3Com's acquisition of OnStream Networks in October has borne its first fruits already.
The company has announced two new products, both in the field of ATM WAN access. The AccessBuilder 9300 and 9010 are for accessing high-speed Internet services and ATM networks from small offices and remote sites.
Pricing for the 9300 starts at $9,950 (#6,219) and for the 9010 at $5,950, with ethernet and serial data interfaces included. Both are scheduled to start shipping in the first quarter of next year. UK pricing has not yet been set
3Com claims the new ATM products offer higher capacity and more advanced traffic management than existing solutions. Key traffic management capabilities include deep buffers, virtual circuit traffic shaping and early packet discard, all features geared towards service providers.
The AccessBuilder 9300 comes with interfaces intended to provide a growth path from frame relay, IBM legacy systems and ethernet-to-ATM, or for users with T1 or greater bandwidth needs, according to 3Com. It will be stackable, to fit in with the company's SuperStack II architecture.
The AccessBuilder 9010 is for smaller remote sites wanting to migrate to ATM. The product supports frame relay, ethernet and ATM internetworking.
Both the 9300 and 9010 can be configured and managed from any SNMP-compliant workstation.
3Com acquired OnStream Networks, an ATM specialist, for $245 million to give it greater leverage in the key ATM product market.
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