Following Olicom's lead, network giant Cisco has brought out a product range for the Token-Ring market.
Last week Cisco introduced a new family of Token-Ring switches, including a stackable Token-Ring switch and a module for the company's Catalyst switching range. The switches support embedded RMON management and support for dedicated or shared-media attachment.
Cisco's launch comes in the wake of the first major new product in Token-Ring switching for some time, unveiled by Olicom a fortnight ago, and the formation of a new industry body, the High-Speed Token-Ring Alliance.
The Cisco switches are designed with migration in mind, with options for upgrading from Token-Ring to Ethernet or ATM.
The Catalyst 3900 Token-Ring switch has a standard 20 fixed ports, is available now and costs $8,995 (#5,620). The Catalyst 5000 switching module for the enterprise backbone has a choice of 16 copper or fibre switch ports. The copper costs $13,995, and will be available by the end of the year. The fibre costs $19,995 and will ship in the first quarter of next year.
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