Gigabit Ethernet--The Core of the Network
Going for Gigabit
Recently, Publishing Solutions, a subsidiary of value-added reseller Multigraphics, introduced G-NIC II, a gigabit ethernet PCI card for the Apple Macintosh that increases transfer efficiency of large files in multi-platform client/server networks by up to 4,000 percent.
Packet Engines—a gigabit ethernet networking company—developed the G-NIC II networking card for Windows NT and UNIX operating systems to complement its family of gigabit ethernet hubs and switching products. Publishing Solutions partnered with Packet Engines to develop a software driver for the Macintosh, which is optimized for Macintosh 0S 8.5.
"In one day, an average commercial printer can move tremendous volumes of digital data, terabytes of data, across a small network using gigabit ethernet," reports Ray T. Leach, president of Publishing Solutions, an Akron, OH-based systems integrator serving high-end printers, designers and corporate communications departments.
"Gigabit ethernet networking capabilities have the promise to totally change the data component of a prepress company by increasing the power of the workgroup or server group within a prepress facility," Leach contends. "Gigabit ethernet can retool the core of a network, making the entire network more effective from a networking performance standpoint."
So, who is sold on gigabit ethernet? For one, Heidelberg, as Dan Kita, manager of the Operations Analysis Group—the consulting arm of Heidelberg USA—confirms. He is active in gigabit ethernet planning and design projects.
Kita reports that Heidelberg USA partners with 3Com and Data General to provide network, server and database solutions for the printing and publishing industry. Data General is a major supplier of storage and enterprise computing solutions worldwide.
"Heidelberg views gigabit ethernet as the great enabler of database technology," Kita explains. "Because of the extra stress client/server operations put on the network, we have typically tried to avoid their use in prepress; however, gigabit ethernet is arriving at just the right time to complement recent database technology developments. Therefore, we believe that it will be an accelerant to the mainstream use of database technologies."