Monday, November 15, 2004

3Com Going Back to Core Switch Business

In a related story, my ex-girlfriend who cheated on me wants me back! Well, not really, but you get the idea. How can 3Com look a potential customer in the eye and say, "we're back, we're better than before and we won't leave you this time...really!" 3Com basically screwed any core customers it had in the 90's when it just left them for dead (read: holding the bag) and abondoned all efforts at the core switching market. Basically 3Com took your best friend to the prom and now wants you to pay for the limo!

After quitting the core LAN switch market in the late 1990s, 3Com hopes to make up for ground lost primarily to Cisco Systems Inc. in large-enterprise networks by employing a combination of lower prices, better performance and a future-proof architecture.
"This is 3Com's way of redeeming themselves for abandoning the switch market a few years ago. 3Com has some real dedication to the core-switch market. The amount of research and development they're putting into the new product line really demonstrates their commitment," said 3Com user Mark Berkheimer, IT manager at the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, in Middletown, Pa.