Is Gigabit Ethernet a waste of your money? An analyst recently told enterprise IT and network professionals they would toss away more than US$10 billion on Gigabit Ethernet LAN gear over the next two years that would be better spent on technologies designed to support increasingly distributed workforces.
Cisco Systems Inc. on Monday announced additions to its family of security appliances, which incorporate new performance levels for broadband environments, midrange models and government and industry certifications to enable customers to protect their security investments.
The bandwidth glut that occurred in the mid-1990s when switched and Fast Ethernet started to appear on campus networks played a significant role in suppressing interest in implementing LAN-based quality-of-service schemes. In a somewhat bizarre twist, the move to wireless may well cause this situation to reverse itself.
Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches released recently from Puredata could help small businesses or small branch offices move from hubs to a switched and managed network with Gigabit Ethernet, for under US$1,400.
Keeping on par with its strategy to help the enterprise improve scalability and efficiency, 3Com Canada last month introduced a medley of gigabit Ethernet products built atop an existing portfolio of modular and stackable LAN switches and network interface cards (NICs).