Networking vendor 3Com has added two new DSL router ranges to its enterprise-class wide area network (Wan) router line-up.
3Com said the additions are designed to capitalise on the growing demand for enterprise-scale broadband network connectivity.
Campbell Morrison, 3Com product development manager, said the new 6000 and 3000 ranges would sit alongside the existing 3Com Router 5000 range to provide an alternative to Cisco.
"The sale of these products has been going extremely well and a lot of enterprise customers are wanting an alternative to the dominant player in the market, which is Cisco," he told vnunet.com.
Morrison added that the standards emerging in the DSL router market allow 3Com to offer managers who have deployed multi-vendor networks a price-competitive alternative that can take advantage of lower-cost technology, such as Voice over IP.
Interoperable with their Cisco counterparts, the products in the 3Com Router 6000 range are available with four-way or eight-way slots.
The 3Com Router 6040 and 6080 both feature 512MB operating memory, and start at $5,990 (£3,336) and $8,390 (£4,673) respectively. They are also bundled with 3Com's routing, virtual private network and security software, offering high resilience, redundant power supplies and dual imaging.
The second new range, the 3Com Router 3000, is designed for remote sites of large enterprises or headquarters of medium-sized organisations, and comes with ISDN backup interfaces on some models.
The range comprises the 3030, 3031, 3032, 3033, 3034 and 3035, and features 64MB operating memory. Prices start at $595 through to $795, depending on whether ISDN backup support is needed, and the products come bundled with similar software to those in the 6000 range.
All of 3Com's new routers come configured and are available now through the company's direct and indirect sales channels, with the exception of the 3033 and 3034 models which are expected to be available by the middle of November.
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