Networking company Xylan predicted the death of the hub in large enterprises, as it introduced enhancements to its multi-layer switch.
Rene Arvin, vice president and general manager of Xylan's Emea region, said today that networking companies that bet their future on the hub are set to lose market share to companies concentrating on selling switch technology instead.
?By the end of the year, no-one will be buying hubs,? he claimed. ?There is new technology coming in the shape of intelligent Asics, which will offer more than a hub at equivalent price/performance.?
Xylan aims to integrate ATM, Vlans and other networking technology with its multilayer switch and to provide the ability to customise Asics in hardware, he said.
The company has announced extensions to its Omniswitch campus switch. The switch now includes 13.2Gbps ATM cell switching, integrated with Lan switching, routing, VLans, wide area access and security.
The Asic technology, called X-Cell, is upgradable, said Arvin. The extensions now offer 16 OC-12 ports, 64 OC-3 ports, 16 DS-3/E3 ports, 168 25M ports and 32 DS-1/E1 ports.
Arvin claimed Xylan technology was displacing other vendors? products and that the company, started four years ago, has grown to become number five in the wide area networking market, competing with Cisco, Bay, Ascend and 3Com.
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