Sunday, June 8, 2008

Redback Debuts Line of Carrier Ethernet Switches for Fixed/Mobile Unification

Redback Networks, an Ericsson company, introduced its first product in a new line of Carrier Ethernet switches aimed at accelerating the unification of fixed and mobile networks.

The Redback SM 480 is a switched Ethernet platform based on new silicon that retains a subset of the features from Redback's SmartEdge family of routers. It is designed to work in conjunction with other Redback and Ericsson products for fixed and mobile carriers, providing a consolidated architecture over time for metro aggregation and transport networks. Advanced features include:

  • Layer 2 subscriber management for wholesale and retail broadband services

  • Higher levels of QoS and reliability for high-demand video and data applications

  • More point-to-point (MPLS PW) and multi-point (VPLS) Ethernet services for the enterprise

  • SLA measurement techniques and standards-based fault management; and

  • IP-over-Ethernet architecture boosting network availability and reducing downtime

In related news, Redback is introducing "in-service software upgrades (ISSU) across its entire family of SmartEdge routers and switches. The new capabilities allow carriers to upgrade the operating system for broadband routers and switches without taking them out of service.

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