Network Solutions Briefs: 3Com, HP & Nortel, SANS

3Com to boost reseller training in Asia-PacificNetworking vendor 3Com has announced a new training initiative to provide its 6000 resellers in the Asia-Pacific region with in-depth knowledge of the vendor's technology.

Dubbed the Partners3 program, the initiative kicked off this week in New Zealand before making its way to Australia later this month. Partners3 is part of the 3Com University training platform and will visit 49 cities in 11 countries across the Asia-Pacific.

3Com claims the program is designed to make resellers more competitive.

For training and registration see www.3contact.com/partners3aprHP, Nortel join forces on 10Gbps Ethernet interfaceHewlett-Packard and Nortel Networks will collaborate to develop high-speed interfaces linking HP servers with Nortel optical network gear.

The products will be targeted at content service providers experiencing bandwidth bottlenecks in Internet data centres, the companies announced last week.

The two companies will investigate joint commercial development of a 10Gbps Ethernet network interface card for HP's Superdome and HP 9000 servers.

SAN speeds to increase 10-fold, association claimsAn industry association last week announced it has drafted a standard that will make storage area networks (SANs) 10 times faster.

The Fibre Channel Industry Association introduced the proposed 10G-bit Fibre Channel standard for consideration. It supports single and multimode LAN and WAN devices over distances ranging from 15 metres to 10 kilometres. The standard also supports bridging SANs over metropolitan-area networks through dense wave division multiplexing and SONET for disaster tolerance and data virtualisation.

Work on the draft proposal to the American National Standards Institute began a year ago; 10G-bit adapters, hubs and storage arrays are anticipated for delivery in early 2002.

Fibre Channel devices run at 1Gbps, although 2Gbps devices will start to ship by year-end. The 10G-bit draft requires backward compatibility with 1G-bit and 2Gbps devices, 10G-bit devices will also be able to use the same cable, connectors and transceivers used in Ethernet and Infiniband.

Infiniband is a new specification, which provides a faster system bus between processors and peripherals and is based on a switched matrix design. Infiniband devices will start being delivered next year.

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