DEDHAM, Mass., November 14, 2000 - NETPLANE Systems, a Conexant Company (NASDAQ: CNXT), and the leading supplier of integrated networking protocol and control software solutions for next generation Internet equipment, today introduced the first of several planned, strategic enhancements to the industry's most widely deployed MPLS software solution. Label Traffic Control System v3.0 (LTCS‘), which is immediately available, offers greater traffic engineering capabilities and carrier-class interoperability features, enabling makers of networking equipment to significantly enhance their time to market.
The industry's first IETF standards-based MPLS solution, LTCS first began shipping in May 1999 and currently has over 40 customers which range from the world's largest global networking manufacturers to emerging next generation networking equipment manufacturers. Version three of LTCS builds upon the original version with enhancements that give OEM equipment providers the capability to implement Quality of Service (QoS) through Differentiated Services (DiffServ), in delivering multimedia applications over IP. LTCS 3.0 has been enhanced with the ability to map Differentiated Services traffic to MPLS Label Switched Paths with the addition of the DiffServ Code Point (DSCP). This supports both CR-LDP Type Length Values (TLVs) and TE-RSVP objects.
"Part of our commitment to our customers is providing them with a product that is continually evolving and improving to ensure that they have the best feature functionality available in the market," said Deepak Shahane, Vice President and General Manager of NetPlane Systems. "This latest enhancement to LTCS will enable our customers to achieve rapid time to market while giving them flexibility to accommodate their diverse architectural needs. Most importantly, our LTCS customers are assured that they are receiving a seasoned, field proven product which is easy to implement."
Another new feature of LTCS v3.0 gives service providers the ability to reduce system overheard through the implementation of a Refresh Reduction (RR) function over Resource Reservation Protocol with Traffic Engineering extensions (RSVP-TE). Once a Label Switched Path (LSP) is established using RSVP-TE, the links associated with the LSP must be continually updated. The integration of RR will provide the capabilities to significantly reduce the amount of link status traffic while minimizing management overhead. The enhanced traffic engineering capabilities in LTCS support configuration from point-to-point unidirectional tunnels, manually configured MPLS tunnels, and those established via any MPLS signaling protocol. This builds upon existing capabilities which provide simultaneous support for RSVP-TE, CR-LDP and LDP on the same interface allowing for a greater scope of interoperability options and conservation of hardware resources.
"With the rapid evolution of the MPLS industry, our mission has been steadfast in meeting the needs of the market and maintaining a constant leadership position in control plane software solutions," said Shahane. "NETPLANE has established a standard for MPLS software solutions and we believe that these recent enhancements will further distinguish us as the leading provider of carrier-class, protocol software."
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