High end Ethernet switch developer Lannet is to break free from owner Madge Networks in September, after three years together.
Madge, which manufactures Token Ring products, acquired Lannet in 1995 to help it gain a foothold in the upcoming ATM market. But Brian McBride, Lannet's vice president of worldwide sales and operations, admitted the three-year relationship "has not helped us".
Madge?s dream collapsed as ATM failed to take off as well as it had hoped, and it was overshadowed by Bay Networks and 3Com, which grew through merger and acquisition.
McBride said his company now feels invigorated and is focused on the high end, high performance Ethernet switching niche.
The company yesterday claimed to be the first to market a multilayer switch that enables corporates to run Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and ATM networks simultaneously.
Lannet claims other multiprotocol switches enable users to run only one protocol at a time.
The Lannet Meritage 1400 features its Safer (switch architecture for extreme resilience) technology, which allows users to divide the chassis into multiple redundant switches.
Meritage boasts an aggregate throughput of up to 90Gbps and sports a 14-slot modular design.
The product also works with Lannet?s Smon multilayer switch management application, which gives users switching analysis of the entire network.
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