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Masergy Launches ``Intelligent Transport'' Service; New Service Provides Ethernet On A Serial Connection for Cost-Effective Global Coverage.



CHICAGO -- Masergy Communications, Inc. today announced a new delivery service that offers Ethernet on a serial connection to deliver Ethernet anywhere enterprise customers do business. This unique IP transport service gives enterprise customers a simple, flexible, cost-effective way to get a global Ethernet solution with end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS). MASERGY's Intelligent Transport service also lets customers put their public and private network services on a single circuit while allowing for prioritization of applications based on business requirements.

MASERGY's Intelligent Transport service uses an "Intelligent Bridge" to provide an Ethernet "hand-off" over a serial connection; The Intelligent Bridge allows MASERGY to deliver multiple transport services The collective functions of layers 1 through 4 of the OSI model.  (RFC (Request For Comments) A document that describes the specifications for a recommended technology. Although the word "request" is in the title, if the specification is ratified, it becomes a standards document.  2547 VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks. , VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) A multipoint virtual private network (VPN) service from carriers that connects any number of Ethernet LANs together over an IP core, typically using MPLS, although other encapsulation protocols can be used. , Public Internet, etc.) over Virtual Connections (VLANs or DLCIs). Customers can choose a single service or multiple services over a single interface.

The Intelligent Transport service -- being unveiled at SUPERCOMM in Isocore's IP Optical Pavilion (Booth #11142) -- gives customers access to MASERGY's IP MPLS (1) (MultiProtocol Lambda Switching) The earlier name for GMPLS. See GMPLS.

(2) (MultiProtocol Label Switching) A standard from the IETF for including routing information in the packets of an IP network.
 network, allowing businesses to mark traffic for differentiated treatment in the MASERGY network and on the access links. Customers configure their terminating equipment to provide prioritization of traffic on the access links inbound to the network, while MASERGY enforces prioritization of traffic on the access links outbound from the network.

"MASERGY's Intelligent Transport service is a natural progression for MPLS-based solutions," said Barry D. Nalls, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of MASERGY. "Now enterprises are not restricted in getting Ethernet to all of their global business locations."

MASERGY's Intelligent Transport comes with the ability to separate traffic end-to-end into 5 Quality of Service (QoS) levels: Normal Data, Priority Data, Critical Data, Video and Voice. The QoS level is selected for the overall port, not on each Virtual Connection. Also, the product supports multiple high-speed access types as available in specific countries. All access types have full-rate or burstable options.

Using a secure, Web-based portal, customers can modify their Intelligent Transport service bandwidth billing options. Customers can change from burstable to flat-rate service or modify tiers with tiered service Tiered services is business jargon for providing a service (such as telecom connectivity or cable channel service) according to separate, incrementally distinct quality and pay levels, or "tiers."

The term has current usage in the debate over network neutrality.
 options. This level of customer control is a cornerstone of MASERGY's industry-leading network services.

Another key feature of MASERGY's Intelligent Transport service is the ability of customers to put their private and public networks on the same circuit and maintain QoS capabilities. Until now, customers had to choose one or the other.

"Enterprise customers who have experience with MPLS networks are telling us they want to manage their public and private networks on a single circuit, and Intelligent Transport meets that requirement," added Nalls.

The Intelligent Transport product is supported by Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to help ensure that the service meets the demands of the customer. These SLAs cover network latency See latency. , packet delivery, service installation, service availability and pro-active notification.

About MASERGY

Masergy Communications, Inc., is a privately held global service provider specializing in real-time application performance across converged enterprise networks. Serving customers in over 30 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Latin and North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , MASERGY leverages Multi Protocol Label Switching (networking) label switching - A routing technique that uses information from existing IP routing protocols to identify IP datagrams with labels and forwards them to a modified switch or router, which then uses the labels to switch the datagrams through the network.  (MPLS) across an Internet Protocol (IP)-based network to cost-effectively deliver multiple services over a single connection. MASERGY's customers include companies from the financial/banking, health care, entertainment broadcasting, hospitality/hotels and manufacturing industries. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.masergy.com or call 866-MASERGY.
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