Lan vendors Bay Networks, IBM and 3Com agreed to standardise Lans through common specifications and testing on Monday, in a move to counter Cisco's threatened dominance in the market after it took over Stratacom last month.
The deal is intended to link Bay routers, Lan kit from 3Com and IBM high-speed networking hardware. The three giants will propose the non-proprietary specifications to standards organisations IEEE, IETF and the ATM Forum. The firms said customers will find it simpler to integrate Lans, routing, internetworking and ATM as a result of the agreement.
3Com chairman and CEO Eric Benhamou said: 'This plan is a comprehensive step toward integrating desktops and servers into a simplified and open networking environment.'
Andy Ludwick, president and CEO of Bay, said the move is a step forward for the industry.
The firms said customers that buy their products can be confident they will work together and with their existing kit.
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