Acteon Networks last week released a new product it claims will beat the networking giants to greater bandwidth. Acteon Networks, a startup with ex-Bay Networks executives as its chiefs, has released a switch which gives physical redundancy at the 10/100/1000 level and also includes software which allows for the transmission of TV across the Internet. Selina Lo, vice president of marketing at Acteon, claimed: "This will give six times the throughput at half the CPU utilisation compared to Fast Ethernet." She said the company had developed a way of using server farms on both a hardware and software level which allowed ISPs and other companies with mission critical applications to ensure that load-balancing happened. "No one has looked at the needs of servers. This is a bottleneck which we have addressed," added Lo. The company also offers a series of network interface cards (NICs) which use the technology, she said. However, Acteon may face stiff competition, as Intel is expected to disrupt the Gigabit NIC market in April or May with an $800 (#485) product. One of Acteon's first customers is International Media Integration Services (IMAS), which is developing a TV broadcast mechanism due to be rolled out in the US in May. Tony Taylor, director of IMAS, said: "We anticipated broadcasters asking for 60-70 concurrent users but the big broadcasters said they wanted 100s of users. We were looking for ways to scale the applications." Cisco's technology, said Taylor, was not up to the task and thus he chose Acteon. Taylor refused to discuss exactly how the TV broadcasting would work for "commercial reasons". Santa Clara startup Foundry, said that it also has Layer 4 techniques and is looking at niche customers, including companies patenting genomes.
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