IBM will announce its first homegrown Ethernet devices on Tuesday, aimed at small and medium-sized companies.
The roll-out will include 10BaseT Ethernet hubs, stackable Fast Ethernet hubs and 10BaseT switches. At the higher end, IBM will also unveil a Fast Ethernet Layer 3 switch, plus additional switching modules to the existing IBM 8274 Route Switch, to expand its use in cell and mixed frame/cell networks.
Big Blue will also outline how its homegrown products will affect its OEM relationships with Xylan and 3Com in the enterprise. To date IBM has relied on such deals rather than developing its own Ethernet range.
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