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Solution Spotlight: Virtual PoE Stacking for Government Applications

Government IT infrastructure comprises a complex, diverse array of connected devices. This can include public wireless access points throughout the jurisdiction, security or traffic cameras, VoIP phone systems throughout multiple government buildings, and many more. Many of these devices require Power over Ethernet (PoE) to function. To help you power and manage all of these devices efficiently, we offer a robust PoE Virtual Stacking open network solution. This article explains how it works.

What It Looks Like

Virtual Stacking

This PoE solution uses the leaf-and-spine framework that has become the standard data center architecture. As depicted above, the “spine” consists of 10G open network switches, which support 1G “leaves” with 48 RJ45 ports. These switches can support a combination of PoE, PoE+, and ultra PoE (uPoE) to accommodate a wide range of device requirements, according to the chart below:

PoEPoE+uPoE
Simultaneous Power Ports Available48248
Watts/Port153060

This high-performance hardware is complemented by PicOS open network software from Pica8.

Solution Benefits

The key to this solution is the virtual stacking enabled by the PicOS software. This can radically improve operational efficiency: using this solution, a network operator to manage up to 192 devices from a singe IP address! This is a compelling alternative to less modular, scalable chassis-based models. Additionally, PicOS offers flexible deployment, so this solution’s configuration can be tailored to best suit your needs. Lastly, open network methodology provides cost advantages over traditional “closed” system alternatives. If you are interested in making this solution a key component of your network infrastructure, contact us today to set up a preliminary consultation.

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