Connectivity Briefs: Foundry, Microsoft

Connectivity Briefs: Foundry, Microsoft

Foundry jumps into WAN router market

Foundry Networks has launched a line of enterprise access router, VPN and firewall gear for enterprises seeking an alternative to market-leader Cisco for WAN connectivity and security. The AccessIron product line includes two access routers with integrated VPN and stateful firewall features that could be used to link a small, medium or large enterprise site to a WAN link or ISP connection. Foundry claims it can deliver equal functionality on its AccessIron line compared to Cisco’s 1700, 2600 and 3700 series routers, but at about 30 per cent less cost. Foundry’s AccessIron boxes will compete with gear from 3Com and Enterasys. Foundry’s AccessIron routers will be available in the US from July and start at $US2600.

Microsoft kills its Wi-Fi offerings

Microsoft has decided to stop producing wireless networking products and will discontinue its range of gear using the 802.11b wireless networking standard, also known by the Wi-Fi marketing name. “Microsoft is scaling back its presence in the category,” a Microsoft UK spokesperson said. “However, the broadband networking routers and NICs [Network Interface Cards] are only sold in the North American market.” The spokesperson declined to comment on why Microsoft was exiting the Wi-Fi field. The software giant entered the Wi-Fi market in 2002 and its products, such as the company’s Broadband Networking Wireless Kit and its Wireless-G product line, have generally received high marks from consumers and reviewers.

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