Hewlett-Packard (HP) has outlined a quality of service (QOS) strategy for its Procurve local area networking (Lan) tools family.
The aim is to enable network managers to modify and set priorities within data packets rather than just write information to the edges of a network. As a result, Mark Thompson, product marketing manager for HP's Procurve networking products, said the firm had added programmable Asics to its equipment.
HP is also developing policy based management services for multivendor environments, and by mid 2000 network managers will be able to introduce simple rules regarding traffic routes and priorities. The company is working on other advanced services such as complex security, bandwidth reservation and bandwidth guarantees.
In a related announcement, HP claimed to be the first company to ship a 100Base-T Ethernet over copper switch module to replace Gigabit SX connections either within, or between, wiring closets at up to 100 metres.
The HP Procurve 100/1000Base-T switch module supports Gigabit Ethernet over category five twisted pair connections.
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