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Ekinops, Extreme Networks Team to Intro Ethernet Switching and Routing Systems


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June 20, 2011

Ekinops, Extreme Networks Team to Intro Ethernet Switching and Routing Systems

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Ekinops (News - Alert) has partnered with Extreme Networks to introduce a line of integrated, scalable Layer 1, 2, and 3 Ethernet switching and routing systems.

Thanks to the new product line, Ekinops can address the switching, routing, and optical transport needs of service providers, wireless carriers, data centers, and enterprise IT networks. Company officials said that this new product line is based on proven technology that has millions of ports deployed throughout the world.

Ekinops is a designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The company is known for its Ekinops 360 optical transport platform and associated aggregation, uncompressed video transport, and multiplexing products, said Rob Adams (News - Alert), vice president of global marketing at Ekinops.

The company has expanded its capabilities to address a broader range of service provider, data center, and enterprise needs, Adams said.

The Ekinops portfolio of integrated switching and routing products is so broad that it lets customers address a multitude of applications, Adams said, adding that these solutions scale from 10 gigabits per second to multiple terabits per second of switching and routing capacity and, when integrated with the company’s transport solution, provide terabits of transport capability, as well. With the new Metro Ethernet Forum (News - Alert)-certified systems, customers can select the exact switching, routing, and transport capacity needed. In addition, they are also able to pick the necessary types, rates, and numbers of physical interfaces.

Some of the Layer 1, 2, or 3 customer applications that the switching, routing, and transport offerings address are: wireless backhaul, business Ethernet services, carrier Ethernet, and triple or quad play, said company officials.

And, the Layer 2 and 3 capabilities are: MPLS, VPLS, IP routing, Carrier Ethernet and Ethernet switching, including an integrated management capability focused on Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security (FCAPS) and end-to-end service monitoring and provisioning. “If you have multiple applications, some requiring only Layer 1 transport or a mix of Carrier Ethernet and Layer 1 transport, we now have the toolkit to meet your needs, Adams said. “And the same family of products can be used for data center applications or your own internal IT needs.”

The new routing and switching products are now commercially available.

Recently, Ekinops and its partner, Rotal Networks, provided Bezeq with Ekinops 360.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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