Compaq has set out an ambitious plan to grab a chunk of the enterprise networking market from its base selling desktop network interface cards.
The Texas based company said it will achieve its aims despite missing out on inheriting a key Digital Equipment division - the enterprise networking business. Cabletron acquired the unit from Digital a year ago and conversely, Compaq is now turning to the new owner to develop high end networking equipment.
Said Ian Whiting, director, network access and communications division, Compaq Emea : ?It?s true we focused on desktop networking and not where Cisco or Bay are focused, which is at odds with Compaq?s strategy to be an enterprise class products supplier.?
He also admitted it would also be necessary to acquire networking firms if Compaq wants to be able to rub shoulders with Cisco and 3Com in the data networking league.
Compaq wants to provide tools to network all the kit it has acquired from its long list of acquisitions, which include Digital and Tandem. It is working with a number of partners including Cabletron, Intel and Extreme Networks, to design a range of switches and routers.
Among the first high end tools to appear include a Gigaswitch-router, a 10/100/1000 Layer 3/4 enterprise backbone routing switch; plus the Multiswitch 700, a Layer 2 product supporting up to 240 Fast Ethernet and Ethernet departmental users.
Compaq also wants to attract independent software vendors to its new NT remote access servers. It wants developers to write products for unified messaging, security and management tasks.
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