Sunday, January 9, 2005

Hammerhead Systems Selects Data Connection for IP Routing, MPLS, and ATM

Hammerhead Systems is using Data Connection's DC-OSPF, DC-MPLS, and DC-ATM protocol stacks in its HSX 6000 Layer 2.5 Aggregation Switch. Hammerhead's platform is designed for extending IP services over any infrastructure using PseudoWire and Dry Martini technologies.

Data Connection's DC-OSPF is a fully portable source code solution that implements full mandatory OSPF protocol support, including RFC 2328. DC-OSPF fits into the same architectural framework as Data Connection's other IP Routing protocol products (including DC-ISIS and DC-BGP) and can be integrated with DC-MPLS to provide a complete control plane solution, as it is with the HSX 6000 from Hammerhead.

  • In December, Hammerhead Systems extended its switching solution to include unique "Layer 2.5" capabilities aimed at accelerating the delivery of metro Ethernet services using new "PseudoWire" and "Dry Martini" technologies. The company said service providers are experiencing a need for high-density Layer 2.5 traffic aggregation because existing access services (wireline, broadband, broadband fixed wireless and 3G) are typically based on Layer 2 connection-oriented technologies, while new services are based on Layer 3. Hammerhead is extending its HSX 6000 platform, which already supports the migration of Frame Relay / ATM services onto MPLS backbones, so that it can be used as an aggregation platform in an Ethernet service architecture, offering native Gigabit Ethernet as well as Ethernet-over-SONET (both GFP and x.86) trunking capabilities. On the subscriber side, the HSX 6000 switch offers high-density fan-in across a range of new and legacy service interfaces, media and speeds, including Ethernet. The switch is optimized for efficient grooming and SLA assurance.

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