Cisco is aiming to increase its market share in the mid-market and enterprise workgroups area, with the launch of a range of desktop stackable switches.
The Catalyst 3512XL, 3524 XL and 3508XL switches allow network engineers to use a standard Web browser to manage geographically-dispersed switches through a single IP address.
Up to 16 switches can be interconnected in order to form a single IP address network using Cisco Switch Clustering technology.
The connectivity options include Ethernet, fast Ethernet and gigabit Ethernet.
Starting prices for the three Cisco products are $2,495 (£1,540), $ 3,495 (£2,157) and $4,995 (£3,083), respectively.
Meanwhile, Asita Technologies has launched a router-switch range that it said will offer enterprise performance and functionality at less than half the price of rival solutions.
The German networking vendor was one of many Euro start-ups pushing their products at the Internet World 99 trade show held in London last week.
The Router2Go range features an embedded real-time operating system and can be both configured and managed using a Web-based user interface.
Due for release next month, the first product in the range will feature two ATM and 12 Ethernet ports, with load balancing and fail over facilities on both.
Asita CEO, Uros Janko, said the Router2Go range would be the first in a series of new products from the company this year.
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