Wednesday 16 November 2022

Next-generation Ethernet switches.

The launch of Moxa's next-generation Ethernet managed switch portfolio designed to futureproof networks and accelerate digital transformation in the IIoT era has been announced.

Moxa’s expanded portfolio consists of EDS-4000/G4000 Series DIN-rail switches, MDS-G4000-4XGS Series modular DIN-rail switches, and RKS-G4028 Series rackmount switches, all optimized to build robust, secure, and easily scalable networks from edge to core.

“Industrial networks are rapidly evolving with seamless data transmission becoming the linchpin to success, especially in IT/OT converged applications,” said Gary Chang, Product Manager at Moxa Networking. “However, the pace of this change is becoming a challenge for network administrators, as they attempt to balance today’s investments with its expected benefits in the future. Moxa’s new switches overcome this challenge by fulfilling future scalability requirements combined with hardened engineering and multiple industrial certifications.”

The newest switches ensure continuous, reliable transmission of real-time surveillance feeds and other high-volume data by supporting Turbo Ring and Turbo Chain (recovery < 20ms), dual isolated redundant power supplies, along with STP/RSTP/MSTP for network redundancy. Moxa MXstudio software is supported by all models to achieve easier, fully visualized network management.

Models in the portfolio include:

  • The EDS-4000/G4000 Series of DIN-rail Ethernet managed switches offer a comprehensive selection of 68 models ranging from 8 to 14 ports with features such as 90-watt 802.3bt PoE and 2.5 GbE Connectivity. Compliant with the IEC 62443-4-2 security standard, these hardened switches carry multiple industrial certifications for railway, marine, power, ITS, and other demanding applications.
  • The RKS-G4028 Series of rackmount full Gigabit Ethernet managed switches are available in 22 models with up to 28 full Gigabit ports and 802.3bt PoE++ support. The switches are compliant with the IEC 62443-4-2 security standard and IEC 61850-3/IEEE 1613, plus IEEE 1588 PTP for high-precision time synchronization.
  • The MDS-G4000-4XGS Series of modular DIN-rail Ethernet managed switches provide a choice of up to 24 Gigabit and 4 10GbE Ethernet ports. Compliant with multiple industrial certifications, the switches are housed in a die-cast frame with superior vibration, wide temperature range, and shock resistance for robust reliability. It is also hot-swappable so if one of its modules fails, it can be replaced without interrupting the operation of the switch.

Digital transformation is fundamentally changing industrial networking. For example, as sustainability initiatives push organizations to invest in renewable energy, power infrastructures must adapt to variable and decentralized energy sources. Power grid systems are being automated to perfectly balance supply with demand to avoid potential downtime and maximize performance. Resilient, security-hardened industrial switches are critical for enabling complex connectivity while also keeping the network safe.

A similar trend is happening in the transportation field. With the prospect of widespread use of autonomous vehicles on the horizon, more devices will need to be connected to the road network infrastructure so that agencies can monitor and manage transportation systems. These networks will need switches with the built-in scalability to handle future increases in data volume.

Following the supply disruptions in recent years, organizations also need greater agility combined with adaptive production plans to keep up with market demands, especially in unpredictable circumstances like those experienced during the pandemic. The flexibility of the industrial switches is the key to success.

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