A US start-up company has claimed that its prices on Gigabit will dramatically change the face of networking in the UK.
Said Drusie Demoupolos, VP of marketing at Foundry, said: ?Gigabit Ethernet is already cheaper than ATM. In the US, more than half of our customers evaluate both Gigabit ATM and bought us.?
She said that the company was just about to strike a deal with two UK distributors to sell its products here. She refused to say who they were but said the deal will happen in the next two weeks.
Large corporate customers including Lockheed Martin, Disney and much of academia had already adopted the Foundry solution, she claimed. The message was permeating via word of mouth. ?It?s almost like a virus,? she said.
Foundry is opening an office in the UK next week, said Demoupolos. ?The UK market is very important to us. We have a product no-one else is delivering and we have breadth of products.?
She said that Foundry had developed its own chips and had licensed the product to Silicon Valley company SEEQ. ?It has won 20 designs from our Mac,? she said.
The company?s product offerings span three kinds of stackable switches based on 16 port 10/100 base ports with two optional 1000 ports.
The base model, the NetIron, costs $5,000, said Demoupolos, which in the US is taking orders via all kinds of channel, including credit cards, she added.
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