We're used to thinking of gigabit Ethernet as the technology of choice for linking together Fast Ethernet switches, locking together storage area networks and binding servers into clusters. It can be more. Much more.
Those of us who live in the 'burbs and work in the traffic hell of Manhattan have no trouble predicting that the real business opportunities in the foreseeable future are going to lie in infrastructure technologies and communications services.
AT&T and Avici Systems put their competitors on notice last week by announcing that Ma Bell has completed its coast-to-coast Internet Protocol network and will use Avici's routers, which carry traffic at 10 gigabits per second.
Making Apple's imac look obese, the $2,500 Panasonic CF-E1 Audio Video Personal Computer that we saw last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts with a 15-inch flat-screen display instead of a bulky, heavy, space-heating CRT.