A San Jose company has claimed that a product it released today beats the big three networking companies to faster broadband 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.
Said Selina Lo, VP of marketing at Acteon: "This will give six times the throughput of at half the CPU utilisation compared to Fast Ethernet."
She said that 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.
She said: "No one has looked at the the needs of servers. This is a bottleneck which we have addressed."
The company also offers a series of network interface cards (NICs) which use its technology, she said.
And despite the rumours that Intel will almost destroy the Gigabit NIC market in April or May with an $800 product, Lo said that its product will maintain its position in the marketplace.
The company wheeled out end user International Media Integration Services (IMAS) which is developing a TV broadcast mechanism due to be rolled out in the US in May.
Said Tony Taylor, director of IMAS: "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 that was why it had chosen Acteon.Taylor refused to discuss exactly how the TV broadcasting would work for "commercial reason".
Lo claimed that its Layer 4 approach to switching and servers meant it was attractive to both ISPs and companies which wanted to get an edge on partners.
Yesterday, Santa Clara startup Foundry said that it had also layer four techniques and was looking at niche players, including companies patenting genomes, who wanted an edge over partners.
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