Leading networking vendor Cisco Systems responded to taunts from Bay Networks yesterday that it was over priced by slashing and burning its own prices on a range of units. The cost per port falls, in some cases by 60 per cent.
It has made cuts ranging between 12 per cent and 45 per cent on its desktop Ethernet switches with Fast Ethernet uplinks.
The Catalyst 1912 12 x 10-BaseT port drops from #1,860 to #1,300, as an example of the wide ranging cuts.
Its Fast Ethernet stackable hubs have also dropped in price but this time by a 60 per cent factor. The WS-C316T 16 port 100Base-TX hub with two expansion slots stackable to 128 logical repeater ports falls from #1,710 to #1,195, a price per port of #56.
Cisco is pushing the price cuts through its channel partners and there is a restriction on how many units the partners can sell. The offers are valid until the end of July. Cisco said: "There are no plans to extend it."
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