News briefs: Cahners, Check Point, Microsoft

News briefs: Cahners, Check Point, Microsoft

Q3 networking results

Cahners In-Stat Group has announced the mixed results of its Networking Quarterly reports for the third quarter. The layer 2/3/4-7 switch market grew 7 per cent in Q3 2001 as ports shipped increased to 33.63 million, from 31.58 million ports in Q2. The total router market also reported positive results, experiencing a 19 per cent increase in unit shipments on Q2, with 1.1 million units shipped. Sales to service providers accounted for the lion's share of revenues for multi-service WAN switches in Q3, with manufacturers' sales revenues of $US922 million, a decrease of 12 per cent from Q2.

Clusters boost Check Point

Check Point Software Technologies will soon release ClusterXL, a new product that will help boost speed and reliability for users of Check Point firewalls and VPNs (virtual private networks), the company said. ClusterXL allows administrators to group VPN gateways or firewalls together to share their performance and create redundancies in case one among the group of devices fails, said Check Point officials. If one device fails, the other devices in the cluster can seamlessly resume service to users, thereby improving reliability, the company said. Check Point claims VPN performance of up to 1.2Gbps using the product. The product is targeted at large enterprises and service providers with large data centres.

Wyse's XP thin-client device

Microsoft's newly released XP operating system, which is designed to power small computing devices, has found a home in a new slim computer terminal, or thin client, from Wyse Technology. The terminal was unveiled last week in the US in conjunction with Microsoft's release of its Windows XP operating system for embedded devices. Wyse said it expects to be the first hardware maker to offer a thin-client device with XP installed. The company said it will begin shipping its new machine, commonly used to run cash registers and barcode scanning applications, in the first quarter of 2002.

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