IBM Delivers Fast, High-Bandwidth Gigabit Ethernet Switch

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C - 26 Jan 1999: ..IBM today announced a new gigabit Ethernet switch that offers customers Ethernet at any speed across a variety of local area network architectures to meet increasing demands for more bandwidth and faster switching capabilities.

The new IBM Gigabit Ethernet switch is a nine-slot chassis device that delivers transparent internetworking between Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring and native Asynchronous Transfer Mode. It also offers Layer 3 routing and support for Virtual Local Area Networks and Firewalls, providing a faster, more secure network that enables traffic to flow more efficiently and delivers a cost-effective and scalable backbone solution for enterprise environments.

"This announcement reconfirms IBM's commitment to deliver a full set of cost-effective, flexible Ethernet solutions -- from the desktop to the backbone -- to support our customer's e-business initiatives, "said Bob Greenberg, vice president enterprise and service provider business lines, IBM's Networking Hardware Division. "The IBM 8274 Nways LAN RouteSwitch Model GRS offers a new level of Gigabit Ethernet switching performance in a scalable platform for today's fastest growing companies."

Modular Design Offers Flexibility for Enterprise Customers
Modules for the 8274 Nways LAN RouteSwitch Model GRS include:

Pricing and Availability
The 8274 Nways LAN Routeswitch Model GRS will be available in April 1999. The 8274 is priced from $299 per port for US.