3Com enhances XRN technology

3Com is expanding its target market with the introduction of a number of solutions directed towards large enterprises. At the heart of these products is the vendor’s enhanced XRN technology.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  August 10, 2003

3Com is expanding its target market with the introduction of a number of solutions directed towards large enterprises. At the heart of these solutions is the vendor’s XRN technology, which has been enhanced to provide availability and cost benefits across multiple buildings and geographically distributed sites.

By utilising 3Com’s XRN GBIC Fabric Interconnect technology, enterprises can extend XRN connections up to 70 kms. As such, organisations would be able to deploy one switch, such as the vendor’s Switch 40x0 in one building and connect this to another 40x0 in a separate building. Furthermore, network administrators would be able to manage both switches as one.

“3Com is making major strides to strengthen its enterprise product portfolio,” says Patrick Guay, vice president, LAN infrastructure, 3Com.

“The scaling up of XRN technology-enabled networks brings a new way of building LAN cores the larger enterprise market, while maintaining a strong value proposition for customers focused on scalability, proven reliability and improved price performance,” he claims.

Meanwhile, the 40x0 family has been expanded with the introduction of the 4070 switch, which 3Com claims is highly flexible and enables network administrators to mix 1000BaseSX and 1000BaseLX ports to meet their individual needs. The XRN-enabled product carries this out using small form factor plug in (SFP) transceivers.

Additionally, 3Com has introduced a Layer 3 LAN core switch, the 7700. The modular chassis-based product is designed to provide the resiliency required for converged voice, video and data networks at a cost effective price. The switch is also one of the first to feature technology from Huwaei Technologies, following the joint venture agreement signed by the two companies earlier this year.

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