3Com extends entry level offerings

3Com is planning to increases it market share in the Gigabit switching base through the introduction of a range of entry level products, which it claim can provide cost effective, high speed connectivity for enterprises.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  July 9, 2003

3Com is planning to increases it market share in the Gigabit switching base through the introduction of a range of entry level products, which it claim can provide cost effective, high speed connectivity for enterprises.

The switches are predominantly targeted at small to medium sized enterprises (SME) with limited IT staff or experience, which require a low cost Layer 2 networking platform. However, 3Com also highlights the scalability of its new 10/100/100 local area network (LAN) switches, which are capable of expanding in line with the enterprise’s own growth.

The entry level offerings from 3Com include the unmanaged OfficeConnect Switch 8 with Gigabit Uplink and the small form factor OfficeConnect Gigabit Switch 5-port, as well the Switch 2816 and 2824 models that provide 16 and 24 ports respectively.

For enterprises with more demanding networking requirements, the vendor has also expanded its managed switching family with the introduction of the 3824 model that provides 24 ports in a standalone, non stacking switch and is targeted at branch offices.

“With a track record of leadership in the Gigabit Ethernet market, 3Com is again offering solutions with the characteristics that have made us successful — high quality, easy to use, reliable networking products at competitive pricing,” says Wael Fakharany, regional manager, 3Com Middle East.

“These standards based products are ideal for organisations that need to speed up their networks and eliminate bottlenecks, moving from 10/100 to Gigabit bandwidth either managed or unmanaged. With the falling prices of Gigabit Ethernet, customers can now affordably buy Gigabit switches to take advantage of the faster ports increasingly specified for new servers,” he adds.

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