fibre-to-the-Desk (FTTD) is the solution to deliver both bandwidth and security all the way to the desk. Transition Networks offers solutions to integrate fibre into existing network infrastructure, or interface existing devices into a fibre network.

Fibre to the desktop is not only more secure than copper cabling; it can also generate higher signal quality while supporting higher speeds, and feature-rich applications. Transition Networks offers a complete portfolio of fibre network interface cards for PCs and laptops, as well as the  innovative Scorpion-USB™ fibre adapters.

Transition Networks fibre-to-the-desktop solutions, were utilised in a complete renovation of the LAN systems at the National University Corporation Gunma University’s Aramaki Campus. Read more below.

Case Study: Gunma University Fibre-to-the-Desk

White Paper: Transition Networks Fibre to the Desk Solutions

 

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Viavi Observer Gigastor

The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, Observer GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting, or for investigating possible security threats. Just hit rewind to go back in time and review past network activity. Navigate to the exact moment of the service anomaly to see detailed, packet-level views before, during, and after the occurrence.

Eliminate unnecessary finger pointing between IT teams with fast and accurate root cause identification. Speed resolution of any application, network, or UC issue, while using the security forensics capabilities of GigaStor to serve as the final arbiter on whether a breach has occurred and what resources have been compromised.

GigaStor and the Observer Platform family of products are ideally suited for satisfying business goals and overcoming challenges across the entire IT enterprise lifecycle whether deploying new technologies, managing current resources, solving service anomalies, or optimizing IT asset usage.

Examples include:

 

Deploy

  • Fine-Tuning of Deployments: Track critical KPIs that indicate user experience by highlighting the before/after relationship to resource settings goals.

 

Solve

  • Access and Performance: Detect anomalies using dashboards and workflows so the right team can be deployed.
  • Attack Remediation: Using packet-level detail, forensically reconstruct incident to identify who did what, when, and where.

GigaStor is the perfect solution for your network’s security, compliance, and troubleshooting needs. For gigabit to 40 Gb links with available storage capacity of more than a petabyte, easy-select form factors are designed to scale with your organization.

What advantages does GigaStor offer network and operations teams?

  • Fastest packet capture and write-to-storage in the industry offers the best back-in-time peace-of-mind
  • Anytime, anywhere packet intelligence with web-based capture extraction availability
  • Storage capacity of more than a petabyte of data
  • Exclusive Gen3 packet capture technology
  • AES-256 data-at-rest encryption
  • Integration with Hardware Security Modules (HSM)
  • Superior scalability
  • Advanced root-cause analysis
  • Tight platform integration
  • Portable and software-only options
  • Application-specific error monitoring
  • OSI Model Layer 2 to 4 expert analytics

 

 

Resources

Brochure: Viavi Observer Gigastor Brochure

Case Study: Leicestershire County Council

White Paper: Retrospective Network Analysis

News Story: Observer doubles down on capacity and ease of use

 

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MRV OptiPacket® Metro Service Edge Platform

Metro networks continue to expand and require intelligent high-density and capacity aggregation with focus on 10G and 100G packet switched services. This unique proposition opens new market segments in the Metro Service Edge that nables a broader solution to our customers needs while providing more strategic value with end-to-end solutions for smaller service providers and carriers.

OptiPacket upgrades our solution from the metro access market to the metro service edge market. Our strategy is to combine a broader metro solution that extends from OptiSwitch in the access domain to OptiPacket in the metro service aggregation domain to OptiDriver in the optical transport domain, all provisioned and manageable with our Pro-Vision® service orchestration and management software.

Service providers are able to deploy the OptiPacket® platform as a packet-optimized solution in high-capacity mega POPs for metro aggregation application, or utilize it as an access platform for SLA-based 100G Carrier thernet demarcation services. The flexibility of the OptiPacket® platform is fully maximized when used as a converged packet-optical solution with MRV’s OptiDriver® optical transport products and combined under the same orchestration and management software, Pro-Vision®, according to a service provider’s network demands.

  • Large and small chassis to fit a wide range of applications
  • Highly integrated with the MRV OptiSwitch® Carrier Ethernet 2.0 access and Pro-Vision® comprehensive service orchestration and management software to enable end-to-end Ethernet/MPLS solution
  • Industry leading non-blocking density and capacity with superior power efficiency
  • Offers programmable 100Gb CPE for high-capacity business services for enterprises including fractional rates at sub 100GE with end-to-end OAM and SLA verification
  • Innovative, programmable, and distributed X86 architecture to pave the way to SDN/NFV deployment and future software-driven services

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MRV Optiswitch Carrier Ethernet Access Platform

MRV’s OptiSwitch® family is an award-winning line of compact MEF Certified CE 2.0 service demarcation and pre-aggregation platforms that are deployed in world’s most prominent Tier-1/2 networks offering communications service providers a full suite of carrier-grade SLA monitored and H-QoS supported Carrier Ethernet services.

OS-V Series is the latest addition to the OptiSwitch product family. The OS-V Series addresses the ongoing market demand for scalable 10GbE and fractional 10GbE services as well as the requirement for openness, increasing intelligence, programmability, and virtualization in the access network. The OS-V Series can be deployed at the edge of your network in various applications including L2 MEF CE2.0 high-bandwidth capacity business Ethernet services and 4G/LTE mobile backhaul, bandwidth-on-demand access to cloud-based services, and E-Access services with scalable flow aggregation.

  • Offers comprehensive portfolio of compact MEF Certified CE 2.0 service demarcation and pre-aggregation devices
  • Deployed in world’s most prominent Tier-1/2 networks
  • Delivers carrier-grade SLA monitored and H-QoS supported high-bandwidth capacity business Ethernet services, LTE mobile backhaul and E-Access services with scalable flow aggregation
  • Enables communications service providers to offer price competitive and high performance 10GbE (and sub-rates) access services
  • Offers converged multi-layer services in a single access device with open and highly programmable architecture for SDN/NFV
  • Provides zero-touch service creation with extensive SLA reporting and web-based customer portals
 
 

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Starview Starpod

Starview Starpod enables SFP/XFP transceivers to be reprogrammed to be compatible with most major manufacturers, which allows resellers  complete flexibility on how you order, stock and use SFP and XFP pluggable transceivers.  

The Starview Programmable Optical Device (STARPOD) is designed to allow the user to reprogram Starview transceiver modules (typically SFP/ SFP+ and XFP) in the field. This flexibility in being able to reprogram the transceiver module on the fly allows the user to use the module with equipment from multiple leading vendors, including Cisco, Juniper, and HP.

Flexibility

This allows resellers to have complete flexibility on how to order, stock and use SFP and XFP pluggable transceivers.  Using the STARPOD, even for only a few transceivers, soon covers its cost.

Carry Less Stock

Using Starview transceivers allows resellers to keep less stock as instead of keeping stock for each manufacturer, resellers can keep stocks of Starview Transceivers and program them to be compatible with each manufacturer as they are needed. Starview transceivers can even be ordered pre-configured to be compatible with a particular vendor and can then be reprogrammed later.

Starview transceivers can be programmed to be compatible with all of the following manufacturers:

  • CISCO
  • Juniper
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Extreme Networks
  • Force 10
  • Huawei
  • HP
  • H3C
  • Arista Networks
  • Transition Networks
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • BTI
  • Intel
  • EXFO
  • JDSU
  • ATI
  • Tellabs
  • Nortel Networks
  • Netscout
  • Adtran
  • Brocade
  • Ericsson
  • RAD
  • Avaya
  • NSN
  • VSS Monitoring
  • Gigamon
  • Cyan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality

Starview’s products are fully compliant with Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH/OTN and PON standards and operate at data rates up to 100 Gb/s. SVI provides customers with a reliable and quality product which had undergone stringent inspection according to industry standard specifications. Starview transceivers conform to a number of international quality standards including all of the following:

  • ISO9001:2000
  • GR-253-CORE
  • ITU-T G.957
  • SFF-8472
  • Class 1 Laser Safe
  • EMI Emission below FCC Class B
  • UL, FCC, TUV and ROHS6 Certified
  • SFP MSA Compliant
  • IEC 60825 and IEC 60950 compliant
  • Ethernet 802.3 compliant
  • CE Mark

Starview’s Optical Transceiver Pluggable Modules possess a superb strength of compatibility and excellent performance. Despite extremely competitive pricing, there is no compromise on the quality of the product, and all modules undergo stringent quality control.

 

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Network Interface Cards (NICs)

Short for Network Interface Card, a NIC is also commonly referred to as an Ethernet card and network adapter and is an expansion card that enables a computer to connect to a network.

By utilising Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NIC), users can gain the benefits associated with deploying fibre optics within the LAN environment - including expanded bandwidth capacity and the increased data security associated with delivering fibre directly to the desktop.

Fibre to the Desktop (FTTD)

Fibre to the desktop is not only more secure than copper cabling; it can also generate higher signal quality while supporting higher speeds, and feature-rich applications. Sol Distribution can offer a complete portfolio of packetbased fibre NICs, Media Converters, and Switches that help reduce the cost of fibre integration. Many of these products have been used specifically for protecting against possible cable emission leaks in government agency infrastructures.

Fast Ethernet & Gigabit Ethernet NIC Cards

Fibre NICs allow for a simple integration when/wherever fibre can be found at the desktop. With Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet NICs—users will gain the benefits associated with deploying fibre optic cabling within the LAN environment. This includes expanded bandwidth capacity and the increased data security, that is associated with delivering fibre directly to the desktop.

With both standard and low profile form factors; driver support and PCI 2.2 plug-and-play capability; installation is a breeze in virtually any PC in your network. PCIe adapter network Interface cards enable users to maximize bandwidth and bus efficiency while lowering power consumption. In addition, PCMCIA cards and express cards provide a 100Base-FX fibre port for delivering fibre optic connectivity to any laptop. These cards are offered in a highperformance 32-bit CardBus version to match virtually any laptop PC and help save money by eliminating the need for a docking station and a fixed, fibre NIC.

Media Conversion

NIC's work well in a new development, but they can be very time consuming in retro-fitting existing installations. As an alternative to installing a fibre optic network card (NIC) in every PC/workstation within an agency or organization-Media Converters can be a cost-effective alternative.

A Media Converter can range from a simple device that converts copper to fibre to a more advanced feature rich, managed device. These advanced features include: Last Gasp, Far End Fault (FEF), Link Pass Through (LPT), Transparent LPT, Autonegotiation, autocross (MDI/MDIX), and Automatic Link Restoration. Each of these feature sets are specifically designed to reduce implementation time and to identify faults in more intelligent devices with trapping capabilities or alarms.

PCI Powered Media Converters - Hybrid Solution

Deliver low cost, fibre optic connectivity directly to your desktop without replacing your existing copper NIC card. These full-featured PCI powered media converters are designed to install directly inside a workstation or file server and mount into any slot on a standard PCI. No configuration is required; making installation a breeze. Since power is drawn directly from the PCI slot, no additional power supply is needed.

SFP To The Desk

SFPs are small form factor, hot-pluggable transceivers which allow for a single piece of network equipment to be connected to a multitude of interfaces, protocols, and transmission media via the SFP port. SFPs offer a cost effective and flexible means to accommodate for network modifications and growth, while still using existing network devices.Transition Networks and MRV SFP modules are compatible with all Cisco & HP SFP-based routers and switches, and are also recognized by the Cisco IOS as a plug and play fibre module. All Transition and MRV SFPs are available in a range of speeds and distances.

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Network Interface Devices (NIDs)

Network Interface Devices or NIDs are an effective way of providing operational and capital savings to service providers.  A NID is installed at the customer premise and provides a demarcation point between the service provider and customer's network. Network Interface Devices allow for end-to-end Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) functionality for the service provider.

The basic functions, such as loopback testing and remote fault isolation, in the NID provide service providers a number of benefits, including: reduced truck rolls, fewer test sets in the field, and increased reliability. The result of this for the service provider is a reduction in OpEx and CapEx while providing a faster return on investment (ROI).

While the operational savings of NIDs can be shown with their features and capabilities for remote troubleshooting, easy installation and Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring to reduce SLA penalties, it is important for service providers to be aware of the additional revenue streams and services that can be achieved when using a NID at the demarcation point.   NIDs have advanced features such as bandwidth allocation, Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) and other features that allow the service provider the capability to provide tiered service offerings to customers. 

 

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Media Converters

Media converters allow a user to connect one type of media, or cabling, to another – typically copper to fibre. Modern converters support many different data communication protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1/J1, DS3/E3, as well as multiple cabling types such as coax, twisted pair, multi-mode and single-mode fibre optics. Media converter types range from small standalone devices and PC card converters to high port-density chassis systems that offer many advanced features for network management.

On some devices, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enables proactive management of link status, monitoring chassis environmental statistics and sending traps to network managers in the event of a fibre break or even link loss on the copper port.

By bridging the gap between legacy copper infrastructures and fibre growth. Media converters provide an economical path towards extending the distance of an existing network, extending the life of non-fibre based equipment, or extending the distance between two like devices.

The world largest and best manufacturer of fibre media converters is Transition Networks, andSol Distribution is the UK's number 1 distributor of Transition Networks products. Available in stand-alone, modular chassis-based, or PCI powered configurations, Transition Networks‘ media converters offer copper to fibre and fibre to fibre media conversion in the following supported protocols: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Power-over-Ethernet, 100/100, 10/100/1000, ATM, T1/E1, DS3/E3, POTS, RS232, RS485 and more.

With industry leading advanced features such as Auto-Negotiation, AutoCross™, Link Pass Through, Far End Fault, and Automatic Link Restoration - Transition's media converters make an invisible component in the physical layer "visible" to network managers; allowing more efficient troubleshooting and less on-site maintenance. These cost and time saving features, along with a lifetime warranty and free 24x7 worldwide technical support, have made Transition's media converters the #1 choice among industry IT professionals.

Features of Transition Networks Media Converters

  • Allow users to connect one type of media or cabling to another, typically copper to fibre
  • Extends network capacity without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network
  • Provides an economical path towards extending the distance of an existing network
  • Bridges the gap between legacy copper infrastructures and fibre growth
  • Allows users to extend network distances by adding fibre only where needed
  • Enables users to add new devices without replacing costly cable 
  • Means you can integrate high-bandwidth devices into the network

Types of Media Converters Stocked by Sol Distribution

 

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Sol Distribution can provide a variety of solutions to help organisations manage their essential IT infrastructure. From console servers for out of band management, to hardware and software to monitor network performance, Sol can provide you with the tools to effectively manage your estate.

MRV Communications

 

Infrastructure Management

MRV's infrastructure management products include Physical Layer Switches, Console Servers and Power Management. They enable network managers, lab managers and IT professionals to remotely access and manage fibre ports, serial ports and power from remote locations.  This reduces equipment requirements, saves labour and speeds testing and troubleshooting for complex network environments.

 

Physical Layer Switches

MRV's physical layer switches are scalable, OSI layer 1 switches that allows users to connect any port to any other port within the system using a non-blocking matrix. The Media Cross Connect is an optical/electrical/optical (OEO) switch used for data rates and media up to 10Gbps. The Optical Cross Connect is an all optical (OOO) switch for single mode fiber rates up to 100Gbps. Deploying these switches in a lab environment allows test commitments to be met without compromising quality or responsiveness, or increasing capital or operational expenses.

 

Console / Terminal Servers

The LX Series Console Servers support 4, 8, 16, 32 or 48 RS232 serial ports with an optional v.92 modem, dual Ethernet, and multiple AC/DC power options. Rich security and management features are supported, in addition to distributed clustering, sophisticated automation capabilities, very strong encryption, and U.S. government FIPS 140-2 security certification.

 

Power Management

The LX Power Control Series provides the ability to enable or disable power to managed devices, to reset equipment, enhance troubleshooting, enable redundant equipment, or control power access. The Trigger/Action feature of the LX Series allows site administrators and lab personnel to easily automate power, physical and security infrastructure control. This feature not only enhances troubleshooting but also allows managers to reduce utilities costs by turning off unused equipment extending equipment life span and reducing cooling costs.

Viavi Solutions

 

Network Performance Management

Network performance management consists of planning, measuring, modelling and optimising networks to ensure that they carry traffic with the speed, reliability, and capacity that is appropriate for the nature of the application and the cost constraints of the organisation. Different applications warrant different blends of capacity, latency, and reliability.

Network performance management generally requires the performance and quality service level of each network device and component to be routinely monitored. Typically, network management platforms must perform many tasks; these include performance measurement, forensic analysis, capacity planning and load-testing or load generation.

Sol Distribution can provide a scalable performance management solution for your network, giving you the ability to monitor a large number of devices, objects, and metrics while maintaining speed of information and keeping costs down.

 

Viavi’s Observer Performance Management Platform

Critical business processes, from project collaboration to product delivery ­are supported at every point by IT services. Failure of the underlying applications and infrastructure is not an option. For IT to be successful, it must have a method of monitoring operations, optimising performance, and validating investments.

If something goes wrong, you need to know whether the problem was caused by your network, systems, or applications. The Observer Performance Management Platform can answer this question faster, more accurately, and more completely than any other solution on the market today. It's why some of the most successful and well-recognised companies in the world trust the insight of the Observer Platform.

 

Viavi Observer Gigastor

The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, Observer GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting, or for investigating possible security threats. Just hit rewind to go back in time and review past network activity. Navigate to the exact moment of the service anomaly to see detailed, packet-level views before, during, and after the occurrence. Read more>>

 

Observer nTAPs

Access Data with Ease and Speed

nTAPs™ are passive devices installed on critical links for 24/7 access to traffic without disrupting data flow. They keep traffic flowing even when power doesn’t. With streamlined form factors and an array of configuration options, nTAPs feed network analysers, monitoring tools, and security devices while decreasing the risk of dropped data. Quick to deploy and economical to implement, network nTAPs provide devices with the comprehensive visibility needed for optimal performance management. Read more>>

 

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Get Full Visibility of Your Network with Viavi Observer nTAPs

Viavi Observer nTAPs (Network TAPs) are passive, full-duplex devices, offering complete visibility to monitoring devices regardless of traffic level. They work with the leading management tools for quick and easy deployment. nTAPs are transparent for monitoring critical links, and provide continuous network data flow even if power fails. nTAPs are scalable, modularised, space efficient, and economical.

Use optical nTAPs to send identical copies of critical traffic to network analysers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar devices capable of supporting dual, non-aggregated data streams. For further flexibility, Observer Copper-to-Optical and Optical-to-Copper Conversion nTAPs are available.

Viavi nTAPs Brochure (click to download)

Observer TAPs - Aggregation


Transfer network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper analysis or security device in a single stream.

 

Install Observer Aggregator nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. Designed for low-to-moderate utilization full-duplex links, Aggregator nTAPs merge data into single streams for transmission up to two single-receive analysis devices. Industry-leading buffer sizes offer less likelihood of lost packets than SPAN ports to ensure critical traffic reaches analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, and forensics tools. For networks and analyzers of different topologies, an Observer Conversion Aggregator nTAP is available.

 

Observer TAPs - Conversion


Copy traffic from a full-duplex copper link and send it to a copper or optical monitoring device – also available with aggregation functionality

 

Install Observer Conversion nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. When analyzers and similar monitoring devices communicate over different topologies than the network, Optical-to-Copper or Copper-to-Optical nTAPs bridge the gap. Conversion nTAPs make copies of network data, sending one back to the network and the other out for analysis.

 

For single-receive devices, Observer Aggregator Conversion nTAPs merge full-duplex links into single streams for transmission to up to two single-receive analysis devices. Industry-leading buffer sizes offer less likelihood of lost packets than SPAN ports to ensure critical traffic reaches analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, and forensics tools.

Observer TAPs - Copper

 

 

Easily send Ethernet traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper monitoring device with Observer Copper TAPs.

 

Install Observer nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb copper links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. Depending on your network, choose 10/100 or 10/100/1000 copper nTAPs to send perfect copies of critical traffic to network analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar dual-receive devices. For further flexibility an Observer Copper-to-Optical Conversion nTAP is available.

Observer TAPs - Optical

 

 

With several options available, you can scale up to 24 modules in one unit of rack with the High-Density Optical TAP (HDOT).

 

Install Observer nTAPs on 1, 10, or 40 Gb single or multi-mode optical links. Or select our newest offering, the Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) to mix and match these network speeds or 100 Gb in any combination across 24 modules in a 1U rack.

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Improving Efficiency, Reducing Costs, Increasing Network Up Time

Out-of-Band Networking solutions provide secure remote service port access, remote power management and environmental monitoring to devices in an organization’s networks and infrastructures.  An Out-of-Band Networking (OOBN) solution nearly eliminates the need for physical presence at a device to correct problems or manage its everyday operation. This mode of unmanned operation is also commonly referred to as Remote Management or Lights Out Management.

Applications and Benefits

The value of Out-of-Band Networking solution can benefit organizations of any size and type.  Improvements in efficiency for small businesses, large enterprises, service providers and carriers can all be realized by implementing an Out-of-Band solution.  Any infrastructure comprised of numerous types and classes of equipment including switches, routers, storage devices, and telephony equipment can be managed more effectively with an Out-of-Band Networking solution.

Reducing Costs

Since Out-of-Band Networks can nearly eliminate the need for administrative personnel to be physically present at a device, personnel can be reduced and centralized, resulting in significant cost savings.  The cost of downtime is also reduced since devices can be brought back online quickly without the delays of dispatching personnel to device locations.  Vehicles, fuel, tools, and labor costs are all greatly reduced all while ensuring Service Level Agreement (SLA) exposure is reduced as well.


  • Practically eliminate the need for personnel to be physically present at remote equipment site

    • Manage devices from a central location
    • Remotely troubleshoot problems and reboot “locked up” devices
    • Provide secure management access via internet or dial up connectivity

 

  • Improve Service Levels

    • Reduces need for redundant equipment by minimizing downtime from hours to minutes
    • Easy, efficient remote equipment access utilizes scarce technical resources more effectively
    • Ensure Service Level Agreements are met

 

  • Increase Security, Lower Risk

    • Verify user access leveraging existing security infrastructure
    • Multi User Access Levels supporting staff and outsourced resources
    • Capture logs as a record of system activity to meet directives such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and similar directives

Further Information

MRV Out-of-Band-Management Brochure

Data Center Best Practices for Remote Management

LX Series 4000T Console Server Datasheet

LX Series 1004T Console Server Datasheet

Case Study: Bank Turns to Out-of-Band Networking

 

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MRV LX Series Console Servers for Out-of-Band Management

Improving Efficiency, Reducing Costs, Increasing Network Up Time

Out-of-Band Networking solutions provide secure remote service port access, remote power management and environmental monitoring to devices in an organization’s networks and infrastructures.  An Out-of-Band Networking (OOBN) solution nearly eliminates the need for physical presence at a device to correct problems or manage its everyday operation. This mode of unmanned operation is also commonly referred to as Remote Management or Lights Out Management.

Applications and Benefits

The value of Out-of-Band Networking solution can benefit organizations of any size and type.  Improvements in efficiency for small businesses, large enterprises, service providers and carriers can all be realized by implementing an Out-of-Band solution.  Any infrastructure comprised of numerous types and classes of equipment including switches, routers, storage devices, and telephony equipment can be managed more effectively with an Out-of-Band Networking solution.

Reducing Costs

Since Out-of-Band Networks can nearly eliminate the need for administrative personnel to be physically present at a device, personnel can be reduced and centralized, resulting in significant cost savings.  The cost of downtime is also reduced since devices can be brought back online quickly without the delays of dispatching personnel to device locations.  Vehicles, fuel, tools, and labor costs are all greatly reduced all while ensuring Service Level Agreement (SLA) exposure is reduced as well.


  • Practically eliminate the need for personnel to be physically present at remote equipment site

    • Manage devices from a central location
    • Remotely troubleshoot problems and reboot “locked up” devices
    • Provide secure management access via internet or dial up connectivity

 

  • Improve Service Levels

    • Reduces need for redundant equipment by minimizing downtime from hours to minutes
    • Easy, efficient remote equipment access utilizes scarce technical resources more effectively
    • Ensure Service Level Agreements are met

 

  • Increase Security, Lower Risk

    • Verify user access leveraging existing security infrastructure
    • Multi User Access Levels supporting staff and outsourced resources
    • Capture logs as a record of system activity to meet directives such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and similar directives

Further Information

MRV Out-of-Band-Management Brochure

Data Center Best Practices for Remote Management

LX Series 4000T Console Server Datasheet

LX Series 1004T Console Server Datasheet

Case Study: Bank Turns to Out-of-Band Networking

 

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Sol Distribution Ltd est un distributeur indépendant de produits de réseau. En se concentrant principalement dans le domaine des produits de réseau, Sol Distribution offre des prix incroyables, disponibilité immédiate et support clientèle de première classe.

Sol disposes également d’un entrepôt avec grandes quantité de produits toujours prêt pour les faire arriver n’importe où en Europe. En plus on offre également différents niveaux de livraison; pour exemple pré-10, pré-12 et livraison directe chez l'utilisateur final (sans aucun détail de noms et prix dans les documents de transport).

En complément de notre activité de distribution de matériel de réseau indépendant, Sol est également un partenaire de distribution officiel pour les fabricants suivants:

Transition Networks

Avec plus de 20 années de croissance et d’expertise dans le domaine de la fabrication de matériel, Transition Networks offre la capacité d’intégrer, pour un prix abordable, les avantages des fibres optiques, quels que soient le réseau de données, l’application ou l’environnement. Avec une prise en charge d’une multitude de protocoles, d’interfaces et de plateformes matérielles, le portefeuille de Transition donne la capacité d’obtenir et de gérer de manière fiable le trafic de réseau sur fibre optique.

Les produits de réseau à fibres optiques de Transition Networks sont reconnus pour leur robustesse et leur fiabilité. Les produits Transition Networks sélectionnés bénéficient d’une garantie à vie. La société commercialise ces technologies de conversion de média à travers un vaste éventail de protocoles de réseau. Sol est première partenaire exclusif en Europe, Moyen-Orient et en Afrique et peut fournir tous produits dans les catégories suivantes: Ethernet, Ethernet rapide, Gigabit , Gigabit 10, TDM sur IP, ISDN sur IP, T1/E1, DS3, ATM, RS232/485, vidéo, alimentation par câble Ethernet et plus encore.

  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • Network Interface Devices (NIDs)
  • Network Interface Cards, PCMCIA Adapters
  • SFP | XFP | GBIC Optical Transceivers
  • Mobile Backhaul & Packetband TDM over IP

MRV Communication

MRV Communications est un leader mondial dans la fourniture de l'Ethernet optique de support , transport optique WDM , ainsi que l'intégration de réseau et des services gérés.

Les solutions de MRV permettent la prestation de services Ethernet de dernière génération d'une infrastructure de fibre. MRV fournit des équipements et services dans le monde entier à des fournisseurs de services de télécommunications, les entreprises et les gouvernements; fournissant ainsi l'évolution du réseau, augmentant l'efficacité et réduire à la fois la complexité que les coûts.

Les produits et services que Sol Distribution peut fournir en collaboration avec MRV Communications sont :

  • Carrier Ethernet Access
  • WDM & Optical Transport
  • Service Provisioning & Network Management
  • Test Lab Automation
  • Enterprise Switches and Routers
  • Out of Band Networking

Bienvenido a Sol Distribution, un mayorista líder de HARDWARE de red.

Sol Distribution es un mayorista líder independiente de productos de Hardware de red sirviendo el  canal de distribución de informática en Europa. Nuestro principal enfoque es en los productos de la red, Sol Distribution ofrece a sus clientes distribuidores y brokers productos líderes en el mercado con precios estupendos, con una disponibilidad excelente (normalmente disponibles en stock) y todos con un nivel servicio de primera clase.

Sol Distribution tiene largas cantidades de productos en stock y con disponibilidad immediata de entrega el día después a la mayoría de países de Europa, y ofrece una gran variedad de servicios urgentes, que incluyen servicios “premium”para entregar antes de las 9am para clientes que necesitan sus pedidos urgentemente. Sol Distribution puede entregar directamente al cliente sin que consten los datos de Sol Distribution en el envío, así que parece que han sido enviados directamente del distribuidor.

Distribución oficial

Complementando nuestro negocio de distribución independiente de hardware de red, Sol Distribution es también un socio oficial de distribución de las siguientes marcas:

Transition Networks

Con más de 20 años de crecimiento y experiencia en la fabricación de equipos, Transition Networks ofrece la capacidad de integrar económicamente los beneficios de la fibra óptica en cualquier red de datos, en cualquier aplicación y en cualquier entorno. Ofreciendo soporte para múltiples protocolos, cualquier interface, y una multitud de plataformas de hardware, la cartera de Transition le da la posibilidad de entregar y gestionar su tráfico de red sobre fibra de manera fiable.

Sol Distribution IT es reconocido por Transition como el socio número uno en Europa, el Medio Oriente y Africa y puede suministrar productos en las siguientes categorias:

  • Convertidores de medios
  • Interruptores Ethernet
  • Ethernet industrial
  • Alimentación a través de Ethernet
  • Dispositivos de interfaz de redes (NID)
  • Tarjetas de interfaz de red, adaptadores PCMCIA
  • Transceptores SFP/XFP/GBIC ópticos
  • Los equipos de transferencia móvil de datos por IP (Backhaul Móvil y Packetband TDM sobre IP)

MRV Communications

MRV Communications, Inc. es un proveedor global líder de red Ethernet portadora óptica, red de transporte óptica WDM, y también de integración de la red y servicios de gestión.

MRV’s solutions permite la entrega y aprovisionamiento de transporte óptico de próxima generación y servicios del portador Ethernet sobre cualquier infraestructura de fibra. MRV suministra equipos y servicios mundialmente a proveedores de servicios en telecomunicaciones, empresas, y gobiernos, permitiendo la evolución de las redes y aumento de la eficiencia, y al mismo tiempo reduciendo la complejidad y los costes.

Productos y Servicios que Sol Distribution IT puede proporcionar en conjunción con MRV Communications:

  • Acceso Portador Ethernet
  • WDM y transporte óptico
  • Servicio de aprovisionamento y Gestión de red
  • Automatización de laboratorios de pruebas
  • Routers y conmutadores de gama empresarial
  • Red fuera de banda

RAD Data Communications

Establecida hace casi 30 años, la empresa privada RAD Data Communications es un fabricante ganador de soluciones de acceso rentable y backhaul para redes móviles y compañías de línea fija, proveedores de servicios, empresas, agencias estatales, sistemas de transporte y empresas de servicios públicos.

Su conocimiento del mercado internacional, la estricta adherencia a las normas de calidad, operaciones respetuosas con el entorno y ética de consumo responsable del fabricante, conjuntamente con una cultura corporativa que alienta las relaciones de largo plazo con clientes, canales, proveedores, y empleados, combinado para hacer de RAD el socio perfecto para todos vuestros proyectos de telecomunicaciones y de comunicación de datos. Sol Distribution es un mayorista autorizado de productos RAD de comunicación de datos.

Starview International

Starview International es un fabricante de diseño original (ODM) de módulos transceptores. Los módulos transceptores Starview funcionan con la mayoría de los proveedores principales de equipos, y proporcionan una alternativa rentable y de alta calidad a fabricantes de piezas originales garantizando los niveles de servicio al cliente.

Los productos de Starview son totalmente compatibles con Ethernet, canal de fibra, SONET/SDH/OTN y estándares de las redes ópticas pasivas (PON) y operan a velocidades de datos de hasta 100 Gb / s. Son capaces de distancias que van desde muy corto alcance dentro de un centro de datos a un campus, acceso, metros y tramos de larga distancia. Cuentan con un rendimiento excepcional sobre voltaje y rangos de temperatura extendidos, mientras se minimiza la fluctuación, la interferencia electromagnética (EMI) y disipación de potencia. Los transceptores Starview están disponibles en todos los siguientes factores de forma:

  • Módulos transceptores de factor de forma pequeño (SFP)
  • Módulos transceptores de factor de forma pequeño conectable (SFP plus +)
  • Módulos transceptores Giga-bit Interface Converter (GBIC)
  • Módulos transceptores XFP
  • Módulos transceptores XENPAK
  • Módulos transceptores X2
  • Módulos transceptores QSFP
  • Módulos transceptores CFP

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Benvenuti alla Sol Distribution, distributore di rilievo per prodotti di rete.

Sol Distribution è un distributore indipendente per prodotti di rete in tutta Europa.

Focalizzandosi principalmente nell’arena di prodotti di rete, la Sol Distribution offre a rivenditori e mediatori ottimi prezzi, disponibilità immediata e servizio clientela di prima classe. Sol Distribution ha inoltre un magazzino rifornito, con larghe quantità di prodotti sempre richiesti e in pronta consegna su gran parte dell’Europa. Offre anche vari livelli di consegna, ad esempio pre-10, pre-12 e consegne dirette presso l’utente finale (senza alcun dettaglio di nominativi e/o prezzi nei documenti di trasporto).

Distribuzione ufficiale

A completamento del commercio indipendente di prodotti di rete, la Sol Distribution è inoltre distributore ufficiale per i seguenti produttori:

Transition Networks

Con oltre vent’anni di crescita ed esperienza nella produzione di hardware, Transition Networks offre la possibilità di integrare convenientemente i vantaggi della fibra ottica in qualsiasi rete dati, in qualsiasi applicazione ed in qualsiasi ambiente. Offre inoltre supporto per multiplici protocolli ed una moltitudine di piattaforme hardware. Transition Networks da’ la possibilità di fornire e gestire il traffico di rete su fibra in modo affidabile.

Sol Distribution è riconosciuta da Transition come primo partner esclusivo in Europa, Medio Oriente e Africa.

Puo’ fornire prodotti nelle seguenti categorie:

  • Fibra
  • Convertitori di Media
  • Switches Ethernet
  • Ethernet industriale
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • Network Interface Devices (NIDs)
  • Network Interface Cards, PCMCIA Adapters
  • SFP | XFP | GBIC Optical Transceivers
  • Mobile Backhaul & Packetband TDM over IP

MRV Communications

MRV Communications, Inc. è un leader mondiale per fornitura di prodotti optical carrier Ethernet, trasporto ottico WDM, così come l'integrazione di rete e servizi gestiti. Le soluzioni di MRV consentono la fornitura di servizi  di Ethernet di ultima generazione su qualsiasi infrastruttura in fibra.

MRV fornisce attrezzature e servizi in tutto il mondo a venditori di servizi di telecomunicazioni, aziende e governi; provvedendo cosi’ all’evoluzione della rete, aumentandone l’efficenza e riducendone sia la complessitড় che i costi.

I prodotti e servizi Did you mean: MRV solutions enable the delivery and provisioning of next-generation optical transport and carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. MRV provides equipment and services worldwide to telecommunications service providers, enterprises, and governments, enabling network evolution and increasing efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs.che Sol Distribution può fornire in collaborazione con MRV Communications sono i seguenti:

  • Carrier Ethernet Access
  • WDM & Optical Transport
  • Service Provisioning & Network Management
  • Test Lab Automation
  • Enterprise Switches and Routers
  • Out of Band Networking

RAD Data Communications

Sorta quasi trent’anni fa la RAD Data Communications e’ un produttore di apparati per operatori e provveditori di servizi di telecomunazioni, agenzie governative e società nel settore trasporti.

L’esperienza aquisita sui mercati internazionali, in stretta aderenza agli standard qualitativi e alle operazioni benefiche per l’ecosistema, assiste Rad nell’offrire prodotti e soluzioni per qualsiasi connettività; realizzando reti di accesso di telecomunicazione per operatori e service providers cosi come per le utilities, per le società operanti nel settore dei trasporti e per il settore militare.

La sua esperienza nei mercati internazionali, il rigoroso rispetto delle norme di qualità, il rispetto dell'ambiente, uniti ad una cultura aziendale che incoraggia i rapporti a lungo termine con clienti, fornitori e dipendenti, si combinano per rendere RAD il partner ideale per tutti telecomunicazione e progetti di comunicazione di dati .

Sol Distribution è un Distributore Autorizzato per tutti i prodotti RAD Data Communications.

Starview International

Starview International è un produttore di moduli transceiver (ODM).

I moduli transceiver di Starview funzionano con tutti i principali fornitori di apparecchiature, fornendo alta qualità come un’ottima alternativa senza intaccare la sicurezza o il livello di servizio offerto al cliente.

I prodotti di Starview sono completamente compatibili con Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH/OTN e standard PON. Operano fino a 100Gb/S e sono capaci di raggiungere distanze che vanno dal breve al lungo raggio; come ad esempio al'interno di un datacenter, nei campus, o l'accesso alla metropolitana.

Forniscono prestazioni eccezionali sia in sovratensione e in estreme temperature, riducendo al minimo sia  le interferenze elettromagnetiche (EMI) che la dissipazione di potenza .

I ricetrasmettitori Starview sono disponibili in tutti i seguenti formati:

  • Small Form Factor (SFP) Transceiver Modules
  • Small Form Pluggable Plus (SFP+) Transceiver Modules
  • Giga-Bit Interface Converter (GBIC) Transceiver Modules
  • XFP Transceiver Modules
  • XENPAK Transceiver Modules
  • X2 Transceiver Modules
  • QSFP Transceiver Modules
  • CFP Transceiver Modules

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Contattaci

In fibre-optic communications, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is a technology which multiplexes a number of optical carrier signals onto a single optical fibre by using different wavelengths (i.e., colours) of laser light. This technique enables bidirectional communications over one strand of fibre, as well as multiplication of capacity. This enables users (usually carriers)to greatly increase the capacity of existing infrastructure, thereby saving money on upgrades.

The benefits of utilizing CWDM include:

  • Increased Bandwidth/Capacity on Existing Fiber
  • Ability to Mix Multiple Protocols and Network Speeds Over the Same Fiber Infrastructure
  • Completely Passive Solution – No Active Equipment or Complicated Configuration
  • Modular Design Allows For Plug and Play and Expansion Provisioning
  • Attractive Cost
  • Available NOW

MRV Communications offers a complete line of Optical Transport and WDM Solutions for service providers, content delivery networks, datacenter operators, internet exchanges, cloud service providers, and others. Applications range from Enterprise networks to data and storage interconnect, from regional backbones to campus rings. Services from simple T1/E1 service demarcation to complex 100Gbps dynamic ROADM-based wavelengths can be offered with a variety of hardware platforms supported by intelligent and open operational and management software.

 

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Ethernet Switches

Sol Distribution can provide a wide range of Ethernet switches, from standard managed and unmanaged switches for enterprise applications, through to carrier ethernet switches designed for Tier-1 networks offering service providers a full suite of carrier-grade Ethernet services, and ruggedised industrial Ethernet switches designed for extremes of temperature and harsh environments.

Data Center Switching

Alcatel Lucent Enterprise's range of low-latency, 10/40GbE multipath connectivity-ready switches let enterprises meet current needs while preparing for the future with no costly hardware change-outs. Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® 6860 Stackable LAN Switches (SLS) are compact, high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 10 GigE platforms designed for the most demanding converged networks. The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise OmniSwitch™ 6900 Stackable LAN and data center switches are compact, high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 40 GigE platforms. In addition to high performance and extremely low latency, they offer VXLAN, OpenFlow, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), data center bridging (DCB) capabilities, QoS, Layer-2 and Layer-3 switching, as well as system and network level resiliency.

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® 9900 series Modular LAN chassis platform is a high-capacity, high-performance modular Ethernet LAN switch that is field-proven in enterprise, service provider and data center environments. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® 10K modular LAN chassis platform is based on the Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS), which is a state-of-the-art, scriptable operating system. The OmniSwitch 10K delivers uninterrupted network uptime with non-stop Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding and in service software upgrades.

Enterprise Switching

For the enterprose market, Alcatel Lucent Enterprise (ALE) produces a complete set of stackable LAN access switches with market leading resiliency, embedded security and dynamic network performance tuning for real time application deliveryas well as a new generation of wire-rate 10GbE/40GbE core switches, with market leading port density and switching capacity, reduce the need for oversubscription and prepare your network for future growth.

The MILAN by Transition Networks portfolio of multilayer Ethernet switching products are designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution by allowing customers to only pay for the port counts and features that they need. The MILAN by Transition Networks switch line offers customers unique configurations and a high level of service and reliability, all while serving to ease the stress caused on networks by high-bandwidth applications. Transition can offer managed, managed PoE, unmanaged, and extended temp switches.

Industrial Ethernet

As Ethernet continues to migrate from the office environment, all the way to the factory floor-so does Transition’s extended temperature and hardened industrial line of products. These products are built to operate in harsh environments, such as the warehouse, manufacturing floor and outdoor applications. Transition’s industrial products will help ease your transition to Ethernet for better control and automation, allowing you to have better management capabilities for providing a streamlined operation with extended visibility.

Both Transition Networks and Alcatel Lucent Enterprise can provide a range of ruggedised and extended temperature switches. Transition’s extensive line of industrial Ethernet products are built to be affordable, without sacrificing quality-backed by the industry’s only hassle-free lifetime warranty. ALE produces a ruggedised set of switches, access points and routers that can be deployed and operate reliably in harsh environments and can withstand electromagnetic fields, high vibrations, dust/dirt and high humidity. RAD can provide ruggedised industrial Ethernet switches with built-in firewall and VPN and built in security mechanisms designed specifically for SCADA.

Carrier Ethernet

MRV's OptiSwitch® family is an award-winning line of compact MEF Certified Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) service demarcation and 1st mile aggregation platforms designed to meet any Carrier Ethernet network requirement.  Powered by single and unified Master-OS™ operating software, the OptiSwitch® series ranges from the OS900 converged Layer 2 & Layer 3 Ethernet service demarcation to the OS9000 high-density 10GE packet-optical aggregation platforms.

RAD’s Carrier Ethernet Service Assured Access solutions allow service providers to increase their revenues and lower their TCO when deploying SLA-based Carrier Ethernet services with a rich portfolio of service demarcation devices and aggregation platforms. MEF CE 2.0-certified, these devices are powered by a comprehensive service assured access toolset, featuring such capabilities as zero-touch deployment and service turn up, traffic management, timing over packet synchronisation, TDM over Packet, performance monitoring, fault management, and resiliency, over fibre, TDM, or DSL.

Routers

The most familiar type of routers are home and small office routers that simply pass data, such as web pages, email, IM, and videos between the home computers and the Internet. More sophisticated routers, such as enterprise routers, connect large business or ISP networks up to the powerful core routers that forward data at high speed along the optical fiber lines of the Internet backbone. Sol Distribution can supply a variety of routers, both wired and wireless from Transition Networks, and a variety of other vendors.

 

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Pluggable Transceivers

SFPs and XFPs are small form factor, modular "pluggable" transceivers which allow for a single piece of network equipment to be connected to a multitude of interfaces, protocols, and transmission media via the SFP/XFP port.

Small Form Pluggables offer a cost effective and flexible means to accommodate for network modifications and growth, while still using existing network devices.

Transceiver technology vastly increases the flexibility of network devices with improved product reliability and longevity. SFP and XFP transceivers may be used interchangeably in standards-compliant devices.

Interchangeable transceivers allow a single device to operate with a wide selection of media and protocols. Upgrading the media used on a port requires only seconds with a hot-swap SFP or XFP, once the new media is in place. New CFP transceivers enable 100G transport for modules that support the CFP form factor.

Sol Distribution can supply a wide range of pluggable transceivers from a wide range of manufacturers including Transition Networks and MRV Communications.

All of Transition’s SFPs and XFPs are compliant with the Multi-Sourcing Agreement (MSA) ensuring interoperability with all other MSA compliant networking devices.

MRV Communications offers a full line of pluggable transceiver options fully integrated with our optical and packet networking solutions. The MRV pluggable transceivers operate in MRV devices or most other devices that comply with industry standards.

 

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Service Provider Solutions

By working with vendors such as Transition Networks, RAD Data Communications and MRV Communications, Sol Distribution can provide a number of comprehensive solutions for service providers. Our suppliers have large product portfolios designed to support a wide range of expanding market needs including mobile backhaul, business services and cloud assurance, carrier exchange networks, and fibre conservation.

MRV Communications

MRV products can be used as a complete end-to-end solution to design a metro network, or as independent network elements as part of a large heterogeneous network with field-proven interoperability.

Service providers are under constant pressure to provide high-quality, value-added services to both residential and business customers. They must reduce their time to market so they may differentiate themselves with rapid new service rollouts that appeal to current customers and attract new customers. At the same time, it is imperative that service providers strategically leverage their network infrastructure investments to ensure optimal performance and the on-going control of OPEX and CAPEX.

MRV understands the unique challenges faced by service providers, and delivers cost effective, scalable solutions that address those challenges. MRV’s solution breadth and industry expertise have enabled service providers at all sizes to deliver advanced services, maximise fibre efficiency, simplify network operations, accelerate service turn-up with zero-touch provisioning, enable cost-effective network scalability, and migrate to future-proof networks.

MRV OptiSwitch®

Carrier Ethernet Access

MRV’s OptiSwitch® family is an award-winning line of compact MEF Certified CE 2.0 service demarcation and pre-aggregation platforms that are deployed in world’s most prominent Tier-1/2 networks offering communications service providers a full suite of carrier-grade SLA monitored and H-QoS supported Carrier Ethernet services.

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MRV OptiPacket®

Metro Service Edge

Service providers are able to deploy the OptiPacket® platform as a packet-optimized solution in high-capacity mega POPs for metro aggregation application, or utilise it as an access platform for SLA-based 100G Carrier Ethernet demarcation services. The flexibility of the OptiPacket® platform is fully maximized when used as a converged packet-optical solution with MRV’s OptiDriver® optical transport products and combined under the same orchestration and management software, Pro-Vision®, according to a service provider’s network demands.

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MRV OptiDriver®

Optical Transport

Optical transport networks are transitioning from static to dynamic architectures to enable more efficient traffic engineering for non-deterministic mobile, video and cloud service traffic patterns.

MRV’s OptiDriver platform enables a high-speed, intelligent network that is faster, more cost-effective and easier to manage for use in data centre interconnect applications, content delivery networks, large enterprise and carrier environments where flexibility, space and power are at a premium.

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Products

Sol Distribution focuses on networking products and has built up a portfolio of products which allows its resellers to differentiate themselves from their competition in specialist networking areas. Sol Distribution is looking to expand its portfolio of brands all the time, and will continue to add product lines which compliment those already carried.

Below is a list of some of the product areas in our portfolio:

 

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In the event that the Goods become attached to any item belonging to the Buyer (“the Buyer’s Product”), and the Goods remain in the opinion of the Company’s employees and/or agents readily detachable from the Buyer’s Product without causing damage to the Buyer’s Product, the Buyer hereby grants an irrevocable right to the Company’s employees and agents to separate and remove the Goods from the Buyer’s Product.

(7) Termination of Buyer’s Rights
The Buyer’s right to possession shall cease forthwith in the following events:

(a) the Buyer has not paid all amounts due to the Company on any account whatsoever;

(b) the Buyer goes into liquidation or is declared bankrupt or makes or attempts to make any proposal to his creditors for composition or other voluntary arrangement with its creditors or does or fails to do anything which would entitle a petition for winding up or a bankruptcy order to be presented;

(c) the Buyer does or fails to do anything which would entitle any person to appoint a receiver to the whole or part of the Buyer’s assets or proposes to present a petition for the administration of the Buyer or a resolution is passed for the winding up of the Buyer;

(d) a judgment against the Buyer remains unsatisfied;

(e) the Buyer is unable to pay a debt to a third party as it falls due and/or is or is deemed to be insolvent;

(f) any distress or execution is levied against any of the Buyer’s assets.

(8) Insuring the Goods
The Buyer shall at all times keep the Goods comprehensively insured against loss or damage by accident, fire, theft, and other risk usually covered by insurance in the type of business for which the Goods are for the time being used in an amount at least equal to the balance of the price for the same time to time remaining outstanding. The policy shall bear an endorsement recording the Company’s interest.

(9) Mitigation
All mitigation/recovery activities by the Company under the contract between the parties are agreed to be entirely without prejudice to any additional claims it may have against the Buyer for any failure by the Buyer to complete its obligations under the Contract.

(10) Deduction, Set-off or Counterclaim
In the event of any of the occurrences referred to in the sub-clause above entitled “Termination of Buyer’s Rights” arising, all sums due from the Buyer to the Company shall become immediately due and payable without deduction, set-off or counterclaim.

11. CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES

(1) THE contract shall not constitute a sale by description or sample. (2) Any conditions or warranties (whether express or implied by statute common law or otherwise or arising from conduct or a previous course of dealing or trade custom or usage) as to the quality of the Goods or their fitness for any particular purpose (as made known expressly or by implication to the Company) or as to the correspondence of the Goods with any description or sample are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

12. DEFECTIVE GOODS & PRODUCT WARRANTIES
(1) IN substitution for all rights which the Buyer would or might have but for these conditions the Company undertakes in the case of Goods supplied by the Company that if within the period of 30 days from the date of delivery of the Goods by the Company a serious defect in materials or workmanship appears in them it will at its own discretion either credit to the Buyer in full the price paid by the Buyer to the Company for them or repair them or supply a replacement of the Goods free of charge at the place of delivery specified by the Buyer for the original Goods provided that in any case the defective Goods have been accepted and paid for in full. (2) The Company’s obligations contained in the sub-clause 12(1) above are subject to: (a) the Goods having been used in an appropriate manner and or as prescribed in the operating instructions (if any). (b) faulty parts being returned to the Company at the Buyer’s expense if so requested. (c) the Goods not having been modified or repaired otherwise than by the Company or otherwise interfered with. (d) the Buyer making no further use of the Goods which are alleged to be defective after the time when the Buyer discovers or ought to have discovered that they are defective. (3) When the Company’s liability under this Condition 12 can be fulfilled by the supply of a replacement part it will arrange for delivery and undertake liability for loss or damage in transit or otherwise to the same extent as for the Buyer’s original order. Any other costs involved must be borne by the Buyer in order to exercise its right under this Condition 12. The Buyer shall inform the Company within seven days of the date when such defect appeared or ought to reasonably have been discoverable and shall return the defective Goods carriage paid to the Company’s premises. (4) Nothing herein shall impose any liability upon the Company in respect of any defect in the Goods arising out of the acts, omissions, negligence or default of the Buyer, its servants or agents including in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing any failure by the Buyer to comply with any recommendations of the Company as to storage and handling of the Goods. (5) When the Goods are for delivery by instalments, any defects in any instalment shall not be a ground for cancellation of the remainder of the instalments and the Buyer shall be bound to accept delivery thereof. (6) Without prejudice to ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THE CONDITIONS any 12-month or other warranty provided by the Company in respect of the Goods shall be construed so as to oblige the return of Goods under warranty pursuant to the completion of an RMA Request Form and the following by the Buyer of the Company’s returns process as set out in Clause 9. (7) Nothing herein shall have the effect of excluding or restricting the liability of the Company (i) for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence in so far as the exclusion of the same is prohibited by United Kingdom statute (ii) under the Consumer Protection Act 1980 Part 1. (8) In matters of maintenance and warranties for products offered or supplied, the Company cannot legislate nor be held liable or responsible for the actions of unrelated third parties including the trademark owners.

13. BUYERS DRAWINGS
THE Company shall not be liable for imperfect work caused by any inaccuracies in any drawings, bills of quantities or specifications supplied by the Buyer.

14. CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS
THE Company shall not be liable to the Buyer by reason of any representation (unless fraudulent) for any implied warranty, condition or other term, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of the Contract, for loss of profit or for any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage, costs, legal costs, fines, expenses or other claims for compensation whatsoever (whether caused by the negligence of the Company, its employees or agents or otherwise) which arise out of or in connection with the supply of the Goods (including any delay in supplying or any failure to supply the Goods in accordance with the Contract or at all) or their use or resale by the Buyer, and the entire liability of the Company under or in connection with the Contract shall not exceed the price of the Goods, except as expressly provided in these Terms.

15. DEFAULT OR INSOLVENCY OF BUYER 
IF the Buyer shall be in breach of any of its obligations under the contract or if any distress or execution shall be levied on the Buyer’s property or assets or if the Buyer shall make or offer to make any arrangement or composition with his creditors or commit any act of bankruptcy or if any bankruptcy petition be presented against him or (if the Buyer is a company) if any Resolution or Petition to wind up such company shall be passed or presented or a receiver, administrative receiver or administrator of the whole or part of such company’s undertaking property or assets shall be appointed, the Company in its discretion and without prejudice to any other contract between the Company and the Buyer or may (without prejudice to the Company’s right subsequently to determine the contract for the same cause should it so decide) by notice in writing suspend further deliveries of Goods until any defaults by the Buyer be remedied.

16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
SUBJECT as herein before provide the aggregate liability of the Company here under in contract tort or otherwise shall in no event exceed the purchase price of the Goods.

17. REPRESENTATIONS 
NO statement description information warranty condition or recommendation contained in any catalogue price list advertisement or communication or made verbally or orally by any of the agents or employees of the Company shall be construed to enlarge, vary or override in any way any of these conditions.

18. FORCE MAJEURE
THE Company shall be entitled to delay or cancel delivery or to reduce the amount delivered if it is prevented from or hindered in or delayed in manufacturing, obtaining or delivering the Goods by normal route or means of delivery through any circumstances beyond its control including but not limited to strikes, lock-outs, customs actions, accidents, war, fire, reduction in or unavailability of power at manufacturing plant, breakdown of plant or machinery or shortage or unavailability of raw materials from normal source of supply.

19. CANCELLATION
Contracts may not be cancelled except by agreement in writing of both parties and upon the payment to the Company of such amount as may be necessary to indemnify the Company against all loss resulting from the said cancellation.

20. SUB-CONTRACTING
THE Company may assign the contract with the Buyer or sub-contract the whole or any part thereof to any person firm or company.

21. HEADINGS
THE headings in these Conditions are intended for reference only and shall not affect their construction.

22. PROPER LAW
THE contract shall in all respects be governed by English Law and shall be deemed to have been made in England and the Buyer and the Company agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

23. ACCEPTANCE
ACCEPTANCE of Goods will be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Sol Distribution Limited
Artillery Business Park
Park Hall
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY11 4AD

T: +44 (0) 1691 680 830
Company Reg No: 08214757
VAT Number: 227891183

 

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Jobs

Sol Distribution can provide motivated individuals with exciting career opportunities in the UK IT sector. Our current vacancies are listed below. To apply of any of these roles, please send your CV to Graeme Sutton by clicking here.

Account manager, B2B IT Channel Sales

Data Networking Engineer

Telesales Executive

Contact Us

There are a number of ways you can contact Sol Distribution:

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Head Office

Sol Distribution Ltd.
Unit 13, Artillery Business Park
Park Hall
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY11 4AD
United Kingdom

Tel:   +44 (0) 1691 680 830
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The Sol Distribution Channel Partner Program enables resellers to deliver a diverse range of systems with comprehensive support and attractive margins, giving your company the opportunity to increase profits by winning more contracts supported by Sol Distribution and our vendor partners. We offer great prices and availability of product, unsurpassed market knowledge and service of the highest calibre. We can ensure resellers are armed with the tools needed to satisfy their customers and win additional business.

Sol Channel Partners can benefit from:

  • The most competitive pricing available
  • Superior stock availability
  • Prompt Europe-wide delivery
  • Pre-sales application and design assistance
  • Post-sales technical support
  • Free training for your sales people on how to sell our products
  • Marketing support

Our “Channel Only” Approach

Sol Distribution is a channel-only supplier, we do not deal with end users directly, and the end user relationship is always maintained by you. Our channel-only proposition means that our reseller partners can utilise our services, safe in the knowledge that Sol Distribution will never go direct to the end user. This approach also means that it is in our interest to give you every assistance we can to help you succeed and win more business.

Channel Program Benefits

The Sol Distribution Partner Program offers our partners a number of  specific benefits to help you win deals and drive growth and profitability for your business:

  • Deal Registration: Allows partners to register business opportunities, enjoy additional incentives for their registered deals. For more information, please contact Sol Distribution Channel Sales Team.
  • Partner Sales Incentives: Sol Distribution regularly runs sales ‘Reward’ incentive programs. We will announce these each quarter through the Channel Sales Team.
  • Lead Generation Program: Delivers qualified leads, generated by Sol Distribution, to partners committed to professionally managing leads on behalf of Sol Distribution.
  • Partner Events: Sol sponsors various events such as road shows, partner conferences and other technical events. Eligible partners may be invited to attend and/or participate.
  • Demonstration Unit Program: Sol Distribution work with our vendors to ensure demonstration units are available for proof of concept testing at your or your customer’s location.
  • Free Product Brochures and Sales Tools: Partners can access a range of sales tools and brochures through Sol Channel Sales Team.
  • Credit Facilities: As well as accepting BACS payments, Sol can also offer credit facilities to partners who complete an application. Authorisation usually takes between 1 and 3 days dependent on the required credit limit.

What do you do next?

You can apply to register for the Sol Channel Partner Program today by contacting us using the button below to send us an email. Once your email has been recieved you will be contacted by your dedicated account manager who will be able to talk you through the rest of the process, how to go about ordering from us and answer any further questions you may have. Alternatively you can contact a member of our team on +44 (0)1691 680 830 and we will talk you through the account application process over the phone.

All potential customers will need to fill out an account application form which can be downloaded below. Full instructions on how to proceed with the account application process are listed on the form.

Sol Distribution account application form

 

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Customer Returns

If you wish to return an order, then before returning the goods, you must fill in an RMA request form, sign and return it using the fax number provided on the form. You can download the form by clicking on the link below.

Sol Distribution RMA Request Form

Once the form has been submitted, our returns department will contact you with an RMA number. Products must not be returned without a valid Sol Distribution RMA number. Please ensure all sections of this form are filled out and that it is signed, as this will assist in the efficient and timely processing of your RMA request.

Sol Distribution will issue an RMA number at it's own discretion. Should an RMA number be issued, Sol Distribution reserves the right at it's own discretion as per Sol Distribution's Terms & Conditions (see www.sol-distribution.co.uk.co.uk), to offer to repair the goods, offer a credit for the goods or supply a replacement of the Goods.

Any 'advance replacements' will be invoiced and if the product is not returned within 10 working days, this invoice will be due for payment. Please ensure all products are returned in their original packaging (including inner and outer boxes) along with any cables, manuals and other items. Please do not mark or write on the original packaging.

Products must be returned to Sol Distribution within 10 working days of the RMA number being issued. Products received without a valid Sol Distribution RMA number or outside of 10 working days or products not in their original packaging or products returned with marked packaging will be refused.

Please enclose a copy of your completed RMA form with the products and clearly mark the RMA number on the address label and send the products back to:

Sol Distribution RETURNS DEPARTMENT
Artillery Business Park
Park Hall
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY11 4AD

 

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Shipping & Logistics

Sol Distribution has its own 10,500 ft² (975 m²) warehouse and offers a wide variety of delivery & distribution services to give resellers the confidence they need to purchase and receive their networking products within the timescales they require. The company carries large stocks of in-demand products available for immediate overnight delivery to most of Europe and can provide shipping to anywhere in the world, including a next day service to the US.

The majority of Sol Distribution’s business is in the UK and Europe where the company offers a wide variety of express services, including premium services to arrive before 9 am for customers who need their orders urgently.

Sol Distribution can also provide blind or direct shipments on a customers’ behalf, where none of Sol Distribution’s details appear on the shipments, so they appear to come direct from the reseller.

 

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Sol Distribution Vendor Partners

Sol Distribution focuses on networking products and has built up a portfolio of products which allows its resellers to differentiate themselves from their competition in specialist networking areas including Media Conversion, Wave Division Multiplexing, Optical Transport, Metro Ethernet Access, as well as further complimentary product lines aimed at data centres and ISPs and offerings for the Enterprise marketplace. Sol Distribution is looking to expand its portfolio of brands all the time, and will continue to add product lines which compliment those already carried. Below is a description of each of the vendors we currently work with:

Sol Distribution can provide a number of solutions for the Enterprise sector; in fact this is the sector that the company has traditionally sold its products into before expanding into other, more specialist markets. Enterprises today face a rapidly shifting technology landscape, where bringing your own device (BYOD) is expected by employees, whilst the strongest data security is expected by the board coming to terms with more stringent data regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

IT departments need to be flexible and innovative, and picking the best component or platform and being able to do so with complete freedom and flexibility is absolutely necessary if an enterprise is to remain competitive. With this in mind, Sol Distribution works with some of the most innovative vendors in today’s IT marketplace to provide our reseller partners products and services to differentiate their offering from the competition.

Alcatel Lucent Enterprise

LAN Infrastructure

For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as medium- and large-sized enterprises, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) provides exceptional value in highly available, secure and easy-to manage IP networks with a comprehensive, standards-based product portfolio.

ALE can provide manageable layer 2/layer 3 LAN switches, both stackable and chassis-based, supporting power over Ethernet (PoE) and interface speeds from 100 Mb/s up to 40 Gb/s for office, campus and data centre networks.

 

WLAN Infrastructure

ALE can provide a highly scalable, wireless LAN (WLAN) solution that supports the latest high-speed (IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac) access for small, medium and large networks, as well as unique remote worker feature. Enterprise services routers enabling WAN access while providing a wealth of services from a single box.

ALE’s Unified Access technology provides a common set of services for a seamless user experience across the wired and wireless LAN products, with simplified management and a full suite of BYOD services.

Brochure: ALE Data Networking Products Fold-Out

 

Rainbow

Alcatel-Lucent Rainbow™ is a cloud-based, enterprise-grade, Communication Platform (CPaaS) that connects people and systems. It creates an integrated and innovative cloud-based collaborative workspace for business users and their contacts.

The service offers contact management, presence, persistent messaging, audio/video calls, screen and file sharing. Rainbow is available for desktops and smart-phones, and is free to try.

Visit www.openrainbow.com website and try out Rainbow for free!

 

Alcatel Lucent Enterprise Rainbow Benefits

  • User efficiency - Contacts, chat, call/video, file/screen share, mobility, borderless communication
  • IT consistency - Infrastructure-agnostic, common address-book, integration with existing PBX (Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and non-ALE PBXs)
  • Process optimisation - Openness & APIs to integrate with business processes and in-house apps
  • Customer productivity - Integration of customers in end-to-end enterprise processes (BtoBtoC)

Transition Networks

Fibre integration

The challenge for many IT managers is to get their network to do more, for more users, for less. As a result, new technologies may have outpaced existing cabling infrastructures. This could mean an expensive wholesale upgrade of copper cabling to fibre, which for many businesses is impractical.

Another solution is to use Transition Networks solutions to migrate to a fibre-based cabling system at a fraction of the cost. Transition Networks solutions can link new fibre cabling with legacy copper-based network devices – including RJ-45 based switches, routers, and NICs – to greatly reduce the expense of a fibre upgrade while improving bandwidth, distance and security throughout the enterprise.

Brochure: Transition Networks Enterprise Brochure

Viavi Solutions

Performance Management

IT service delivery is critical to business success. With an influx of emerging technologies and the rapid rate of change, network managers need end-to-end insight and complete visibility from the physical infrastructure and storage to the network and newest applications.

Using proprietary packet capture technology, the Viavi performance management solution offers the ability to mine network data and apply deep packet analytics to optimise resources in real time. This powerful toolset features fast capture rates and over a petabyte of storage capacity. This means you can immediately apply insights for predictive planning, issue prevention, troubleshooting, problem resolution, and network fine-tuning.

Test and monitor the interconnections between data centres and branch offices to help ensure the WAN connections do not become bottlenecks. The Viavi performance management solution can assist in determining whether your WAN provider may be impacting performance.

Distributed analysis keeps data cruising with 360° network visibility and provides access from high-level health views to individual data packets. You also get insight into latency-sensitive applications – plus advanced troubleshooting muscle with predictive analysis for managing distributed networks, increased bandwidth demands, and more.

What network teams need most is instant access to comprehensive network health and monitoring from the physical to the application layer. Viavi’s enterprise performance management solution provides comprehensive insight into network, storage, applications, and infrastructure.

Help ensure your network environment is fully optimised with real-time and historical summary dashboards, traffic flow analytics, utilisation metrics, and a snapshot of your delivery system. Maximise the lifetime value of your network infrastructure by following best practices and certifying the construction to industry standards.

Brochure: Viavi Observer Platform Overview

 

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Industrial Networking Solutions

Networking is not just confined to offices and datacentres. Increasingly the industrial sectors of the economy are undergoing a transformation as everything from industrial control systems, to vehicles and even the robots used in manufacturing need to connect to the Internet.

Equipment designed for these applications often has to stand up to extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dirt, and hazardous locations prone to explosion or fire. Products used in these applications need to be manufactured according to strict guidelines and tested to ensure compliance with industry standards.

Sol Distribution can provide a number of different solutions for a variety of industrial environments and applications, and also has a network of resellers and systems integrators that can have a wealth of experience in the sector, and can assist in the implementation of industrial networks.

Transition Networks

Industrial Switching & Media Conversion

The network needs of Industrial or hardened environments require rugged media converters and hardened Ethernet switches and SFPs that can operate effectively and efficiently under extreme conditions, improve network performance and reduce operational expenses.

The proliferation of these technologies has expedited the need for industrial networks that can handle the large volumes of data efficiently, securely, and reliably. Industrial environments mandate a different class of products to handle the extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dirt, and hazardous locations prone to explosion or fire. Products used in these applications need to be manufactured according to strict guidelines and tested to ensure compliance with industry standards. In order to meet the requirements of these applications, many industrial companies are partnering with Transition Networks for products that solve their most demanding industrial communication needs.

Transition Networks designs the most reliable fiber integration products engineered for hardened environments bringing the security, intelligence and global support to manage your network for a lifetime. Our products are Class 1, Div 2 certified for hazardous, transportation and other settings that are exposed to shock, vibration, and uncontrolled temperatures. These solutions deliver affordable and reliable integration in any data network – in any application – in any environment.

Brochure: Transition Networks Industrial Solutions

 

Power Generation Transmission & Distribution

Power, transmission & distribution (PT&D) applications have real-time dependencies on data acquisition, protection, control and performance, which require a highly reliable and integrated communications network. Due to these dependencies, Ethernet has become the preferred communication network architecture for global PT&D applications, such as, Power Plants, Substations and entire SMART GRID systems.

Built to ease the migration to Ethernet, Transition Networks’ Industrial Ethernet products combine fibre-optic and wired Ethernet platforms, improving reliability and security and allowing for better visibility and control of data throughout your network. Designed and certified to operate reliably in harsh environments, Transition Networks’ Industrial Ethernet products are ideal for use in several power utilities applications.

Substation Automation

Substations are a significant part of the power generation, transmission and distribution system and are a vital element of the SMART grid. Substations utilize Ethernet networked power switching, protection and control equipment, and transformers to control and convert electrical power. This mission critical equipment requires reliable data communication. Transition Networks’ INDURA Substation Ethernet switches provide the secure and reliable connection necessary for substation applications. Designed to guarantee smooth integration, security and reliability, the INDURA switches provide lower cost of ownership and increased overall dependability. With IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 certifications, the Indura platform combines leading industrial substation standards with Carrierclass attributes not found in any industrial product today.

Datasheet: Indura Industrial Managed Switches

 

Hazardous Environments

Transition Networks offers a complete line of Class 1, Div 2 certified industrial Ethernet products designed for use in hazardous locations. Class 1, Div 2 certification ensures safety from explosion due to gases, vapours and liquids that may exist in environments such as, wastewater treatment plants, chemical industries, oil exploration and production facilities, gas pipeline and distribution centres, mining and agribusiness, among others.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a network equipment supplier, Transition Networks has the expertise to design industrial products to meet the high demands of the factory floor, process, outdoor enclosures and hazardous environments for reliable and safe operation. All completely backed by an unsurpassed Lifetime Warranty, Transition will ensure that your entire industrial network lasts as long as your plant or process.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Ruggedised Switches, Access Points and Routers

OmniSwitch 6855 Series Hardened Switches

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch™ 6855 Ethernet Hardened LAN Switch models are industrial grade, managed, Gigabit Ethernet switches designed to operate reliably in harsh electrical and severe temperature environments.

This superior, rugged hardware design coupled with the widely deployed and field proven Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS), makes it ideal for the following:

  • Industrial and mission-critical applications - locations that require devices to operate at wider operating temperatures, have more stringent EMC/EMI requirements and have an optimized feature set for high security, reliability, performance and easy management.
  • Applications requiring Gigabit backbone connectivity - power utilities, transportation and traffic control systems, industrial factory floor installations, video surveillance systems and outdoor installations.
  • The target applications for these versatile LAN switches are power utilities, transportation and traffic control systems, industrial factory floor installations, video surveillance systems and outside installations, all requiring the benefits and performance of IP and Gigabit Ethernet.

 

OmniSwitch 6865 Series Hardened Switches

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6865®is a family of ruggedised, advanced Layer 3, scalable Ethernet switches, designed to operate reliably in the harshest industrial environments and severe temperatures.

OS6865 switches are rugged, high bandwidth switches that are ideal for industrial and mission-critical applications that require wider operating temperature ranges, stringent EMC/EMI requirements and an optimised feature set for high security, reliability, performance and easy management. These switches run on the widely deployed and field-proven Alcatel-Lucent Operating system offering SPB-M based VPNs and other advanced routing and switching capabilities.

The OS6865 series offers a unique mix of features to cater to the Hardened Ethernet applications HPoE for (75W PoE) for those power hungry devices on the access network, SPB-M for fast, cost-efficient roll-out of VPN services on the edge and a comprehensive suite of security features  to secure the network edge. These switches are easy to deploy with Alcatel Lucent’s award winning Intelligent-Fabric technology which offers out-of-the-box plug-and-play, Zero-touch provisioning and network automation. These switches are future ready with the HW designed to support IEEE 1588v2 PTP capabilities for timing requirements of industrial devices. The OS6865 family offers advanced system and network level resiliency features and convergence through standardised protocols.

These versatile industrial switches are ideal for deployment in transportation and traffic control systems, power utilities, video surveillance systems and outdoor installations.

OmniAccess ESR Rugged Routers

Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 5725 Enterprise Services Routers (ESR) are highly intelligent industrial-grade routers that deliver secure and reliable broadband IP connectivity to vehicles, as well as SCADA telemetry and remote control networks. Their possible uses include vehicle connectivity, Smart Grid deployment, pipelines and other industrial environments.

Thanks to the integrated Ethernet switch, OmniAccess ESR routers are capable of serving a large number of intelligent electronic devices at the remote site without additional equipment.  They contain the full top-of-the-line routing and switching features of the rest of the OmniAccess ESR router line.

The router can guarantee optimum performance and maximum security in communications among multiple services in different IP networks. It multiplexes remote site communications using embedded cellular broadband or DSL links. Maximum reliability communication is guaranteed thanks to a full range of management, supervision and backup functions.

Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess ESR routers are equipped with the intelligence required for the efficient implementation of highly secured, scalable and permanently available communication services based on broadband links. Communications’ security is supported with state of the art low latency hardware encryption, and the most complete stack of VPN protocols and firewalling techniques.

 

OmniAccess 270 Series Outdoor Access Points

The innovative Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess® 270 series outdoor wireless access points (APs) are aesthetically designed to deliver gigabit Wi-Fi® performance to 802.11ac mobile devices under any weather conditions. The OmniAccess 270 series is also the only outdoor AP that enables 802.11n clients to operate three times faster at greater distances.

Datasheet: OmniAccess 270 Series Outdoor Access Points

 

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As well as supplying products from an individual manufacturer, Sol Distribution can also provide tailored solutions for various sectors. Click the links below to view the products we carry relating to specific sectors such as enterprise, security or industrial.

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Who are we?

Sol Distribution is a UK-based value-added distributor of networking infrastructure solutions and their associated services, based in Oswestry, Shropshire, and serving a community of resellers and systems integrators across the UK and Europe. Sol’s main focus is on data networking, and specialises in datacentre, enterprise and industrial applications. The company provide solutions in several specialist networking areas including enterprise switching and routing, wireless LAN, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), network management and monitoring, and optical networking.

Sol Distribution is an official distribution partner of, ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel Lucent Enterprise, Cumulus Networks, RAD Data Communications, Transition Networks and Viavi Solutions. Sol is a channel-only distributor; we take a project-led, consultative, and collaborative approach, working with our channel partner network to generate demand and deliver market growth at end-user level. Our vision has always been the same: to serve our customers well, deliver quality products and services on time, keep our promises, look after our staff and manage the business efficiently.

 

We do:

  • Put customers first
  • Focus on data networking
  • Have a complimentary solution set – no competing products where possible
  • Have a customer service driven ethos

 

We are:

  • Straightforward and honest
  • Flexible, with excellent levels of service
  • Adaptable, not just process driven like big distributors
  • Forward thinking “we anticipate problems before they come up”
  • Pro-active not reactive
  • Vertically focussed to reflect the resellers and vendors we work with

 

The benefits of doing business with us:

  • We hold stock
  • We offer credit
  • You will have a dedicated account manager
  • We provide solutions for your customers & margins for you
  • You can benefit from targeted marketing / sales support
  • We are easy to do business with
  • The personalities of our team sets us apart from the competition

 

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Welcome to Sol Distribution

Sol Distribution is a UK-based value-added distributor of networking infrastructure solutions, serving a community of resellers and systems integrators across the UK and Europe. The company is based in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Sol Distribution is an official distribution partner of ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel Lucent Enterprise, Cumulus Networks, Net2Edge, RAD Data Communications, Starview International, Transition Networks and Viavi Solutions. Sol is a channel-only distributor; we take a project-led, consultative, and collaborative approach, working with our channel partner network to generate demand and deliver market growth at end-user level.

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