Thursday, June 2, 2005

NTT Com Runs GMPLS on Cisco 12000 Series Routers

NTT Communications has demonstrated the use GMPLS to control network settings between Tokyo and Osaka on Cisco 12000 Series routers.

GMPLS is an emerging technology that extends the benefits of MPLS to provide signaling and routing capabilities for devices in both optical and IP network domains.

In the trial, NTT Com deployed GMPLS control plane including the Cisco12000 routers over its commercial wide-area synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) optical network. As a result, GMPLS technology provided autonomous network-control functions, which can significantly reduce the workload required of operators designing how lines are established and how settings are changed on each node.

The GMPLS control plane functionality has been available as a supported feature on a number of Cisco devices such as the Cisco ONS multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) and routers running Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XR operating systems such as the Cisco 12000 Series routers.

"NTT Com's demonstration of GMPLS technology is an exciting yet practical example of how networking innovation can be applied to solve challenges facing service providers today," said Tony Bates, vice president and general manager of the Carrier Core and Multiservice Business Unit at Cisco Systems.


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