Network solutions provider Cabletron Systems claims to have reached the pinnacle of the LAN market with its recent victory at Data Communication's LAN ShootOut.
Up against competition including arch rivals Cisco, 3Com and Nortel Networks, Cabletron fought it out in what organisers are claiming was a real world, live forum to prove supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region's LAN market. Each competitor was given a proposal to build a network for six buildings, four of which were the network core with fully meshed fibre optic links and the remaining two had to be linked with the core via redundant fibre links.
The final selection was based on the judgement of 1000 enterprise network managers from Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, all of which hosted the seminar. According to Robert Mandeville, the moderator for the event and director of European Network Laboratories, most of the judges, come potential customers, were searching for clear-cut solutions, cost effectiveness and performance in a network. "A key concern for most network professionals is how to cut through all of the hype associated with networking," claims Mandeville. "The criteria for making a decision on network investments are price and performance but when every network vendor is claiming to be the best and the cheapest it is difficult to get an independent evaluation."
Cabletron's director of technology, David Gabo, believes the LAN ShootOut has cemented its position in the network solutions sector with the presentation of a combination system comprising "our standard-based SmartSwitch router, SmartSwitch and SmartStack hardware with the multi-vendor SPECTRUM enterprise management platform".