1. Alcatel Introduces New Switches
Alcatel has introduced a family of switches including the OmniSwitch 7700 for the edge, the 7800 for medium enterprise core or large wiring closet, and the 8800 for the large enterprise core.
The new products feature a distributed architecture with all traffic processing power distributed to the line cards. The architecture of the 7800 and 8800 delivers wire speed layer 2 and layer 3, QoS, access control list, as well as embedded server load balancing. The technology also features one click QoS, allowing the network manager to quickly enforce QoS behaviors throughout the network to give priority to mission critical applications. Alcatel’s distributed multi-layer security creates policies based on switch port, VLAN, network layer, and transport layer.
The OmniSwitch 7800, the medium sized enterprise core switch, provides a Gigabit Ethernet density up to 192 ports with a throughput of 60 Mpps. The 8800, for large enterprises, provides Gigabit Ethernet density of up to 384 ports, with a throughput up to 240 Mpps.
The OmniSwitch 7700, for the edge, will start at $11,000. The 7800 will start at $16,000. Both of these products are scheduled for availability next quarter. The 8800 is scheduled for availability in Q’3.
In other company news, Alcatel has said that it has signed a five year OEM deal to sell, service and support Telica’s Plexus 9000 , an intelligent switching platform for VoIP systems.
3. Ixia Acquires Empirix’s ANVL Product Line
Ixia has acquired Empirix’s ANVL (automated network validation library) product line. The ANVL technology performs protocol conformance testing for RSVP, BGP, OSPF, and TCP/IP. The two companies plan to demonstrate analysis solutions for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Layer 4 through 7 switching, VoIP, video, and 3G wireless via an 11-city seminar tour.
5. Orbit’s Newark PoP Operational
Orbit E-Commerce has announced that its VoIP PoP in Newark, New Jersey is operational. The PoP, developed to offer long distance VoIP services to New York City and surrounding communities, is connected to the provider’s Canadian VoIP network.
Orbit intends to deploy at least 40 PoPs in major metro areas in the U.S. and has partnered with IBM for 7 of the deployments.
7. IP Unity Teams with Convergent to Offer VoIP Solution
IP Unity has teamed with Convergent Networks to offer a VoIP solution that combines IP Unity’s Harmony 6000, comprised of a media server, applications server, and applications, with Convergent’s Cohesion, a softswitch platform. Together, the technologies provide telephony services such as auto-attendant, unified messaging, voicemail, IVR, remote conferencing, and call card services. IP Unity’s media server performs DTMF detection, audio recording and playback, speech recognition, transcoding, text-to-speech, and audio mixing. The distributed architecture of Convergent’s softswitch manages calls across packet and circuit switched networks using MGCP and SIP.
9. VON Show Scheduled for April 8-11 in Seattle
The Spring VON Show is scheduled for April 8-11 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.
The event will feature workshops and dozens of sessions. The exibitor list includes Acme Packet, Aculab, Agilent Technologies, Aravox Technologies, Artesyn Technologies, AudioCodes, BCM Advanced Research, Broadsoft, Brooktrout Technology, Cisco Systems, Clipcomm, Cognitronics, Commetrex, CommWorks, Continuous Computing, Convedia, Cosmobridge, CPDI, Data Connection Limited, Diversified Technology, ECI Telecom-NGTS, Ectel, Empirix, Gallery IP Telephony, Global IP Sound, GNP Computers, GoBeam, HighDeal, Hughes Software Systems, Indigo Software, Ingate Systems AB, inPACT technologies, Intel, Interactive Intelligence, Intertex Data AB, InterWorks, ipDialog, IPeria, LEA Consultants Limited, Longboard, Mera Networks, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Pavillion, Minacom, Mitel Networks, Mockingbird Networks, Motorola Computer Group, Motorola Packet Telphony, NACT, Netbricks, NetCentrex, NMS Communications, NUERA, Octasic, Opticom, Pactolus Communication Software, PhoenixSoft, Pingtel, Polycom, PsyTechnics, pulver.com, Quintum Technologies, RADCOM, RADVISION, Ridgeway Systems & Software, Sage Instruments, Snowshore Networks, SoftJoys Labs, Sonus Networks, Sounding Board Magazine, Spectrum Signal Processing, Spirent Communications, SS8 Networks, Surf Communications Solutions, Tangerine, Telephony@Work, teleSys Software, Teltone Corporation, Texas Instruments, TransNexus, Trillium Digital Systems, Trinity Convergence, Unimax Systems Corporation, Unisphere Networks, Vegastream, VocalTec Communications, Voyant Technologies, Webley Systems, and Wind River.
Today will be the last day for early registration discounts. The full program will cost you $1895. Exhibit hall only will cost $895. Registration will increase tomorrow and again for on-site registration.
11. NewSouth to Deploy Tekelec’s Softswitch
NewSouth Communications, a broadband telecom provider, will deploy Tekelec’s packet tandem solution based on its VXi media gateway controller. Tekelec’s softswitch will support NewSouth’s long distance service in the provider’s 9-state regional network, which combines ATM and TDM technologies.
Tekelec’s technology couples the media gateway controller with media gateways serving as trunking gateways to deliver the functionality of a Class 4 tandem or toll switch in a packet network. The company’s IP7 gateway interworks with the gateway controller to provide SS7 connectivity. The gateway controller supports packet applications including Internet offload, local calling services, international gateway, and wireless tandem.
13. BuddyPhone Supporting Video & Data Transfer
BuddyPhone has enhanced its VoIP client to support video and data transfer. The buddyphone service provides free PC to PC service and a fee-based PC to phone service.
15. iBasis Sells Messaging Business to Call Sciences
Call Sciences has agreed to buy iBasis’ messaging business including its Santa Clara data center, its customers, revenue streams, and prospects. The business’ technology includes a hosted messaging solution for wireless and wireline carriers. The hosted communications services include phone-based access to email, voicemail, faxmail, PIM, and personalized communications portal services.
Call Sciences is a supplier of unified communications solutions
17. Mitel & VCON to Develop IP Video Solutions
Mitel Networks and VCON will co-develop and distribute IP video solutions for conference rooms and desktops. Initially, the two companies will integrate’s Mitel’s 3300 integrated communications platform and VCON’s Media xChange Manager. The combined technology will allow users with videophones to initiate a video call from pressing a single button on the phone.
19. NEC Introduces Enterprise iPBX
NEC America has introduced NEAX 2400 IPX, an enterprise iPBX that provides a combination of peer-to-peer switching, IP transport, and TDM telephony as well as PBX functionality. The technology can scale to 24,000 ports.