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Enterasys unveils 10-Gigabit Ethernet Strategy
Enterasys Networks has announced 10-Gigabit Ethernet networking for LANs, WANs and MANs. Enterasys will first deliver 10-Gigabit capabilities in its Matrix switching platform and follow with similar offerings in its X-Pedition switch routing and Vertical Horizon switching lines.

Enterasys' 10-Gigabit offerings are best suited for the network edge where enterprise LANs meets high-capacity optical metropolitan networks. These are targeted at organizations that have maximized the capacity of their installed fiber optic cabling and campus business-to-business networks.

Enterasys' 10-Gigabit program is based on the concept of "Unlocking the Optical Internet Application," (UTOPIA). Enterasys' first 10-Gigabit Ethernet product, which will be delivered in the second half of 2001, will be an aggregation device with 10-Gigabit transport capabilities for enterprise LAN and MAN networks.

Alopa Networks ties up with RiverDelta Networks
Bangalore based, Alopa Networks, specialist in the broadband subscriber service solutions market, has tied up with RiverDelta Networks Inc., a carrier-class broadband routing, switching, and service management systems provider, to provide Multiple Systems Operators (MSOs) with an integrated Open-Access based

self-provisioning solution for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS).

The availability of DOCSIS 1.1 network equipment will accelerate the introduction of new and advanced services because now MSOs will

have greater control over the services they can deliver, everything from voice over IP and gaming to virtual private networks and remote access for businesses.

Computer Associates bags two awards
Computer Associates International, has announced that Unicenter TNG, its enterprise management solution for eBusiness, and ARCserve 2000, its enterprise storage solution, have received Network Magazine's Product of the Year Awards.

Network Magazine's Product of the Year Awards are presented annually to products and services for both the enterprise and the new public network. The editors of Network Magazine selected Unicenter TNG as the "Management Platform of the Year" and ARCserve 2000 as the "Storage Management Solution of the Year" based on their broad appeal to the publication's reader base, their competitive advantages, price/performance, technical ingenuity, new features and applications, and serviceability to the market. CA was the only software company to have two products selected for this prestigious award.

Enterasys & Siemens offer solutions for convergence market
Enterasys Networks has entered into an alliance with Siemens Ltd., to offer converged networks for the Indian Enterprise market. Enterasys in association with Siemens will offer convergence architectures, voice, data and VoIP solutions for markets as diverse as call centres, ASPs, datacentres and other enterprise networks.

While Enterasys will focus on network connectivity, network management, network security and next generation application-enabling services, Siemens will focus on voice and converged technologies and applications and provide the integration, implementation and maintenance of the customer's converged infrastructure.

3Com: A Strategy of Adaptation
3Com, formerly one of the leading players in the WAN core business area, has gradually shifted its strategy to capitalize on the gigabit Ethernet and wireless technology domains.

Ever since 3Com moved out of high-end wide area networking for large enterprise business, around the same time last year, there has been a lot of speculation about what exactly constitutes its current core business competency. Commenting on this strategic decision, Ramgopal Vallath, country sales manager, 3Com, Mumbai, says, "This move has been interpreted in various ways. We decided to primarily focus on high-growth products and exit out of low-end products."

Two factors propelled 3Com's exit from the router arena. World wide, it was a declining business. Also the stiff competition in the wake of the

introduction of cable and DSL modems by broadband players was eroding the market further. 3Com was incurring a huge loss in the WAN router segment for enterprise business. "Routers was a loss making proposition for 3Com and the kind of R&D and production development we had to invest in, wasn't giving us the expected RoI," says Vallath.

Besides routers, ATM is another technology 3Com has abandoned. "Though ATM is still being used on existing legacy networks of some government departments and PSUs, it is a dying technology in the enterprise market. Hence, we are strongly focusing on gigabit Ethernet, for large enterprises," points out Vallath.

The past couple of years, world over, small and medium enterprises have been fuelling business for networking vendors. More so in India, with a very high density of SMEs, most are dedicating a large portion of their budget for information technology and network infrastructure. "Recognizing this huge potential, we shifted our focus to the SME segment," says Vallath.

However, 3Com hasn't quite shut doors to the large enterprise segment. 3Com has a full range of products starting with NICs with built-in redundancy, unmanaged switches with gigabit on copper and high-end switches.

In tune with its plan to further the cause of gigabit in the country, 3Com launched a series of switches in the past six months, all of which by default come with additional gigabit ports.

3Com launched the Switch 4000 series to replace the CoreBuilder range, which is backward compatible. Switch 4900 was launched in February and is a standalone switch with 12-16 gigabit ports and a performance capability of 24 billion packets per second. Besides, it is upgradable to Layer 3 switch.

3Com is also planning the launch of switches in the unmanaged range targeted at medium enterprises. Switch 3C16468, which has 24 ports of 10/100 Base T and one port of 1000 BaseT is an auto sensing switch. Vallath claims, "If you have a hybrid network on Ethernet, fast Ethernet and gigabit Ethernet, the entire network can be connected on the same switch, as it autosenses between these ranges."

Another important focus area for 3Com is wireless. "Connectivity is going to become untethered. Wireless will offer 'subconscious connectivity'. Tremendous demand for bandwidth and seamless connectivity will drive the future and hence 3Com is initiating a lot of R&D in this area," points out Vallath.

For small enterprises, 3 Com has an entire suit of end-to-end solutions:

  • 3Com has AirConnect, a wireless LAN product for offices and small organizations. For instance, one can walk around within the office premise with a laptop and yet be connected at a high bandwidth of 11mbps.
  • An ISDN LAN modem, which performs the functions of a router, hub and a modem.
  • Small office firewalls for security, which support 25, 100 or 10,000 users. The firewall updates itself automatically from the 3Com website once a week.
  • A suit of print, file and e-mail servers complements these products.

Another focus area is LAN telephony. "This is a high growth market, because there's a big call centre market in India and we will be launching a product called NBX," informs Vallath. This product he claims has a 64 percent market share in the U.S.

3Com is riding on a strategy that demands adapting to the changing market dynamics. With its focus now on gigabit Ethernet and wireless, which are also driving the networking market, will 3Com freeze this strategy for sometime to come? Or will the flux in market dynamics persuade it to alter its course again?

Shubha Murthy can be reached at shubha_m24@hotmail.com

Microsoft & Unisys join hands for Datacenter Solutions
Microsoft Corporation and Unisys India have entered into an alliance to provide Indian enterprises with solutions for mission critical computing. The partnership is targeted at industry verticals such as banking, IT services and retail and will provide them with solutions based on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, with hardware and service support from Unisys.

Microsoft Datacenter Server operating system will be pre-loaded on Unisys hardware, after being tested and certified by Microsoft for license and support.

Unisys India will offer the Windows 2000 Datacenter Server on its e-@ction Enterprise Server ES 7000. Unisys will pre-install the software and offer 24x7 support.

Pre-configured LAN launched by DAX
DAX has launched Insta-Lan 25, a pre-configured LAN, which helps integrate multiple telephone lines; enabling network applications such as inter office communication, remote access, videoconferencing and Internet.

Insta-Lan 25 comes in five variants starting from the entry level True Connect (supporting 12 data ports) to Spectra Connect (supporting 96 data ports).

All models come with a Fast Ethernet Rackmounted Switch. The Port count of the switch depends on the number of data ports on the particular Insta-Lan 25 model. Each port in the switch has a corresponding Patch panel port.

Additional patch panel ports are provided for voice applications. Targeted at the SME segment, Insta-Lan 25 connectivity products range from Internet sharing to inter branch routing.

All active and passive products are neatly mounted on a 15u rack, and are scalable up to 96 nodes.
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