Two promising network start-ups were snapped up last week by bigger players, continuing the market's consolidation trend. Ipsilon, once touted as the primary threat to Cisco's dominance, was bought by Nokia for $120 million (#72.7 million). Ipsilon was a pioneer in the development of IP switching, enabling the high-speed routing of IP packets over ATM backbones. The innovative technology was seen as an alternative to Cisco technologies like tag switching. Nokia plans to port the technology to its broadband multimedia development efforts and to its wireless network. Ipsilon's was the fate of all pioneering startups, commented one US analyst. "All missionaries eventually get eaten in the pot," said Frank Dzubeck, president of consultancy firm Communication Network Architects. "Missionary work is the last thing you want to do." Meanwhile, fellow startup Prominet was nabbed by Lucent for $200 million (#121.2 million). Prominet is one of a bevy of Gigabit Ethernet startups that have stormed into data networking with Layer 3 switches - or routing switches. With the buy, Lucent continues its push into the data networking arena. This year has already seen the company snap up Livingston, a remote access vendor, and Agile Networks, an ATM hardware company. Virginia Brooks, an analyst at the Aberdeen Group research firm, said that Lucent, charging in from the voice world, is packing munitions for a head-to-head battle with Cisco, which is marching in from the data world. Convergence of voice and data on a single network has shown signs of taking off in the past six months. "Cisco has had to pay attention to Lucent for a while," Brooks said. "We knew it would get more competitive, and it shouldn't surprise us that it has."
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