Rockwell Automation released its Allen-Bradley Stratix 2500 lightly managed switch, focused on providing the additional security, resiliency, segmentation and bandwidth-optimization benefits of a managed switch without requiring extensive configuration. This new switch is designed for manufacturers that use unmanaged network switches and are seeking to upgrade to a lightly managed switch to help solve their challenges regarding downtime or security.
When installed straight out of the box, the Stratix 2500 industrial Ethernet switch can help to prioritize critical industrial network traffic. It also can be configured for application-specific needs. Manufacturers can use this flexibility to help to further 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 extends the capabilities of an unmanaged switch by monitoring and further optimizing traffic flow and providing diagnostic information to help minimize downtime. It also can support up to 64 VLANs for logical segmentation, which helps to 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 to ease network configuration, management and support while further optimizing integration with the enterprise network.
Keywords: Industrial Network Switch, Industrial Ethernet, Diagnostic Information, Managed Switches, Port Security, ARC Advisory Group.