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Quick Takes: Yankee predicts switching consolidation

In this edition of Quick Takes, new research from The Yankee Group predicts that the network switching market will see consolidation over the next three to five years.

Shakeout expected in switching market

A report released by The Yankee Group, a Boston, Mass., research firm, predicted that the switching market will see consolidation over the next three to five years that will leave clear second place vendors in a number of niches behind market leader Cisco Systems Inc. As a result, The Yankee Group recommended that enterprises consider specialty vendors for parts of their infrastructure, try alternate vendors and choose Cisco if support and service is critical.

The Yankee Group

10 Gigabit Ethernet market grows

According to a study released by Dell'Oro Group, the Redwood City, Calif., research firm, shipments of 10 Gigabit Ethernet grew 78% in the third quarter of 2002. The company also reported that Gigabit Ethernet port shipments grew 12% during the third quarter of 2002.

Dell'Oro Group

Wireless access points detect rogue users

3e Technologies International Inc. announced a new wireless access point this week. The Rockville, Md., wireless networking company's new access points support power over Ethernet, 10/100 Ethernet and it integrates advanced encryption standard (AES), triple data encryption standard (3DES) and 802.1x standard security. The product is available through a partnership with AirWave Technologies Inc. of San Mateo, Calif., a wireless network management company. The technology also allows networking professionals to monitor and control wireless networks from a single point.

3e Technologies International

AirWave Technologies

New Mobile Enterprise Suite

RPA Wireless Inc. announced the availability of its new wireless enterprise suite of products this week. The Jersey City, N.J., wireless systems integrator is offering a complete managed product that allows real time remote access to corporate information and guaranteed message delivery. The system is compatible with many CRM and ERP products such as Siebel, SAP and Oracle and supports a number of devices including cell phones, PDA and laptops.

RPA Wireless

Survey finds Wi-Fi security still a concern

According to a survey by ReefEdge, Inc., 73% of IT professionals are concerned about wireless local area network security. ReefEdge, a Fort Lee, N.J., wireless security vendor, surveyed 935 IT professionals. Despite the concerns about wireless security, 57% percent of those surveyed had already deployed wireless LANs, and of those who had yet to deploy, 85% had plans to install a wireless LAN system in the near future.


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