Stories by Jim Duffy

New roles for Cisco switches?

A new WAN module coming from Cisco this week could significantly boost the capabilities of one of its Catalyst LAN switching lines, but the package also clouds the future of some older products.

Cisco buys way deeper into terabit switching

Cisco Systems yesterday announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Growth Networks of Mountain View, California, a developer of network switching silicon, for $355 million.

Motorola-Nortel deal disses Cisco

In an unintended slight to business partner Cisco Systems, Motorola is collaborating with Cisco rival Nortel Networks to add IP (Internet Protocol) routing software to its processors.

Cabletron splits into four

Cabletron Systems plans to split itself into four independent operating companies.
These companies - Riverstone Networks, Enterasys Networks, Global Network Technology Services (GNTS) and Aprisma Management Technologies - will focus on service provider, enterprise, professional services and network management markets, respectively.

Merrill Lynch Leaning on Active Directory

Investment giant Merrill Lynch is upgrading to Windows 2000 to take advantage of Active Directory and the technology's ability to policy manage the firm's Cisco network, including its IP telephony system.

Cisco's wireless moves: Not just a bunch of air

You know a technology is hot when Cisco Systems starts throwing serious money at it. Considering the company has spent about $US2 billion to purchase wireless data companies in the past year, it's no stretch to say that wireless technology is the next sizzler.
And according to Cisco, the firm's recent investments couldn't have come at a better time as the wireless LAN market heats up, and user demand for high-speed access to corporate networks is at an all-time high.

Nortel Buffs Up Passport

Enhancements to Nortel Networks Corp.'s Passport line of WAN switches are intended to help users better support e-business and multiservice voice/data applications.

3Com Licenses Novell Directory

Last week 3Com Corp. said it would license Novell Inc.'s directory service and use it as the underpinning of its policy-based network management technology. Terms of the arrangement, which was announced at ComNet 2000, were not disclosed.

Showtime for LAN Switching

Looking to help users get more bang out of their existing network gear, Cisco Systems and Cabletron Systems this week will offer a variety of LAN switching enhancements at ComNet 2000.

Cisco snaps up Altiga, gains VPN edge

Cisco Systems yesterday announced definitive agreements to acquire privately held Altiga Networks of Franklin, Massachusetts and Compatible Systems of Boulder, Colorado, for $US567 million in stock.

Cisco eyes smaller nets

Cisco this week will announce three LAN switches designed to bring enterprise-class features and function - at a low cost - to smaller business networks.

3Com Unveils Telephony Roadmap

3Com Corp. wants to scale its LAN telephony platform to support larger enterprises and extend voice capabilities across its portfolio of data network products.