Start-up Foundry Networks
targeted clusters of server systems for its line of high-speed networking
Adding its own take to a potentially lucrative niche, the gigabit-speed
firm released a new switching device called ServerIron that, when connected
to a group of servers, can parse loads across several systems as needed.
The device can act as a load-balancing mechanism for Web traffic or email,
for example. The function highlights a trend among start-up networking
companies as the various firms try to augment products with unique features.
Another gigabit start-up, Alteon
Networks, has crafted a niche as a provider of networking equipment optimized for server
farms. Several others have joined the market as well.
The ServerIron switch, available immediately with prices starting at
$6,295, offers 8- or 16-port models, with options to add both Fast and
Gigabit Ethernet links.