Networker Cabletron is investing $20 million to take a minority stake in switching specialist Ipsilon. Cabletron will integrate Ipsilon?s hardware and software into its product line-up in a bid to help extend its SecureFast switched network architecture across large networks.
Larry Blair, Ipsilon?s marketing VP, said that the deal would not affect Ipsilon?s existing supply deals with other manufacturers including Digital, 3Com and IBM. Cabletron?s stake will be under 10 per cent of Ipsilon.
Cabletron said that it would use Ipsilon?s IP switching technology to provide high-speed links between data centres, and that its SecureFast technology would continue to provide switched connectivity between desktop PCs and the data centre. Cabletron said that the combined technologies would allow the two companies to offer fully switched enterprise networks without the bottlenecks caused by traditional routers. The companies also announced future plans to implement the Ipsilon Flow Management Protocol into Cabletron SmartSwitches.
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