Connectivity Briefs: 3Com, Cisco, Symantec

3Com dumps Dell3Com has terminated a long-standing agreement that allowed Dell Computer to sell 3Com networking gear, becoming the third supplier since July to cancel a reseller agreement with Dell as the PC maker ventures into new markets. "Dell has made it clear that it aspires to gain market share in networking, and 3Com won't help Dell legitimise its sales offering with 3Com's products or 3Com's channel program benefits," said Catriona Parker, a 3Com spokeswoman. Dell was notified last week that it must stop selling 3Com products as soon as possible under the 3Com partner program, and will no longer receive any member benefits, she said. 3Com's announcement follows that of Cisco Systems, which dropped Dell as a reseller last month, and Hewlett-Packard, which recently stopped supplying Dell with printers.

Switched-on Cisco

Cisco Systems has introduced three modular midrange switches designed to help Ethernet customers roll out converged networks that include services such as voice-over-IP and streaming video. The Catalyst 4500 series switches use the same line cards and supervisor engines as Cisco's two-year-old Catalyst 4000 models. But the new devices have redundant in-line power supplies and slightly faster processors, analysts and Cisco officials said. Pricing for the 4500 starts at $US14,475, and Cisco officials said they will be optimal in an enterprise wiring closet as part of networking applications that require intelligent services.

Symantec tools up

Symantec was expected to unveil a new network security management tool called Symantec Security Management System (SSMS) this week. The product is focused on providing an aggregated view of security that includes data, gateways, servers and clients. Although Symantec declined to mention the product by name, details of the product that were revealed are consistent with previous public statements made by Symantec about SSMS plans.