Stories by Phil Hochmuth

  • Alcatel launches 10G LAN aggregation switch

    Alcatel this week launched a smaller version of its OmniSwitch 9000 series chassis, intended for businesses that do not want to deploy larger, more expensive core switches in the middle tier of a network.

  • Cisco switch gear aims at data center

    A pair of new Cisco switch products released this week - an eight-port, 10G Ethernet core switch module and a Gigabit Ethernet blade server switch - are targeted at high-traffic enterprise data centers that require large network pipes and low traffic latency, the company says.

  • Cisco launches four-slot CRS-1

    Cisco this week launched the smallest version yet of its biggest router -- a four-slot Carrier Routing System-1, intended to extend 40Gbps from a core network to regional carrier POPs, Cisco says.

  • Router, switch sales rise as buyers seek more features

    Worldwide sales of both enterprise routers and switches crept up in the second quarter of 2006, as network managers sought out higher-end products, such as routers with advanced features, and high-speed LAN gear, a new research report says.

  • Analysts: 3Com CEO must focus on Huawei

    An abrupt CEO change at 3Com should not affect the company's immediate operations, its joint venture with Huawei or it customer base, analysts and customers say. Long term, though, the company faces big questions: How long can it scrape by in markets dominated by Cisco? And where will it find growth?

  • Cisco upgrades enterprise security hardware/software

    Cisco this week launched new versions of its multi-purpose Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), with small offices and large data centers in mind. The company also introduced a new version of its Network Admission Control (NAC) appliance, and an upgrade to IOS software with beefed-up security features.

  • Router revenue up, switch sales down

    The enterprise router market grew in the first quarter, reaching US$1 billion in revenue worldwide. Infonetics expects the market, which had a down year in 2005, to hit US$4.8 billion by 2009.

  • Merger could yield first 10GBase-T server adapter

    Solarflare Communications and Level 5 Networks - two privately-held Ethernet component startups - announced a merger this week which sets the stage for lower-cost 10G Ethernet server adapters based on common network cabling.

  • Startup touts answers for voice over Wi-Fi

    Startup Divitas Networks is expected to debut this week with technology for tying together corporate wireless LANs, cellular networks and Wi-Fi hot spots as one mobile voice and data network.