IBM and 3Com announced this week that they are to expand an existing agreement to integrate and resell some of their respective networking products.
The agreement will focus on the two companies' ATM switch products, as well as integrating 3Com?s Fast and Gigabit Ethernet technology into IBM?s 8260 campus backbone switches.
?Today?s announcement underscores our commitment to enhance our ATM and Ethernet backbone products as comprehensive solutions that our customers require for their Intranet and Extranet applications,? said Rick McGee, vice president for IBM?s networking hardware division.
IBM made no comment on the future of its similar relationship with Xylan but said that the 3Com deal is not exclusive for either company.
The companies will exchange IBM?s Prizma ATM chip set and 3Com?s Ethernet-to-ATM Zipchip switching technologies to enable compatibility in future high end campus backbone switches.
IBM will add a number of products to its inventory, including 3Com?s Superstack 1000 and 3000 workgroup switches and ATM uplinks for future versions of these.
By using IBM?s Multiprotocol Switched Services technology - software that sits on switched networks enabling multiprotocol, distributed routing - 3Com said it will be able to add functionality to its Lan emulation (Lane) capability. This will include Multiprotocol over ATM server and interoperability between Token Ring and Lane, and Ethernet and Lane.
No shipping dates for products developed under the agreement have been announced.
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