Cabletron SecureFast Switches Take Top Honors In Network Computing Magazine Face-Off.ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 1997-- Cabletron Systems (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :CS), the leading provider of high-performance switching products, today announced the company's MMAC-Plus (R) SmartSwitch has been singled out in two top awards given by Network Computing Storing and/or running applications in servers in a network. See cloud computing and network computer. Magazine. In the January 15 issue, the publication awarded both its "Editor's Choice" and "Editor Won't Give It Back" awards for the performance of the company's MMAC-Plus SmartSwitch enterprise switching chassis, as well as the company's revolutionary SecureFast Virtual Networking technology.
The awards were based on Network Computing's comparative review of Ethernet switches with Layer 3 routing capabilities. Companies participating were required to provide two switches with a variety of option-configurations that included 12 Ethernet ports, one FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) Often pronounced "fiddy," it was a LAN and MAN access method that had its heyday in the mid-1990s. FDDI was an ANSI standard token passing network that transmitted 100 Mbps over optical fiber up to 10 kilometers. port and four Fast Ethernet An earlier name for 100Mbps Ethernet. See 100Base-T.
(networking) Fast Ethernet - A version of Ethernet developed in the 1990s(?) which can carry 100 Mbps compared with standard Ethernet's 10 Mbps. It requires upgraded network cards and hubs. ports.
The switches were tested for their ability to communicate VLAN See virtual LAN.
VLAN - Virtual Local Area Network information between one another, and for their ability to operate when a traditional backbone router is present on the network.
Cabletron's SmartSwitch was chosen for its industry-leading speed, resiliency, ease-of-use, and for the virtual networking capabilities of the company's SecureFast Virtual Networking. Of all products tested, the SmartSwitch was ranked the best overall enterprise solution, performing up to three times better than the nearest competitor. The SmartSwitch was also the only switch to not drop packets under Network Computing's rigorous testing.
"When it came to performance, we couldn't bring the SmartSwitch down," wrote Joel Conover, associate technology editor for Network Computing Magazine.
"Cabletron has always been committed to providing our customers with the most comprehensive product set for implementing and managing switched virtual networks. Now the industry is recognizing this commitment with its enthusiastic reviews," said Chris Oliver, director of engineering and manufacturing at Cabletron. "Network Computing has always been one of the premier publications in the networking marketplace. We consider it an honor to receive not just one -- but two -- major editorial awards from such a strong industry voice."
Cabletron's SmartSwitches -- along with its existing installed base of switches - - encompass support for SecureFast Virtual Networking, a revolutionary virtual networking strategy that allows organizations to automate network management policy. SecureFast is an integrated hardware/software solution that allows customers to seamlessly implement virtual routing An integrated, comprehensive solution to forwarding traffic at high speed in a network. All LAN, WAN and routing protocols are fully supported by all devices in the network so that the entire network can be viewed as a single router at one management console. , policy, call management and accounting services.
Key to the testing success of the SmartSwitch are three core capabilities made possible by SecureFast. These include Automated Membership Registration (AMR (1) (Adaptive Multi-Rate) A variable rate speech codec selected by the 3GPP for the 3G evolution of the GSM cellphone system (WCDMA). Using the Algebraic CELP (ACELP) compression technology, AMR provides toll quality sound at transmission rates from 4.75 to 12. ), Virtual LAN Also called a "VLAN," it is a logical subgroup within a local area network that is created via software rather than manually moving cables in the wiring closet. It combines user stations and network devices into a single unit regardless of the physical LAN segment they are attached to and Link State Protocol (VLSP VLSP Volunteer Legal Services Program
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VLSP Virtual Link State Protocol ), and FastPath Switching. Through AMR, the SmartSwitch provides users with industry-leading ease-of- use architecture and auto-configuration capabilities. VLSP provides users with redundancy, load balancing The fine tuning of a computer system, network or disk subsystem in order to more evenly distribute the data and/or processing across available resources. For example, in clustering, load balancing might distribute the incoming transactions evenly to all servers, or it might redirect them and quick recovery in the event of failure. Cabletron's FastPath Switching ties in network performance with protocol intelligence and provides embedded routing capabilities.
About Network Computing
For three consecutive years, Network Computing has been ranked as the best- read networking publication, by Simmons Market Research and IntelliQuest CIMS CIMS Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (New York University)
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About Cabletron Systems
Cabletron Systems is the recognized leader in providing high-performance intranet and Internet solutions, including remote access, LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. and WAN switches and advanced network and systems management software. Under its Synthesis product framework, Cabletron markets products to businesses and consumers throughout the world, providing secure and reliable remote access and building, linking and managing all sizes of networks.
With corporate headquarters in Rochester, NH, Cabletron employs over 6,000 people worldwide. Cabletron's common stock is traded over the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City. under the symbol CS. Over the last four quarters, the company has reported record revenue of $1.2 billion.
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