Madge Networks is bravely keeping Token Ring alive with the launch of the Smart DeskStream Token Ring switch for switching at the desktop. This offers Token Ring users 16Mbps full duplex (32 Mbps) to connected PCs for #98 per port - comparable to Fast Ethernet per port prices.
Madge anticipates an increase in demand for high-bandwidth switching in Token Ring networks, supported by analysts at the Dell'Oro Group, and has launched the Smart DeskStream switch to meet this need.
With up to 200Mbps full duplex (400Mbps) to the backbone, the Smart DeskStream switch allows users to cope with increasing volumes of traffic within LAN workgroups, claims Madge.
Simon Jones, Token Ring product marketing manager at Madge, said: "With the additional bandwidth provided by the Smart DeskStream switch to the desktop and backbone, end users will see sharp performance improvements when using networked applications. Network managers can rely on the switch to help them manage and evolve their Token Ring networks more easily and effectively into the future.
"By bringing high bandwidth per port switching technology dramatically down in price, Madge is making desktop Token Ring switching affordable. While other Token Ring switches cost about $250 (#147) per port list price, the Smart DeskStream switch's $169 (#99) per port price is close to that of a Token Ring shared media hub," he added.
The switch's modular stacking architecture and full auto-configuration features allow network managers to provide wire speed bandwidth to additional connections, as quickly or gradually as required. Eight switches, each with 24 ports can be stacked and can support up to 192 connected devices in a single stack.
Madge Networks 01753 661000 (www.madge.com).
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