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Adtran Offers a Combo

Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) today unveiled the latest additions to its NetVanta portfolio, new all-in-one network products designed to slash the cost of using separate switches and routers.

The platform combines a 24-port managed Ethernet switch, an IP access router, firewall, and optional VPN capabilities. One of the boxes, the 1224R, is a combined Ethernet switch and access router, whereas the 1224STR also offers an integral Gigabit Ethernet port.

Abner Germanow, enterprise networking research manager at analyst firm IDC, believes that a combined switch/router could slash the hardware cost of using multiple devices from a single vendor such as Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

The cost saving could be anything from 20 percent to 50 percent,” says Germanow, compared to using a Cisco LAN switch, a Cisco router, and a firewall or VPN card on the router.

Adtran also announced two new Ethernet switches -- the NetVanta 1224 and 1224ST. Both products support 24 10/100Base-T interfaces for non-blocking Layer 2 switching in Ethernet and Fast Ethernet applications. The 1224ST also includes dual interfaces supporting Gigabit over copper or fiber.

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