Wide area company Network Equipment Technologies (NET) has moved into the ATM arena and claimed it will take on established companies Cascade, Stratacom, Nortel and Newbridge with better technologies. It was a founder member of the ATM forum.
David Owens, VP of strategy and technology at the $340 million company, said: ?We?re adding an ATM product line to what we already have. We don?t think existing products are robust enough for the traffic they take.?
NET introduced a range of ATM products. The Promina product family includes switching, access and and multiplexors. The 4000 is aimed at carriers and ISPs and offers high capacity E3 functions at 34Mbps, T3 at 45Mbps and OC-3 at 155Mbps access, said Evans. Switching capacity is 10Gbps non blocking. Evans said customers it aimed at with the Promina 4000 include the BTs and AT&Ts of this world.
The other member of the Promina family is the 2000, aimed at corporate customers, said Evans. These will include banks, large corporations and government networks requiring high bandwidth. ?We can?t say who they are,? Evans said, thus indicating that organisations like the CIA and MI5 were customers. In addition to the Promina offerings, NET is also offering upgrades to its IDNX range with Cell Xpress, which provides multiservice access to ATM network offerings, and integrated network management with its Panavue network management platform.
This allows administrators to access status information for both the IDNX and the Promina family using a Web browser, has advanced intelligent fault management and can be customised.
Evans said that while the company largely sold direct, it did use distributors in some countries. Its strategic partners include IBM, Ericsson and Datacraft, which are also expected to roll out NET ATM products.
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