Networking group Allied Telesyn claimed a first this week as it introduced fibre-optic Fast Ethernet cards ahead of the opposition in place for clustered servers later this year.
Fibre is set to be included in Compaq and other server companies? architecture, if the Wolfpack initiative ever comes to fruition. Even if Microsoft?s software initiative is delayed or fails because of dissension in the pack of seven, other vendors will deliver solutions also using fibre optic cable.
Melvyn Wray, European product marketing director at Allied Telesyn, estimated last month that fibre Fast Ethernet will take 60 per cent market share by the end of the year. Copper based networks do not deliver high speed, he maintained.
ATI?s cards will come in two varieties. The AT-2560FX will come in two versions; the first with a twist-on connector which will fit existing fibre-optic cable. The second will come with what the company describes as a push-on connector for fresh cable installations.
Protocols supported include the IEEE 802.3U 100Base FX spec and supports network operating systems NT, Win 9.x, Win 3.x, Windows for Workgroups, Netware, Vines, Dec Pathworks and IBM Lan server, amongst others.
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