3Com targets SMEs for its enterprise-class network switch -- and other news briefs

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

3Com network switch offers PoE to SMEs

3Com is targeting SMEs with an enterprise-class network switch, the 3Com Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus. The web-configurable switch offers a high level of network control and enables smaller firms to use power over Ethernet, 3Com said. It can also prioritise IP telephony voice traffic. The switch integrates with the new 3Com NBX V3000 platform, part of the 3Com Convergence Applications Suite.

Check Point updates Connectra gateway

Check Point Software Technologies has updated its Connectra security gateway with version 2.0 of the SSL-based VPN device. Priced from £4,700, the new version has secure browser and cache cleaning to enable secure access in unmanaged remote environments. In addition, there is the option of putting Connectra 2.0 on a standard PC or server instead of a Check Point appliance.

Airespace purchase to boost Cisco Lan range

Cisco is to acquire Airespace for £260m to expand its wireless Lan product portfolio. Airespace's products include WLan controllers, access points, WLan management and location software and security products, including intrusion detection systems. Cisco said the acquisition would allow it to address a broader set of market segments and integrate advanced capabilities into its products.

SuperX series launched by Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks is launching the SuperX series of switching and routing products, designed for the edge, aggregation layer, and datacentre/metro core. Aimed at enterprise customers and metro service providers, the SuperX series of switches features 204 Gigabit Ethernet ports, aggressive per-port pricing and multi-layer hardware and software security. It also has monitoring and resiliency features which can optimise network performance in datacentres and wiring closets, said Foundry.

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