TITLE

Demands Shift For Next-Gen Switch/Routers

AUTHOR(S)
Stuck, Bart; Weingarten, Michael
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Sep2004, Vol. 34 Issue 9, p54
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a discussion on next-generation switch/routers. It is proposed that enterprise networking trends will drive demand for more flexible and powerful switch/routers. Next-generation switch/router designs already developed would not meet tomorrow's enterprise networking needs. Instead, switch/routers will have to address a wider range of networking requirements, including: changing traffic patterns; layer 4-7 application awareness; security; wireless; storage; grid computing; and XML. Developments within each of these technology areas did not stop with the slowdown in technology and network spending. New switches/routers are needed that can: handle technology developments in the enterprise LAN rather than in the WAN; scale to treat them across enterprise core and remote sites; read and differentially process heterogeneous packets at wire speed; read and convert among multiple protocols at wire speed; accept remote programming changes for tighter security; scale to very large non-blocking capacity levels; and handle very large packets. INSET: Executive Summary.
ACCESSION #
14421373

 

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