Future Dividends Although speed was our initial concern, Amalgamateds Gigabit Ethernet system opens a lot more opportunities and possibilities, says Horowitz: "Its impacted all of our departments and resulted in significant savings in time along with an increase in productivity." In addition to resolving Amalgamated Banks immediate concerns, the Gigabit Ethernet solution provided a foundation for the future. The Cisco Catalyst 6509 multilayer switches that make up the core of the network can be upgraded from a 32-Gigabit backplane to a 256-Gigabit backplane."The Cisco Catalyst Gigabit Ethernet solution is perfect for many companies because it not only supports current requirements, but will scale to support technologies like VoIP [Voice over IP] and video," notes Iglio. "A few years ago, we though only ATM could support bandwidth like this. Gigabit Ethernet provides not just speed, but its also a lot easier to implement and manage."