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3Com

(3Com Corporation, Marlborough, MA, www.3com.com) Founded in 1979 by Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, 3Com was acquired by HP in 2010, and its products were fully merged into HP's product lines. Offering a wide variety of network adapters, hubs and related products, 3Com was a leading networking and communications hardware vendor deriving its name from "Computer, Communication and Compatibility."

In 1997, 3Com and U.S. Robotics merged. Retaining the 3Com name, it created a USD $5 billion dollar company with more than 12,000 employees and was the largest merger in the history of the data networking industry. In 2000, 3Com spun off U.S. Robotics as an independent, privately held company.

3Com used to develop and support a line of network operating systems, which it discontinued in 1993. 3+Share was a DOS-based network operating system for PC and Mac clients. 3+Open was OS/2 based and supported DOS, OS/2 and Mac clients. See U.S. Robotics.
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The Power over Ethernet in the Baseline Plus Switch drives power to the new PoE OfficeConnect wireless access points and 3Com advanced IP telephones.
As business requirements evolve and technology opens new market opportunities, organizations need the ability to choose applications that can be fully integrated into the secure, converged network to enhance performance, visibility and control," said Anna Dorcey, vice president, 3Com Technology Partner Programs.
3Com OSN challenges how networks are built by enabling a rich and diverse set of third-party, open source and 3Com applications and services to run seamlessly inside the network infrastructure.
With the 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone, users are connected to an enterprise phone system so they can receive calls destined for their desks while they are anywhere in a building or campus environment - unlike a mobile cellular phone.
Our joint venture in China is a growing and profitable enterprise that we believe can be an important cornerstone of 3Com's future," said 3Com Chairman, Eric Benhamou.
Upon validating the vulnerability information, 3Com reported the first vulnerability to Symantec in December.
When the joint venture was formed in 2003, we had three key objectives: First, to establish a substantial presence in China, the world's fastest growing market; second, to create a resource capable of building enterprise-class, cutting-edge switching and routing products faster than we could deliver on our own; and third, to capitalize on a rapidly growing pool of engineering talent," said Scott Murray, president and CEO of 3Com.
We had evaluated the other major convergence vendors, but 3Com stood out as the best to meet our communications requirements.
Additionally, the 3Com Switch 5500G-EI earned The Tolly Group's "First & Foremost" distinction as the first switch in its class with Power over Ethernet (PoE) in a stackable Gigabit switch to power Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, IP security cameras, wireless access points and other PoE-enabled devices.
3Com leverages Ethernet network technology - predominant in most businesses worldwide today - for converging telephony on wired and wireless platforms designed to optimize business applications without compromising online security protection against hackers or other malicious online attacks.
Our 3Com converged network provides the enterprise-class performance and safeguards we need to satisfy our security strategy," said Michael Dunken, network administrator at Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, Calif.
To that end, Chris Meaney, vice president of Secure Networks, Enterprise Networks Division of Siemens Communications commented on the strategic alliance between 3Com and Siemens that the two companies jointly announced today, and its role in 3Com's strategy.