Change is afoot in the remote access industry, with several networking vendors initiating strategies in the past week, hoping to cash in on an area earmarked for explosive growth.
Bay Networks announced a remote access concentrator, the 8000 RAC. The product is aimed at the ISP market and features 56Kbps options, integrated routing capabilities and software upgradability using Digital Signal Processing modem technology. The product will ship in October, with prices starting at $19,995 (#12,735).
Cabletron also has a new offering, adding to its CyberSwitch line. The CSXDIG 24+ and 30+ are high speed 56Kbps modems, while the CSX5500 is a low-end product. The former will be sold at #363 per port and the latter two, priced between #130 and #530 per port, depending on options. All three will start shipping in September.
Mitel, meanwhile, announced it is to acquire Gandalf''s technology business for $14.9 million. The company said its main interest in the group is its remote access business, including the Xpress range of products.
"The acquisition of Gandalf's remote access business and technology is an excellent complement to our other initiatives in bringing telecommunications and computers together," said John Millard, Mitel's president and CEO.
According to estimates from analyst the Gartner Group, there will be 60 million remote access users by 2000. This growth will mainly be fuelled by increasing demand from users wanting to access their corporate intranets from remote sites.
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