Dubbed B5 and C5, Enterasys Networks has updated its line of B3 and C3 stackable switches to support IEEE 802.3 at compliant high-power PoE. As mentioned in this Network Computing article, the company says its refreshed stackables improve its Power over Ethernet and 10GbE options as well as its policy management software.
“The B5 and C5 family of switches are not backwards stack with the existing B3 and C3 family of switches. ‘We didn’t want to interstack, because if you stack switches from previous generations, which we have done in the past, you have to limit switches to a common denominator,’ says Karl Pieper, product manager. The new generation switch also offers improved policy capability because the next generation of ASICs allowed Enterasys to define up to eight policy users on a single port, where the B3 and C3 family supported three policy users.”