Nearly five months after the Gigabit Ethernet standard was approved, high-speed 1Gbps switching products took centre stage at the Networld/Interop '98 conference in Atlanta.
Gigabit Ethernet sales are expected to soar from $US19.8 million last year to roughly $1.36 billion in 2001, according to Dataquest.
And ports shipped will skyrocket from 8100 last year to 1.55 million in 2001. 3Com, Cabletron Systems and Lucent Technologies will show Gigabit Ethernet products alongside their mainstream switches.
3Com is attempting to deliver telephony-like reliability to next-generation enterprise packet networks with this week's roll-out of Gigabit Ethernet for its high-end backbone switch.
3Com announced pricing and availability of Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet modules for the CoreBuilder 9000, a frame and cell-based enterprise backbone switch that 3Com says can scale to 140Gbps.
With the redundancy built into the CoreBuilder 9000, 3Com says its can now offer PBX-quality reliability for the "next wave" of business applications, which will run voice and video over data networks.
The CoreBuilder 9000 is a 16-slot, high- density switch that aggregates Ethernet and ATM links from desktop, workgroup and wiring closet switches.
It features redundant switching fabrics and management controllers, up to four power supplies, and every module is hot-swappable.
This architecture delivers 99.99 per cent reliability, according to 3Com, which is vital for running voice and video applications over a data infrastructure, commonly referred to as a multiservice network.
The new Gigabit Ethernet modules will ensure that this resiliency is available for users running multiservice applications over Ethernet.
Cabletron Systems announced a variety of wide area network links for its SmartSwitch Router line of Gigabit Layer 3 switches.
High-Speed Serial Interface
The vendor unveiled 1.544Mbps, 45Mbps and a High-Speed Serial Interface that supports up to 52Mbps, as well as WAN uplinks for its SmartSwitch Router models 2000, 8000 and 8600.
The uplinks should ship in December.
Lucent highlighted the Cajun P550 Gigabit Routing Switch, which was designed for campus backbones and can support up to 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 120 10M/100Mbps ports, or up to 60 Fast Ethernet ports.
The P550 also routes at up to 18 million packets per second.
Lucent also displayed its two Cajun P220 Gigabit Switches. One model has 24 10M/ 100Mbps ports and one Gigabit Ethernet port, while the other has seven Gigabit Ethernet ports.