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Allen-Bradley Stratix 2500 lightly managed switch

August 2017 IT in Manufacturing

Manufacturers that use unmanaged network switches but struggle with downtime or security concerns now have an alternative to using managed switches. The Allen-Bradley Stratix 2500 lightly managed switch from Rockwell Automation provides the security, resiliency, segmentation and bandwidth-optimisation benefits of a managed switch without the need for extensive configuration.

“Unmanaged switches deliver the network connectivity required for less complex industrial applications, but they can’t provide diagnostics, manage traffic or enhance security,” said Christo Buys, business manager for control systems, Rockwell Automation sub-Saharan Africa. “Manufacturers need a more robust switch when issues like packet storms are bringing down their network, or if they want to protect against growing security threats. This is where a lightly managed option like the Stratix 2500 switch delivers exceptional value.”

Scalable configuration

When installed straight out of the box, the Stratix 2500 industrial Ethernet switch can prioritise critical industrial network traffic. It can also be configured for application-specific needs. Manufacturers can use this flexibility to futureproof their operations by deploying the switch out of the box today and scaling it up to a lightly managed switch as their needs evolve.

As a lightly managed switch, the Stratix 2500 switch far exceeds the capabilities of an unmanaged switch by monitoring and optimising traffic flow and providing diagnostic information to help minimise downtime. It can also support up to 64 VLANs for logical segmentation, which helps reduce total cost of ownership. In addition, port security allows users to disable ports or control end-device connectivity based on the media access control address.

The Stratix 2500 lightly managed switch uses embedded Cisco technology and is part of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system. This helps ease network configuration, management and support while optimising integration with the enterprise network.

“With embedded Cisco technology, the Stratix 2500 switch delivers the security and monitoring capabilities required by IT professionals while exposing an easy-to-use web interface for operations professionals,” said Samuel Pasquier, director of product management, IoT Platforms, Cisco.

The switch is another result of the ongoing collaboration between Rockwell Automation and Cisco to provide industrial networking solutions that help manufacturers on their digital transformation journey.

For more information contact Christo Buys, Rockwell Automation, +27 (0)11 654 9700, cbuys@ra.rockwell.com, www.rockwellautomation.co.za


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