The two companies plan to deliver an ATM module for HP's workgroup AdvanceStack Switch 2000, which currently supports local area network (LAN)-based technologies such as Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), and HP's VG. The partnership will add an important connectivity option between LANs or over a wide area network (WAN).
ATM is a high-speed technology that has found acceptance as a networking pipe that connects LANs together across a campus, for instance, or provides a dedicated connection between different campuses.
Fore Systems has bet its business on ATM technology. The company currently has the greatest market share for switching products based on the high-speed pipe. HP's networking products traditionally have targeted small to medium-sized business. The new ATM module may attract a broader range of customers who might otherwise look outside HP for their networking gear.
The new AdvanceStack Switch 2000 ATM module will ship later this year for $8,999. The module will fit into one of the six slots in the base 2000 chassis.