IBM and 3Com are to expand an existing agreement to integrate and resell some of their respective networking products.
The agreement will focus on the two firms? ATM switch products, as well as integrating 3Com?s Fast and gigabit Ethernet technology into IBM?s 8260 campus backbone switches.
IBM made no comment on the future of its similar relationship with Xylan, but said the 3Com deal is not exclusive for either company.
The firms will exchange IBM?s Prizma ATM chipset and 3Com?s Ethernet-to-ATM Zipchip switching technologies to enable compatibility in future high-end campus backbone switches.
IBM will add a number of products to its inventory, including 3Com?s Superstack 1000 and 3000 workgroup switches and ATM uplinks for future versions of these.
By using IBM?s Multiprotocol Switched Services technology, 3Com said it will be able to add functionality to its Lan emulation (Lane) capability. This will include Multiprotocol over ATM server and interoperability between Token Ring and Lane, and Ethernet and Lane.
Rick McGee, VP of IBM?s networking hardware division, said: ?This announcement underscores our commitment to enhance our ATM and Ethernet backbone products as comprehensive solutions that customers require for their intranets and extranets.?
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