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Nortel offers rebate

Nortel Networks has become the latest equipment vendor to offer a rebate program for 3Com and Lucent Technologies customers lost in the wake of the companies' recent exits from specific enterprise product areas. Nortel's program follows on the heels of similar rebate announcements from Foundry Networks and Cable-tron Systems's Enterasys Networks attempting to gain customers from 3Com's exit.www.nortel.comSAN vendors mergeStorage networking vendor QLogic has snapped up fibre channel switch concern Ancor Communications. The $US1.7 billion stock swap brings together two companies with complementary products and common partners. QLogic manufactures fibre channel host bus adapters and components; Ancor markets fibre channel switches. Ancor makes the SANbox full-fabric switch, which comes in sizes ranging from eight to 128 ports. The eight-port edge switch is the company's smallest and fits into fabric as well as Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop environments. www.qlogic.comInterest in security options taking holdBiometric authentication is currently being used by only 4 per cent of companies responding to a survey on security carried out by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) in the US. Within the next 18 months, however, 11 per cent of the respondents said they planned to add biometric authentication to their networks. Passwords were the most popular security feature. Ninety three per cent of respondents said they use passwords, and 73 per cent said they plan to add additional password protection within the next 18 months.

WECA gains more support from vendors

An industry group formed last year to promote and certify interoperability of wireless local area network (LAN) systems has announced that chip giant Intel and five other vendors have joined the alliance to bring the number of member companies to 42. The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) said that the addition of the six new members shows how fast the IEEE 802.11b high-rate specification for 11Mbps wireless LANs in the 2.4GHz radio band is gaining acceptance among industry leaders. In addition to Intel, the other companies joining WECA were Askey Computer, Atheros Communications, Eumitcom Technology, Mobilian and Xircom.www.wi-fi.org

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