Stories by Bob Wallace

  • New Cabletron CEO sees growth

    The recent replacement of Cabletron Systems co-founder, CEO and chairman Craig Benson with technology guru Piyush Patel marked a shift by the New Hampshire company - which, with poor financial results, has seen its stock price halved and then some during the past two years - to a more aggressive focus on emerging technologies.

  • Two more top execs leave Cabletron

    Just days after switching CEOs, struggling Cabletron Systems received the resignations of two top officials, John D'Auguste, president of operations, and Allan Finch, vice president of world-wide marketing.

  • 3Com to address mixed ethernet, ATM networks

    3Com customers will soon be able to set specific performance levels for traffic running across mixed Ethernet and ATM networks, thanks to a raft of switch add-on products due out this summer. This will be the first time that 3Com users will be able to perform this advanced function across mixed Ethernet and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks.

  • New Cisco router helps users manage VPNs

    Cisco Systems' new virtual private network (VPN) routers sport several innovative features that will give IT managers greater control over the performance and security of virtual nets. The networking giant recently announced the high-end 7100 Series VPN routers, designed for use at corporate headquarters and at regional offices that need to support numerous, far-flung sites and/or remote users.

  • 'Old' LAN gear poses year 2000 risk

    Companies relying on internetworking equipment that's two or more years old risk LAN failures in the year 2000 that would deny end users access to mission-critical applications.

  • Cabletron comeback?

    Trapped behind far larger competitors and coming off a $US85 million loss in its most recent quarter, Cabletron Systems, based in New Hampshire, is trying to reinvent itself by going from box vendor to network management kingpin. Chief technology officer Mike Skubisz discussed the number-four networking vendor's strategy with IDG's Bob Wallace.

  • '99 may be Giga Ethernet's year

    In the six months since Gigabit Ethernet became a standard, plummeting switch prices and widespread user need for more bandwidth have combined to make 1999 look like a banner year for the technology.

  • Networking Trends Emerge for '99

    Users saw plunging Gigabit Ethernet prices in 1998 -- along with broader protocol and WAN support for Layer 3 switches -- and these trends, along with developments in policy networking, are expected to grab the technology spotlight this year. These technologies promise to reshape the way users build and manage corporate networks, as they provide more bandwidth and the ability to phase out routers and offer new tools to administer networks, analysts said.

  • 3Com offers support on web

    After nearly a year of requests from some of its largest users, 3Com has launched an Internet-based knowledge database service designed to eventually provide answers to problems for all its product lines. 3Com Knowledgebase (http:// is a database of answers 3Com engineers generated in response to questions addressed to the company's technical support services.

  • Gigabit products get top billing

    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.

  • Cisco admits to a hole in PIX firewall

    Cisco late last week confirmed a vulnerability in a server it ships with its popular PIX firewall that enables internal users to hack in to the Windows NT host and retrieve any files that they know in advance reside there.

  • Cisco quits token ring group

    Claiming its customers have little interest in open high-speed token ring products, networking kingpin Cisco yesterday withdrew from the High-Speed Token Ring Alliance, a vendor association created to drive development of products that run at 100Mbps.