Network Solutions Briefs: 3Com, Toshiba, IBM

Network Solutions Briefs: 3Com, Toshiba, IBM

3Com NICs Alteon

The purchase of Alteon WebSystems's Gigabit Ethernet adaptor business by 3Com will instantly make the latter a player in the Gigabit network interface card market. 3Com purchased the physical assets of Alteon's NIC business for $US110 million. It will license Alteon's NIC technology patents from Nortel Networks, which acquired Alteon for $7.8 billion last month. The deal is expected to close at year-end. The deal would put 3Com in second place in the Gigabit Ethernet NIC market, with 3Com absorbing Alteon's 34.2 per cent share of 1000Mbps NICs shipped in the second quarter, according to analyst Cahners In-Stat Group. 3Com recently introduced its own copper-based Gigabit NIC. In addition to market presence, the acquisition gives 3Com technologies to add new functionality to future products, according to Tom Werner, a 3Com vice president.

Toshiba serves up server appliances for SMEsToshiba is to enter the server appliance market early next year with a server aimed at small and midsize firms. The Toshiba servers will come equipped with standard features such as e-mail and printer management, Internet access, firewall support and Web caching. The company will also offer services such as installation, remote administration and device health monitoring. Toshiba is forming alliances with several companies to offer features such as Bluetooth and 802.11 standard wireless technology, Web hosting, domain registration, e-mail services, Internet-based backup and online training. New wireless software provided by Red-M will provide integration between the server appliance and other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as network printers, PDAs and Toshiba's portable guns for service provider businessIn news out of the US, IBM has came out with a new plan to lure in more ISPs and ASPs. IBM's new telecommunications play includes a series of partnerships designed to provide ASPs and ISPs with the equipment and project management skills necessary to run today's megadata centres. Partners included in IBM's bid for the so-dubbed TSPs (telecommunications service providers) are Alcatel, Lucent, Nortel, and Telcordia. Along with service providers' current heated race to deliver hosted offerings to corporations, IBM expects further gains as telecommunications shift from circuit to packet-switched networking, company officials said.

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