NetPlane Introduces LTCS 4.0 Industry's First Integrated IP and Optical MPLS Software Solution; Early Releases Delivered to Seven Customers.Business Editors & High-Tech Writers
WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 2001
NetPlane(TM) Systems, the protocol software business of Mindspeed Technologies(TM), today introduced the latest release of its industry-leading MPLS (1) (MultiProtocol Lambda Switching) The earlier name for GMPLS. See GMPLS.
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Delivered to seven early customers, LTCS 4.0 also features full integration with OPTIRoute(TM), NetPlane's carrier class implementation for IP and optical routing.
"This latest version of LTCS is packed with an extremely rich feature set that focuses on supporting the current, key application needs of traditional IP and emerging photonic transport equipment," said NetPlane's vice president and general manager, Deepak Shahane.
"It addresses what is most important to our customers -- having a stable code base and a feature set they can use in a number of very strategic applications."
The key industry applications LTCS 4.0 focuses on include capabilities for classical IP applications, such as Traffic Engineering and Provider-Provisioned VPNs (PP-VPNs), Layer 2 tunneling mechanisms for metro optical networks, Generalized MPLS functionality for core optical network transport and Optical User Network Interface (O-UNI) for optical network access.
NetTest, an industry leader in the test and measurement of next generation optical networks, recently selected NetPlane's classical MPLS and GMPLS (Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching) In a WDM optical networking system, it is the ability to route a data transmission based on the wavelength of light that carries it. solution for its network emulation Network emulation is a technique where the properties of an existing, planned and/or non-ideal network are simulated in order assess performance, predict the impact of change, or otherwise optimize technology decision-making. products.
"We've built our reputation on providing superior network performance testing Performance Testing covers a broad range of engineering or functional evaluations where a material, product, or system is not specified by detailed material or component specifications: Rather, emphasis is on the final measurable performance characteristics. for high-speed networks," said Ron Aharoni, director of marketing, Advanced Testing Solutions, NetTest.
"When it came to choosing MPLS and GMPLS solutions that allowed us to develop our powerful interEMULATOR for vendors to test the scalability of their devices and help carriers during their network planning, we selected an industry leader in NetPlane."
"While the long-term outlook is very promising for metro core optical transport equipment, equipment vendors face increasing pressure to provide products that satisfy a compelling ROI (Return On Investment) The monetary benefits derived from having spent money on developing or revising a system. In the IT world, there are more ways to compute ROI than Carter has liver pills (and for those of you who never heard of that expression, it means a lot). value proposition and offer incremental revenue streams.
"That goal is greatly aided by NetPlane's latest classical and optical MPLS solution that should enhance their leadership in this area," said Frank Bernhard, Ph.D., managing principal, OMNI OMNI Omnidirectional
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NetPlane is also working with leading vendors who represent 90 percent of the SONET/SDH market. These OEMs, some of which are included in the seven early LTCS 4.0 shipments, have provided valuable feedback on key product requirements and continued feature evolution as optical control plane standards mature.
NetPlane's LTCS (Label Traffic Control System(TM)) software is the industry's most widely deployed MPLS software and has been adopted by more than 65 network manufacturers. Its LTCS-Optical supports the signaling requirements of photonic networks including access to those networks by traditional IP equipment using LTCS-Classical.
Its LTCS-Optical software is designed for carrier-class optical core devices and applications where packetized MPLS and optical MPLS signaling converge.
The portable NetPlane software is highly scalable, designed for centralized and distributed environments and is processor independent. Like all NetPlane carrier-class products, LTCS 4.0 has a high availability Also called "RAS" (reliability, availability, serviceability) or "fault resilient," it refers to a multiprocessing system that can quickly recover from a failure. There may be a minute or two of downtime while one system switches over to another, but processing will continue. architecture.
Pricing and Availability
Available in December, pricing for LTCS 4.0 begins at $240,000 for new systems. Upgrade pricing is available for existing LTCS-Classical customers.
About NetPlane Systems
NetPlane Systems Inc., a business of Mindspeed Technologies(TM), the Internet infrastructure business of Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT), is a leading developer of portable, networking protocol software and systems for the control plane.
More than 250 equipment manufacturers worldwide, which are developing products for the next-generation Internet and other data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another. and telecommunications networks, employ NetPlane's software.
NetPlane's technology expertise includes MPLS, GMPLS, IP Routing, ATM, PNNI (Private Network-to-Network Interface) A routing protocol used between ATM switches in an ATM network. It lets the switches inform each other about network topology so they can make appropriate forwarding decisions. , Frame Relay A high-speed packet switching protocol used in wide area networks (WANs). Providing a granular service of up to DS3 speed (45 Mbps), it has become popular for LAN to LAN connections across remote distances, and services are offered by most major carriers. and Simulation Test Tools, with a focus on carrier-class capabilities required by the service provider marketplace. NetPlane's Label Traffic Control System(TM) (LTCS) was the industry's first available MPLS software solution.
Known for its technology innovation and the superior functionality and quality of its products, NetPlane's solutions enable customers to accelerate time-to-market, streamline the development process, lower life cycle costs and reduce development risks.
The company's customers range from the world's leading networking manufacturers like Nortel, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel, Fujitsu, NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. , Siemens and Ericsson to emerging next generation equipment manufacturers, such as AcceLight Networks and VIPswitch. For more information, visit NetPlane at www.netplane.com.
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Note to Editors: NetPlane executives will be available to discuss LTCS 4.0 at NGN (Next Generation Networks) An umbrella term for mixed voice and data networks running over the IP protocol. See IP Multimedia Subsystem. 2001 in Boston, Nov. 5-6 at booth No. 214/216, as well as at a special corporate briefing, Nov. 6 at the show at 7 p.m. in the Suffolk Suite of the Copley Marriott.