Cisco Systems (CSCO)
continues to push the density envelope in Ethernet-based switching.
Targeted at growing LANs (local area networks), four new modules for the
popular Catalyst 5000 line of switches will debut just as the company gets
ready to roll out plans for high-speed gigabit networking.
One new module will add 48 ports of 10-mbps connections and another adds 24
ports of 10/100-mbps auto-sensing capability. The new cards will cost
$7,495 and $9,995, respectively. The 24-port card will debut next month,
while the rest of the new offerings are available now.
The company also announced new 1900 and 2820 Enterprise Edition models for
$99 per port that include advanced functions such as virtual LAN capabilities
and Web-based management functions.
In conjunction with the new functions, Cisco announced price cuts of up to
50 percent for existing models in its Catalyst 1900 and 2820 Ethernet-based
Separately, Cisco announced a partnership with network provider Qwest Communications (QWST). Under the terms of the deal, the two will combine to build a
multimedia network based on IP (Internet protocol), the dominant means of
communication across the Net. Qwest has also pledged to deploy Cisco's
next-generation 12000 series routers across its emerging layout, currently
focused on Western states.