Bay Networks has announced a strategy to ensure predictable and reliable network performance for business critical applications.
Unveiling the programme at the Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas, Bay said it would, over the next few months, reveal more details about its plans.
Key to the strategy is adding ?application intelligence?, the ability to distinguish between data streams from different applications, to various components throughout the network. Bay claimed this functionality would be introduced without a penalty in price, complexity or performance.
A basic network switch operates at Layer 2 of the network. To be able to prioritise, for instance, SAP R/3 users above Web surfers, the switch must have access to the higher network layers. Bay intends to extend this application intelligence to the edge of the network, rather than just the backbone.
The company promised to "all but eliminate" the price difference between a Level 2 switch and a Level2/Level 3 switch, and between Ethernet and ATM solutions.
Bay also announced a number of products that fit into the new strategy. One of them is the Accelar 1050 Routing Switch, a standalone fixed configuration unit with 12 10/100 autosensing ports and one Gigabit Ethernet port. It will offer application prioritisation. The device will ship in July for a list price of $7,495.
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