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November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...

November 13, 2008  2:30 PM

New Cisco edge router to focus on metro apps in 2009



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Cisco, Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, multi-service edge device, Networking, Routers, Switches

Cisco has announced a new edge router, the 9000, which is widely expected to be the replacement for its aging but important 7600 series. The new box features a card design that gives it a very high per-card capacity, making it capable of supporting the new 100 Mbps Ethernet standard when it is...


September 16, 2008  1:52 PM

Juniper continues software transformation



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Juniper Networks, Routers, Security, Switches, Virtualization

Juniper has announced the first major innovation in its Service Layer Technology area, something it calls the Dynamic Services Architecture. This is a new product set, the first of which is the SRX Services Gateway, built on a platform that tightly couples service feature hosting and both...


August 1, 2008  1:24 PM

Siemens telecom purchase: Signal of strength?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Routers, Switches, Verizon

The decision by billionaire Alec Gores to buy the Siemens telecom business may be a signal that the longer-term fundamentals of telecom are stronger than many expect, or it may be an indication that Gores has taken one gamble to many. We have reservations about the space for the next two to...


July 22, 2008  6:47 PM

Brocade to acquire Foundry



Posted by: Tom Nolle
DataCenter, Ethernet, Networking, Switches

Brocade Communications, a data center fibrechannel switch player, is acquiring Foundry, the Ethernet switch company. The deal is likely to meet little resistance from any regulatory or shareholder perspective and so can be considered done. We believe this move is a step toward recognizing a...


March 26, 2008  12:18 PM

Juniper move signals original processor work?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Juniper Networks, Routers, Switches

David Yen, a kingpin in Sun’s revitalized microprocessor program, is leaving Sun for Juniper, where he will be an executive VP of Emerging Technologies, a move that certainly means that Juniper will be doing more original work with microprocessors and/or network processors. There has been a lot...


February 28, 2008  2:10 PM

Nortel’s Carrier Ethernet perception confused



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Nortel, Switches

Nortel, whose performance in the last quarter was significantly below expectations, is pinning a lot of its hopes on grabbing a major share of the Carrier Ethernet market. A major barrier to Nortel’s goals is a lack of company perception on just what that market is, arising out of the same kind...


January 30, 2008  3:48 PM

Juniper launches enterprise Ethernet products



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Ethernet, Juniper Networks, Switches

Juniper announced its long-awaited EX series of enterprise Ethernet switches, and marketing partnerships with Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. The move to enterprise switching was expected but the partnerships are more a surprise, though how well they will pan out for Juniper is yet to be seen. Juniper...


November 21, 2007  1:53 PM

Carrier Ethernet creates equipment market shifts



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Routers, Switches

Research is confirming what many have noticed anecdotally: Cisco, Juniper and Nortel are gaining in the carrier router-switch market and Alcatel-Lucent is declining. The shift is likely driven in large part by the shifts toward Carrier Ethernet deployment from traditional routing, a shift that...


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