IBM has released high performance Ethernet switch capabilities, claiming it will aggressively chase a hefty share of this market, expected to be worth $10 billion by 2000.
"You will see a lot of high level switches coming from us in the next couple of months," commented Steve Simon, development manager for IBM. "We plan to have an aggressive next generation of switches rolled out in three-month cycles."
"We plan to be faster to market than our competitors by drawing on our global capabilities in this area," he added.
IBM maintains that the products will allow customers to meet bandwidth requirements on existing applications and ensure that future demands do not force them into making expensive infrastructure changes.
The company unveiled new models of its Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch 8275 and 8271 Nways Ethernet Lan switch, as well as enhancements to the 8265 Nways ATM backbone switch. IBM also announced 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet adapters for desktop and Netfinity servers.
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