3Com will unveil its highest-performance Lan switch to date as it continues to woo large corporate users through a joint venture with Chinese supplier Huawei Technologies.
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The 3Com Switch 7700R, made by Huawei, supports throughput of up to 96Gbit/sec and can provide one-second fail-over capability, said Charles Gallagher, director of product management at 3Com. He added that the 7700R is priced as much as 25% less than similar switches from Cisco Systems.
Although users could get similar fail-over capability by buying a pair of 3Com's existing 7700 switches, they would have to pay $44,000 for the two devices compared with a starting price of $25,995 for the 7700R.
3Com needed such a switch to compete with Cisco and other rivals for business from bigger companies, said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at The Yankee Group.
"3Com is doing OK - not great, but not poor - as they go through a serious company transformation," Kerravala said. "They're not going to be a serious enterprise player overnight."
The 7700R can handle Gigabit Ethernet transmissions now and includes future support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, which should appear by the middle of this year.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld