LAN Switches used on military transport ships

Experts at Computer Systems International (CSI) in Chesapeake, Va., needed a reliable, fault-tolerant local-area network (LAN) switch for information systems aboard 134 surface ships of the Washington-based Military Sealift Command.

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LAN Switches used on military transport ships

Experts at Computer Systems International (CSI) in Chesapeake, Va., needed a reliable, fault-tolerant local-area network (LAN) switch for information systems aboard 134 surface ships of the Washington-based Military Sealift Command.

Engineers at Plaintree Systems in Newton, Mass., met their requirements with their WaveSwitch 4800, an FDDI/Fast Ethernet switch.

In the "Ship of the Future" project, Military Sealift Command officials will upgrade from passive fiber Ethernet. As ships are re-deployed to new assignments, on-board information systems need improvements to keep pace with operations.

Choosing CSI was not a simple matter. Military Sealift Command officials asked CSI to perform extensive stress testing of the industry`s leading LAN switch products for Ship of the Future.

"We found Plaintree`s WaveSwitch 4800 to be the best solution for MSC`s shipboard LANs because of its industry standards-based technology, high port density, reliability, and fault-tolerance," says Gary Orrego, MSC Technical Manager for CSI.

MSC officials say they plan to deploy 20 ships with Plaintree WaveSwitch 4800s before September 1997.

The WaveSwitch 4800 provides as many as 32 interfaces on eight four-port modules. The switch features full RMON support, 4096 addresses per FastLinx module, VLANs, SmartVIPS, SmartSAP, ChannelCas, and redundant power. - J.M.

For more information on the WaveSwitch 4800 and Plaintree systems contact Paul Weiss by phone at 617-965-5811, by fax at 617 965 2466, by mail at Plaintree Systems, 150 Wells Avenue, Newton, Mass., 02159, by e-mail at pweiss@plaintree.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.plaintree.com.

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Experts at Computer Systems International in Chesapeake, Va., are using the WaveSwitch 4800 from Plaintree Systems in Newton, Mass. for shipboard information systems on 134 ships for Washington-based Military Sealift Command.

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