off the Press - Product News
January 26th, 2004
Prepress with Digital Gigabit
Inc. and Proactive Technologies have teamed up to provide the digital
prepress and media industries with affordable, reliable Gigabit switches.
Working together for the past six months, the companies sell Gigabit
solutions to hundreds of users at dozens of locations. www.asante.com
the switches of choice for the graphics market," said Pat Taylor,
president of Proactive Technologies. "We supply products to customers
that operate multi-million dollar presses running around the clock.
Downtime is very expensive. We needed to get a good price on networking
equipment, without sacrificing performance. Asante had the vision to
make Gig affordable right now."
Named one of CRN's
Top 25 Rising Stars for 2003, Proactive's strong revenue growth
is based on providing the right pre-configured solutions to their prepress
These include storage, servers, and backup technologies -- but networking
is key. "You can load up on server horsepower and spend a lot on
storage and I/O systems," commented Taylor, "but you must
have the pipes to move big files fast to realize a return on investment.
Our customers in the printing and publishing worlds have very demanding
issues. They regularly move 500 megabyte to 2 Gigabyte files."
typically have a Windows-based infrastructure that feeds Windows-based
infrastructure and Mac machines on the creative side. Proactive purchased
IntraCore 35160-T Layer 2 switches at "20% of the price of our
former supplier," commented Taylor.
"Our next move will be to Asante's IntraCore 35516
Layer 3 switches," said Taylor.
"Customers will need switches like these for new technologies such
as iSCSI (Internet
Small Computer System Interface)."
The IC35516 switches feature 16 non-blocking Gigabit Ethernet
routing, the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) router protocol, multicast
8 hardware-level priority queues, 4000 Virtual LANs (VLANs), double 802.1q
tagging, 2000 multicast groups, and 16,000 routing tables.
"Many people are under the misconception that they
can't afford Gig," continued
Taylor. "We want to change this. The key missing element in their
is the switch. By investing a few thousand dollars in the appropriate
they'll see an immediate improvement and better ROI."
Asante Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of networking
the small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market. Asanté manufactures,
and sells a full line of networking products that provides its customers
with high-performance, reliable, and value-priced solutions. The company's
FriendlyNET and IntraCore product families offer companies a full breadth
of products -- from the edge to the core of their networks.