MAY 7, 2001, Dedham, MA - NetPlane Systems, a leading global supplier of portable networking protocol software and systems, today introduced the second phase of its carrier class, IP Routing software suite, OPTIRoute™ BGP4. The BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) module, the predominant interdomain routing protocol used between backbone IP networks, particularly the Internet, builds on the interior gateway protocol OSPF introduced in the first OPTIRoute release. NetPlane will feature this solution May 7-10 at NetWorld+Interop (N+I) 2001 in Las Vegas at Booth #8335.
"Networking companies building core devices, such as optical switches or high speed routers, have limited options when it comes to getting an IP routing solution. They can either try to develop the software themselves - which can take several man-years as it is very complex, especially BGP4 - or they can look to buy an off-the-shelf solution, none of which have been carrier-class. NetPlane Systems, a proven software stack player, recognized that IP would transcend quickly from an enterprise technology, to a strategic necessity for the entire value chain. System OEMs targeting the carrier space must have carrier-class routing functionality inside their equipment. There's definitely a market for the IP routing solution NetPlane is offering. This latest product builds on an established reputation with their MPLS source code," said John G. Metz, Executive VP, of Sterling Research.
As a modular component of OPTIRoute, the BGP4 protocol represents the state of the art in IP Routing. Offering a full suite of carrier-class capabilities, it has been designed with optimum scalability and can support in excess of one million routes. It also features full implementation of IETF standards, and future releases will include MPLS integration, VPN support and interoperability with Cisco and Juniper. It is specifically designed for high performance, "carrier class" IP service platforms, optical switches, petabit and terabit routers, broadband access devices, multi-protocol core and edge routers.
"The complexities of BGP4 lie in both the protocol implementation and the way in which policies can be applied to affect IP traffic flows through complex inter-connected IP networks, such as the Internet", said Deepak Shahane, Vice President and General Manager of NetPlane Systems. "Critical to successful BGP4 implementations are scalability, performance, policy implementation and inter-working with extensions developed by Cisco and Juniper, which are required to address practical network issues. With NetPlane's advanced architecture for OPTIRoute, the availability of both OSPF and BGP4, and NetPlane's industry leading MPLS solution, LTCS, the innovative hardware designs of our customers can be realized with our advanced control plane concepts, increasing functionality and reducing time to market," Shahane added.
NetPlane estimates that its OPTIRoute BGP4 module can save a company an estimated 7-to-10 man-years of development time because of the complexity of BGP4. It also offers other significant time-to-market benefits because comprehensive OSPF configuration and management are accommodated through an optional CLI (command line interface). A full set of clearly documented APIs is provided, which enables the use of either NetPlane's CLI or one provided by the developer. Full SMNP management is provided through the OSPF MIB.
Based around an extensible, modular framework, OPTIRoute contains a suite of routing protocols which can be compiled, enabled and configured as separate components. This modular nature enables future enhancements, emerging standards, and new protocols to be included without compromising the integrity of an existing OPTIRoute implementation.
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