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Fast Ethernet trunking technology from Cisco and Sun Microsystems will let users boost switch-to-server connections higher than 100Mbps before Gigabit Ethernet becomes widely available.
A four-port server adapter announced last week by Sun will take up only one slot in a Sun server and will let users attach four full-duplex 10/100Mbps connections to a Cisco Catalyst 5000 switch or 7500 router. Cisco's Fast EtherChannel allows the four-port adapter to consolidate the four channels onto one full-duplex 800Mbps link.
The trunked Fast Ethernet links will also provide redundancy and allow load balancing, officials said.
Several other server and adapter companies …