Alcatel unveiled a year long product roll out plan to enter the branch office voice and data convergence market at Networld Interop in Atlanta this week.
The French telecoms equipment vendor intends to start shipping Omniaccess in December, which it claims is the first integrated local area network (Lan) switch and wide area network (Wan) router for branch offices.
The product, which is targeted at transportation, education, banking, healthcare and education markets, is based on technology from Alcatel's acquisition of Xylan and combines 10/100 Lan switching with Wan routing, multicasting and service level management.
Although user authentication capabilities and Internet firewalls have been built into Omniaccess, security for virtual private networks (VPNs) will also be provided by its Fort Knox Policy Routers.
Alcatel plans to integrate additional VPN security, voice over IP and Web based network management into the offering next year and will also offer optional voice modules supporting up to eight ports of analogue voice and two T1/E1 ports of digital voice by the first half of 2000.
Support for IBM's SNA networking protocol for transport, bank branch office and insurance applications will also be included.
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