Alteon Networks is changing its name to Alteon Websystems and is attempting to redefine its strategy and product line to position itself as a socalled "Webworking" company.
The Silicon Valley based firm, which specialises in Gigabit Ethernet, plans to target its offerings at networks in Web based data centers and is building switches that can be deployed between routers and server farms over large IP networks.
Dominic Orr, Alteon?s president and chief executive, said: "We have been designing an architecture with the muscular body of a networking switch, but with the soul of a server."
He explained that while the company generated half of its sales from its networking products, the Webworking portion was growing two to three times faster than its traditional business.
Alteon?s new switches are codenamed Genius and will be announced in April, for shipment this summer. They are intended to manage the bandwidth capacity of individual servers and also to coordinate net resource allocation based on the bandwith of the wide area network (Wan).
They also define classes of service to enable Web hosts to provide different levels of service to different customers and coordinate security services at both the local area network and WAN level.
Although the switches will be the largest Alteon has produced, Orr said they would embed services such as load balancing and Layer 4 switching in the hardware.
Alteon claimed to ship the first Ethernet server switching system in March 1997. The offering combined switching, routing, traffic redirection and server load balancing technology into a single platform that acts as a front end to servers and clusters of servers.
The company is privately held, employs about 108 staff, and has completed three rounds of financing, raising more than $37 million from investors. It generated $13.7 million in revenues last year and hopes to make about $30 million this fiscal year, which ends in June.
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