Briefs: D-Link Launches Ethernet Speed Switches

This week D-Link Systems Inc. launched two stackable 10/100 G bit/sec Ethernet wire speed switches: the DES-3624I and the DES-3624.

The DES-3624 is the slave unit for the DES-3624I and is sold with an integrated 2.4G bit/sec interface to link with the DES-3624I. The DES-3624 base unit has 24 10/ 100BaseTX/FX ports. The DES-3624I unit offers 22 ports of 10/ 100TX.

Both devices also support quality of service (802.1p), which lets the switch prioritize specific traffic flows, and virtual LAN identification (802.1Q), which lets users direct traffic based on nonproprietary VLANs. Pricing and availability were not specified.

D-Link: www.dlink.com.

Storage network vendor QLogic Corp. snapped up Fibre Channel switch concern Ancor Communications in a continued consolidation of the storage-area network (SAN) market. The $1.7 billion stock swap brings together two companies with complementary products and common partners. QLogic manufactures Fibre Channel host bus adapters and components, and Ancor markets Fibre Channel switches.

Both have agreements with Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hitachi Data Systems Corp. to resell their SAN products.

IT executives should be prepared for a boom in storage management software spending, according to a report from research firm Dataquest Inc. Growth almost doubled between 1998 and 1999, and will reach a high of $14.7 billion in 2004, says the study. Today, software represents more than 50% of storage costs.

Customers need to manage and control storage growth as it spreads beyond the local control of their businesses into the global geography, Dataquest says.

Dataquest: www.dataquest.com

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