June 30th, 2003
Over the past several years our industry has been distracted, yes distracted by the dotcom bust, telecom crash, global recession, bankruptcies and executive scandals. During this period, the networking industry has continued to innovate and produce new technologies and products. While we had or heads down working hard reacting to external pressures and threats, the networking industry changed. Over the past three years the networking vendors have financed billions in R&D investment. What we got for that investment is network security products, IP Telephony, wirelesses LANs, 10G Ethernet, storage area networking and broadband. All these new technologies are now reshaping enterprise networks in ways that were unanticipated. For example, a new two-tier LAN structure made up of smart workgroups and a distributed core backbone is emerging.
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