IBM said today it is still firmly committed to ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) as the broadband technology of the future, despite the advances of Gigabit Ethernet into the arena.
Chris Blenkhorn, network consultant at IBM UK, said at the ATM show at Olympia, London, today: ?Our belief is that ATM will provide the best way forward for some time to come?.
That coincided with the launch of a switch that IBM claimed will increase network performance fourfold.
Despite the strong ATM stance, Blenkhorn said his company was still keeping its options open on Gigabit Ethernet. He said: ?IBM has a portfolio of Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and other technologies as well.?
ATM, said Blenkhorn, was still regarded as the best solution for campus networks because it supports fast video streaming as well as voice and data in large corporations. He insisted that customers talked to were still actively considering implementing ATM, rather than fast switched solutions, despite all the hype around Gigabit.
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