Network Solutions Briefs: Lako, 3Com, Nortel, Avaya

Network Solutions Briefs: Lako, 3Com, Nortel, Avaya

Lako's Orange vision

Niche Melbourne-based distributor Lakovision has broadened its product armoury with a host of PC-focussed networking gear.

The wholly owned subsidiary of graphics software and multimedia developer Pineapplehead, Lakovision has teamed up with US components manufacturer Orange Micro to distribute a range of FireWire IEEE 1394 port products.

Among the range is OrangeLink+, a FireWire and Ethernet card in one; Orange Converter, a FireWire to SCSI converter; and a sci-fi looking desktop video camera dubbed the iBOT FireWire.

The FireWire and Ethernet card is priced at $450, the FireWire to SCSI converter is valued at $335, and the iBOT camera comes in at $410 without a microphone, and $495 with a microphone.

Lakovision: (03) 9852 7444

3Com, Nortel cut jobs in cost-reduction strategy3Com will cut jobs as part of a restructuring designed to slash costs this year, the struggling communication products vendor has announced.

The company will cut both regular full-time and contract employment, as well as travel, product costs, property and equipment, it said in a statement. It hopes the moves will bring cost savings of $US200 million to $225 million per year, after it takes a one-time charge of $40 million to $60 million in its fiscal third quarter ending February 28.

Also on the jobs front, Nortel Networks is eliminating 4000 staff as part of its "streamlining and realignment activities." The cuts are the result of an overlap from several acquisitions Nortel made over the past year, sources say.

They are also the result of Nortel aligning resources on high-growth markets such as optical and wireless networking, and Internet and e-business initiatives. Nortel's enterprise business has been the laggard in the company's development. Its growth has been in the mid to low single digits, while other initiatives have experienced high double- and even triple-digit growth in recent quarters.

No Nortel staff in Australia are expected to be cut.

Avaya to acquire VPNet for $120 million

Network equipment maker Avaya has announced it will purchase VPNet Technologies for $US120 million in cash. VPNet makes virtual private network gateways that create point-to-point encrypted connections over the Internet and private networks.

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