Bay Networks has confirmed it will release a joint switching and routing offering and said it will undercut the opposition by a factor of tens of thousands of dollars.
The product, codenamed Fiddlestix, is due for release in May, said Trevor Dearing, product marketing manager at Bay UK.
He said the product will be a Layer 3 Lan device with five slots, in chassis form and four slots for port modules. End users will be able to mix and match 10Mbps and 100Mbps Ethernet switching units and in the future Bay will deliver an ATM blade for Fiddlestix. Protocols supported include 16 port 10BaseT, eight port 10BaseF, three port 100BaseTX and FX.
?It runs our standard router code at version 11 and it?s designed for either routing mode or IP autolearn,? he said. ?You can drop it in front of an existing router and it learns the IP addresses.?
Dearing said that a fully-configured unit will cost around $40,000. ?This is a third of the price of an equivalent router. If you take a fully configured Cisco 7507 it costs $130,000,? he claimed.
He said that while he would not describe other offerings from 3Com and IBM as ?kludges? they used a mixed technology. ?This is a piece of kit designed from the ground up with especially designed ASICs designed to do IP forwarding,? he said.
Bay Networks will formally announce the product on 3 March.
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