Digital plans to enter the workgroup switching market next month, with a new family of medium and low end switches and hubs.
Following the relative success of its high end DEChub 900 Multiswitch product, the company wants to enter the fray in the workgroup arena.
The new Multiswitch 600/300 family of switches will compete with products such as Baystack from Bay Networks and Superstack from 3Com. They will offer, Digital claims, both Ethernet and Fast Ethernet technology in a single platform at a fraction of the cost of the competition.
?A large piece of the workgroup switching market is yet to be sewn up,? said Nick Gosshawk, marketing manager for Digital?s network product business unit in the UK. ?Bay are there, 3Com, Cisco and even HP, but there is a huge opportunity for Digital to take a piece of the action,? he commented.
According to Gosshawk, the configuration of the range enables individual switches and hubs to be removed from or added to the stack with minimal network disruption. The switches, he added, use an interconnect card allowing cable-free stacking and removing the need for cables that can cost up to $70.
The Multiswitch 600 family comprises four modules. The Multiswitch Hub 624T is a 24-port shared Ethernet hub (with group switching) for #1,155; the 612TX is a 12-port shared Fast Ethernet hub for #1,783; the 612EX supports 12 Ethernet and two Fast Ethernet ports for #1,542; and the 624EX offers 24 Ethernet and two Fast Ethernet ports for #2,876.
The Multiswitch 300 is a departmental switch that supports 12 ports of full-duplex Fast Ethernet switching, including four modular TX or FX options. For #4,270 it provides a built-in mirroring port that allows all nine standard Rmon data groups to be collected and reported for each switch port, ensuring optimal network use. It also supports enterprise level features such as support for port-base virtual Lans, spanning tree, and a large address space.
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