Networking & telecomms

Bay to carry bulk of local Internet routingHalf of the Internet traffic originating in Australia will soon be routed via Bay Networks' routers, Bay officials claim. The Bay Backbone Concentrator Node routers are being purchased by Optus Communications to interface with its ATM network and route IP traffic for its commercial Internet services.

Intel plans to launch networking strategyIntel is set to release new networking products which the semiconductor giant has been steadily pushing into over the past year. Intel intends to become a "mainstream" network equipment vendor.

Xylan delays gigabit Token Ring, again

The first vendor developing a high-speed networking option called Gigabit Token Ring said that the products will be delayed six months. Xylan announced plans for Gigabit Token Ring products last June and missed its shipment target of year's end. The switch maker now plans to deliver the goods by the end of June. Gigabit Token Ring was designed to offer token ring LAN users an alternative to migrating to Ethernet-based technologies. Feeling dead-ended by token ring's 16Mbps speed limit, most users looking for more bandwidth have moved to 100Mbps Fast Ethernet.

Solaris gets a boost

Sun Microsystems plans to discontinue many of its point products in the areas of security, directory and naming services, and systems and network management, and bundle their functionality with the core Solaris operating system.

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