NetPlane Launches LTCS™ Optical, Providing Optical Signaling Extensions to Its Carrier-Class MPLS Software

Control Plane Software Release Paves Way for Integrated Signaling and Routing Strategy

June 4, 2001, Atlanta, GA — NetPlane™ Systems, the protocol software business of Mindspeed Technologies™, today launched its carrier-class LTCS™-Optical signaling software during SUPERCOMM 2001 in Atlanta. The new product provides optical extensions to NetPlane’s widely deployed MPLS-LTCS (Label Traffic Control System™) software, the industry’s first IETF standards-based MPLS solution, which has been adopted by over 60 network manufacturers. LTCS-Optical supports the signaling requirements of photonic networks including access to those networks by traditional IP equipment using LTCS-Classical.

“NetPlane’s launch of LTCS-Optical marks the beginning of its strategy for integrated signaling and routing, both for classical IP and optical networking,” said Vice President and General Manager Deepak Shahane. “This is important to our vision of enabling true interoperability within the networks through standards-based control plane software.

NetPlane’s LTCS-Optical software is designed for carrier-class optical core devices and applications where packetized MPLS and optical MPLS signaling converge. The initial software release— developed to accelerate network manufacturers’ time to market—supports the G-MPLS (Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching) standard being developed by the IETF (International Engineering Task Force). Future releases will support OIF (Optical Internetworking Forum) Optical-UNI, as well as integrated routing and signaling.

“NetPlane is launching LTCS-Optical now in response to the massive projected growth in optical networking, projected by industry analysts to be a $17.2 billion market within the next several years. We are leading with G-MPLS because the technology is essential for enabling rapid provisioning across network layers, including Packet, Optical and TDM,” said Shahane.

AcceLight Networks and VIPswitch are among several manufacturers with plans to license NetPlane’s LTCS-Optical. The portable NetPlane software is highly scalable, designed for distributed environments and is processor independent. Like all NetPlane carrier-class products, LTCS-Optical has a redundant architecture in conjunction with a re-entrant implementation to enable pre-emptive, high-availability systems to be created.

NetPlane introduced its MPLS-LTCS software in 1999. The company’s MPLS customers range from the world’s largest global manufacturers to emerging next-generation OEMs.

last update: 15.08.2008

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