Switch Brings Gigabit Ethernet to Desktop

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-04-29 Print this article Print

Nortel Networks announced Monday two new switches in its BayStack product line, including a new entrant to bring Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop.

Nortel Networks announced Monday two new switches in its BayStack product line, including a new entrant to bring Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop. The BayStack 380-24T switch supports 24 10/100/1000BaseT auto-sensing ports and is Nortels first foray into bringing Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop, said Todd McDole, the companys director of product management, in Santa Clara, Calif. The switch includes four mini gigabit fiber links back to the core network. The switch is addressing the increasing interest in Gigabit on the LAN as more desktops ship with Gigabit NICs (network interface cards) and enterprises consider pushing such high bandwidth out to desktops, McDole said.
Nortel also introduced the BayStack 470-48T stackable switch, which supports 48 10/100BaseT ports along with two Gigabit slots. The Layer 2 switch can stack up to eight high and includes integrated stacking connectors, which leaves both Gigabit slots free for connectivity, McDole said.
Both switches are scheduled to ship in June. The BayStack 380 starts at $7,995, and the BayStack 470 starts at $4,495. Both switches also are focusing on QOS (quality-of-service) features. They have incorporated features of a separate BayStack switch, the Business Policy Switch, which allows QOS features such as packet classification and prioritization, McDole said. The BayStack 470 will have the complete set of QOS features, while the 380 will have a subset, since it already has auto-sensing capabilities up to Gigabit speeds, McDole said. At the same time, Nortel has announced three new Gigabit uplink modules for the Business Policy Switch, aimed at bringing high-throughput QOS capabilities to customers with an installed base of BayStack 450s and Business Policy Switch 2000s.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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