CISCO'S 12000 TERABIT SYSTEM
Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA - 800-326-1941) has announced the release of its 12000 Terabit System and its centerpiece, the 12016 GSR switch router. With up to 15 OC-192 interfaces, the system uses a crossbar switch fabric architecture to scale to 5 Tbps. Optional interface cards range from DS-3 all the way up, and include channelized OC-12 ports. The new OC-192 ports are clear channel or unchannelized. Transport protocols supported include packet-over-SONET, ATM, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet, and Dynamic Packet Transport.
Ciscos announcement follows the entry of a spate of new players in the router market it traditionally has dominated. Last year the company was criticized for being slow to announce a terabit upgrade to its standard 12000 line; though at this point, the only other deployment of OC-192 has been rival Lucents NX64000, a product acquired from Nexabit and released a few weeks earlier. The two will likely compete head-to-head over the next year. Qwest Communications has completed trials runing production traffic, between New York and California, over OC-192 using Ciscos Terabit System. The 12016 GSR is shipping at a starting price of $65,000.
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3COM Enhances NBX 100
3Coms (Santa Clara, CA 800-NET-3COM) NBX 100, an IP PBX, has undergone its first round of major enhancements, including the introduction of a new T-1 digital line card. The new hardware capacity will take the system up to 200 ports, as well as let it the support legacy digital phone systems. Through a new Analog Terminal Adapter (ATA), the NBX will also support analog phones and fax machines. The ATA comes in both a large-scale standalone version and a four-port card.
Release 2 also features a number of software upgrades, mostly concerned with inbound call center applications. New call queuing, routing, agent grouping, and reporting capabilities are all a part of thiseffort. A multi-level auto attendant can now be custom designed using a browser-based configuration tool, the NetSet. For greater cost savings on outbound calls, a new automatic route selection feature (also configured through NetSet) lets you do least cost routing by call or time of day, and supports NANP, digit insertion/deletion for tie trunks, and seamless selection of both H.323 and alternate long distance carrier routes.
Finally, Release 2 provides IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) services for Layer 3 IP multicasting across multiple subnets or WANs. This means that telecommuters and branch offices connected over cable, DSL, ISDN, or frame can have full access to the central system. All software enhancements are a free upgrade to existing NBX customers, and will be available at no additional charge to new customers. The average cost of install for a complete NBX 100 system is around $550 per user.
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ANOTHER VOTE FOR MGCP, FROM FICON
Ficon Technology (Woodbridge, NJ 732-283-2770) has added its protocol product to the VoIP marketplace with PacketPro, an MGCP implementation for controlling and managing VoIP-PSTN gateways and call agents. The PacketPro line of solutions is geared for vendors and equipment manufacturers in the voice-over-packet arena. MGCP (Media Gateway Control Protocol) is an evolving text-based protocol for controlling and managing gateways from an external intelligence point, known as a call agent. Together, the protocol and the call agent software that it signals to, separate call control and user policy from the embedded switching and transport of voice packets.
Ficons offering, based on the latest Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) draft, includes the MGCP stack and an embedded graphical tester. It includes support for triple handshaking, piggybacking, encapsulated messages, as well as statistics, tracing, and logging. The solution also provides hooks for load sharing and transaction identifier management.
The embedded GUI application enables a user to perform call flow testing in interactive or manual modes. The tester allows sending of pre-formatted, as well as raw MGCP messages, and is designed to be a full scale MGCP tester down the road.
The PacketPro MGCP solution abstracts the protocol from the underlying operating system and hardware resources, making it portable and target independent, says Ficon. Currently available, the product comes with an extended warranty to ensure customer protection as standards evolve and are formalized.
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ICS Advents NCX Platform
(San Diego, CA 800- 294-4558) is best known for its bulletproof industrial PCs. Rather quietly, theyve branched out into bulletproof CT development platforms. Their new NCX
platform combines an ICS Advent PC, Dialogic telephony cards, and Envoxs powerful CT Studio development tool into a single, turnkey CT solution.
Turnkey development platforms are not a new idea, but NCX which stands for Networked Communications Exchange brings with it high reliability, single-source support, and in Envox, one of the most powerful CT development platforms around.
NCX was rolled out in Britain several months ago and ICS Advent is now quietly expanding availability and support into the US and Canada. Four models are available, from the NCX 1000 with its four-card capacity to the enterprise-scale NCX 5000.
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Audiocodes Inroduces New Gateway Design
AudioCodes (San Jose, CA 408-577-0488) recently introduced a quad trunk digital media gateway for OEMs. The MP-200 is the latest in a series of non-PC-based gateways for OEMs that the company has brought out over the past year, and is the first to offer capacity for up to four T-1/E-1 digital trunks. In addition to its PSTN interfaces, the system contains two 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports for LAN connectivity. PSTN interfaces support numerous ISDN PRI and CAS variants.