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Bay expands networking plans

The company hopes to extend its strategy for networking to incorporate software services on top of its bevy of hardware.

LAS VEGAS--Bay Networks hopes to extend its strategy for networking to incorporate software services on top of its bevy of hardware.

The company rolled out a new member of its Accelar switch line, new ATM-based enhancements, as well as several other products here, as previously reported by CNET's NEWS.COM.

Bay has reworked its product line, focusing now on better support for software services that can run across the company's networking gear. Those services include business applications and virtual private networking software, among other services.

The intent of the rollout is to shift customers from a connection-centric view of the world to one in which the layered services running on top of that network are the priority, according to Basil Alwan, vice president of product management for Bay's switching products division.

New services enabled by data packet-by-packet processing include: traffic categorization, priority queuing, and networking intelligence that does not require an expensive routing device, according to Bay executives.

Kicking off a second generation of gigabit-speed equipment, Bay announced a new departmental Accelar 1050 switch with 12 10/100 mbps and one gigabit uplink. The new model will ship in July for a $7,495 list price.

On the ATM side, the company announced multiprotocol software support and new Ethernet and token ring modules for its System 5000 line of gear.