One of the world's fastest growing Internet providers, UUNET Technologies selects Cascade switches to build next-generation Internet infrastructure; Delivers superior speed, scalability, reliability and Quality of Service, key requirements for mission-critical business applications.WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 1995 -- Cascade Communications Cascade Communications was a Westford, Massachusetts based manufacturer of communications equipment. Founding
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CSCC Classic Sports Car Club (UK) ) today announced that it was awarded a $6.6 million dollar contract from UUNET (UUNET Technologies, Inc., Fairfax, VA, www.uunet.net) Founded in 1987, UUNET was the first commercial Internet service provider. Originally offering e-mail and news, it became a full Internet service organization providing dial-up and leased line accounts as well as archive space for Technologies, who has developed a next-generation Internet infrastructure, specifically designed for commercial users and based on the Cascade B-STDX multiservice switch (1) A network switch that not only handles data, but adequately supports the real time transmission of voice and video.
(2) A network device that supports multiple switching and routing protocols. family. UUNET also selected CascadeView, the industry's first distributed multiserver WAN management system, for its rapidly expanding Internet services.
Developed as the primary infrastructure for UUNET's high-speed commercial services, UUNET's new Internet See Web 2.0 and Internet2. infrastructure leverages the benefits of 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. switching through Cascade B-STDX's best-in-class features. The new network delivers key requirements for mainstream business users, including: high speed, scalability, enhanced reliability, increased capacity, cost efficiency, uncompromising quality of service, and comprehensive management.
Increased Demand for UUNET Internet Services Boosts Net Capacity Requirements
Since its founding in 1987, UUNET has experienced phenomenal growth. Its customer base has grown to over 8,000 commercial and professional accounts. To meet increasing demand, UUNET is expanding local Internet access services from over 105 cities today, to 200 cities (including 20 outside the U.S.) by December 1995, and 300 cities by December 1996. This will require a much larger, higher capacity Internet infrastructure.
Rearchitecting UUNET's Core Internet Infrastructure
To meet explosive demand for services and grow its network, UUNET realized that it needed to overcome the limitations that make large TCP/IP-based network expansion difficult and expensive. These limitations arise primarily in the core of the network, rather than at the edges.
"We needed to introduce a switching fabric between the routers, eliminating the cost, complexity and performance penalty of multiple hops through intermediary routers," stated Kevin Boyne, UUNET's director of engineering and operations. "We also required cost-effective, high-speed bandwidth management and lower-speed customer access. After evaluating Asynchronous Transfer Mode See ATM.
(communications) Asynchronous Transfer Mode - (ATM, or "fast packet") A method for the dynamic allocation of bandwidth using a fixed-size packet (called a cell).
See also ATM Forum, Wideband ATM.
Indiana acronyms. (ATM) and frame relay, as well as equipment from leading router and switch vendors, we chose the Cascade B-STDX 9000 due to the product's high scalability and flexible architecture."
Since frame relay is a simple protocol at Layer 2, with a header having just two bytes containing a virtual circuit number and a few control bits, it offers a simple, high-performance packet switching solution without the high overhead of ATM cells. Frame relay also offers connection-oriented network service (networking) connection-oriented network service - (CONS) Because of the relatively long transit delays and inferior bit error rate of WANs, a more sophisticated connection-oriented protocol is normally used. . Rather than determining the path of each packet independently, the switch establishes a path between the end points, increasing performance and efficiency.
"Router-based networks, such as the Internet, are growing rapidly," stated Daniel E. Smith, Cascade 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. . "Deploying frame relay at the core allows these networks to continue to scale to support a greater number of users. We are pleased to be partnered with a leading provider of Internet services and to be selected as a key component of UUNET's next-generation Internet infrastructure."
UUNET's Next-Generation Internet Infrastructure
To meet emerging Internet requirements, UUNET rearchitected its network from a public ATM-based network to a higher-capacity frame relay-based network backbone comprised of 45 Mbps DS3 leased lines. The Cascade infrastructure has been installed in parallel with the existing router network. Over time, equipment in the router network is being transitioned to serve as feeders to the Cascade B-STDX 9000 via DS3 connection in major cities. Frame relay now serves as the trunking infrastructure, enabling the removal of the public ATM backbone. This new network infrastructure provides UUNET with the ability to quickly and easily scale its new Internet infrastructure to meet increasing user demand.
"We realized switching with the Cascade B-STDX would improve performance, reduce equipment costs, enhance Quality of Service, increase reliability and manageability, and allow us to scale to meet future demands," said Boyne. "Within the next 12 to 15 months, we plan to have at least a 60 node network using Cascade B-STDX 9000s," he said. "It will cover the United States pretty thoroughly."
Cascade's B-STDX switch family is the industry's first multiservice wide area network switch that simultaneously supports frame relay, Switched Multimegabit Digital Service (SMDS (Switched Multimegabit Data Service) A high-speed, switched data communications service offered by the local telephone companies for interconnecting LANs in different locations. It was introduced in 1992 and became generally available nationwide by 1995. ) and ATM on a single platform. The 16-slot, fully-redundant switch provides the industry's highest port density and highest network capacity. The Cascade switch also features the highest frame relay speeds in the industry, ranging from 9.6 Kbps to 45 Mbps.
Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, UUNET Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of a comprehensive range of Internet access options, World Wide Web hosting services, security products, and consulting services to businesses, professionals, and on-line service providers. The company's network is comprised of points of presence throughout the U.S., as well as connections to Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. around the world. Founded in 1987, UUNET is recognized as the first commercial Internet service provider and the official access provider to The Microsoft Network. UUNET can be reached at (800) 4UUNET4, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the WWW WWW or W3: see World Wide Web.
(World Wide Web) The common host name for a Web server. The "www-dot" prefix on Web addresses is widely used to provide a recognizable way of identifying a Web site. home page at http://www.uu.net.
One of the world's fastest growing data communications companies and price/performance leader in frame relay, Cascade Communications of Westford, Mass. is a global provider of wide area networking products for the enterprise and public carrier network markets. The pioneer of multiservice WAN switches, Cascade delivers enterprise-ready switches and network management solutions that enable customers to seamlessly integrate existing technologies with ATM for cost-effective network expansion and investment protection. Cascade's STDX and B-STDX multiservice WAN switches and the recently introduced Cascade 500 ATM switch offer the highest scalability and network capacity in the industry. Worldwide, private and public networks such as BellSouth, Bridge Information Systems, GTE GTE General Telephone & Electronics
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