Hewlett-Packard and Fore Systems are to joint develop an integrated ethernet and ATM switch solution.
Under an agreement announced last week, the two companies will work on the development of an ATM solution for HP's AdvanceStack Switch 2000 which will integrate switched ATM and ethernet environments for HP customers.
The ATM module for HP's Advance-Stack Switch will allow users to integrate existing ethernet workgroups, based on 10BaseT, 100BaseT, 100VG-AnyLAN and FDDI, with ATM backbones. This, the companies claimed, will improve the performance of existing networks and allow ethernet networks to connect to ATM application servers. When integrated with an ATM module, HP's AdvanceStack Switch 2000 would act as an edge device from the ATM side while at the same time acting as a switch from the LAN side.
"Our aim is to enable customers to integrate all leading ethernet technologies with ATM in an HP network solution," explained Gary McAnally, general manager of HP's workgroup networks division. "This will become increasingly important as more and more customers integrate ATM into their existing networks," he added.
"Together we can enable the tight integration of existing LAN environments into a high speed multi-service infrastructure, delivering new throughput levels and adding the performance benefits of ATM to existing enterprise networks," said Mike Green, vice president of worldwide sales at Fore Systems. The company is the ATM market leader, with a 47% share of the worldwide ATM switch market, according to Dataquest. The agreement with HP is expected to accelerate corporate use of ATM, which has been slow in the past.
The AdvanceStack Switch ATM module will fit into one of the six universal slots in the switch's base unit. UK pricing is not yet available, but the module will be priced at $8,999 (u5,624) in the US. The module is expected to ship later this year.
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