Franchise companies and potential franchisees are being introduced to FDDI
through a series of one-day "Franchise Opportunities for Women, Minorities and Veterans" seminars in major cities across the country that piggyback onto the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership program.
When all FDDI
switched ports are filled, Gigabit Ethernet ports can be added, an option not possible with a conventional FDDI
USC University Hospital's network was reconfigured to use five EIFOs and one FDDI
's dual rings can stretch to a diameter of 100 km, with up to 500 attached nodes spaced a maximum of 2 km apart.
It offers two prime features: FDDI
and Ethernet support, and--more critical--wire-speed connectivity between any ports on the hub, provided by the hub's switching architecture and integrated bridge/router internetworking engine.
Prices for ATM switches have also started to fall into the FDDI
range, prompting users to hold off implementing FDDI
in favor of ATM.
Speculates Gagnon: "FDDI
capacity should keep us going for the next five years.
Every major LAN topology has a fiber-optic alternative, while the Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI
), designed specifically for fiber, is a high-speed backbone LAN.
In a tutorial on FDDI
, Consultant Jim Albrycht enthused about this "second-generation LAN architected as a platform for integrating all data types."