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Networking Trends in 1996
Publication: CI Press Release Issued: Date: 1996-01-01 Reporter: CI Systems

CI Press Release

1996-01-01

"The sun will rise on FDDI technology in 1996, and deservedly so. It is the best standards-based solution for networks requiring high-speed that is available and functional now," argues CI Systems managing director, Richard Young.

Cape-based CI Systems specialises in the application of information technology and display systems, specifically system integration using high-speed digital data communications.

Young stresses that, while ATM will probably become the next-generation of information networks by virtue of its greater functionality and speed, it does not yet have the desktop functionality to make a significant impact on networks in 1996.

"While the `ATM versus FDDI' debate will continue furiously, common sense will dictate that the majority of network managers will match their current and future applications to the technology which supports it more fully today and which allows for an upgrade path.

"And this means FDDI.

"Network managers electing FDDI can rest assured in the knowledge that many vendors of FDDI are planning strategies to allow smooth transitions to ATM in the future when it is standardised and accepted by the commercial market place."

In addition, says Young, any talk of alternative networking standards being killed off by ATM is premature.

"The truth of the matter is that there's plenty of room in the market for 100-megabit Ethernet technologies, switched Ethernet, and the rest," he says.

"This is particularly true of Fast Ethernet and its 100BASE-T technology.

"While IBM, HP, AT&T back the 100VG-AnyLAN Forum, upwards of 40 vendors now support 100BASE-T and are delivering compliant products. 100BASE-T is also quickly moving through the standards process.

"For network managers seeking to enhance LAN capacities for desktop applications in 1996, Fast Ethernet should prevail. Its price advantage over ATM is obvious (+/- US $700 per user versus US $ 2 000+) and, while the price of both technologies is dropping, the approximate ration between them should remain constant".