NetPlane Ships The Industry's First OSPF High-Availability Solution

Takes IP Routing To The Next Level

WESTWOOD, Mass., January 28, 2002 - NetPlane™ Systems, the protocol software business of Mindspeed Technologies™, announced today that it has begun shipping the industry's first high-availability implementation of OSPF(Open Shortest Path First) routing, the most widely deployed network protocol. The high-availability OSPF solution is part of OPTIRoute™, NetPlane's IP routing software suite designed specifically for carrier-class networking equipment. Four OEMs have already purchased the new release for equipment they are developing ranging from core routers, cable modem termination systems, to next generation optical switches.

"No IP routing software solution provider today has the high-availability feature for any routing protocol. With our introduction of high-availability OSPF, we've moved IP routing to the next level and taken a big step forward towards providing economical, carrier-class reliability on the Internet," said Deepak Shahane, vice president and general manager of NetPlane Systems. "OSPF is, and will continue to be, a critical enabler of sophisticated network control in the Internet. This is evidenced by the number of evolutionary enhancements to OSPF that include, Traffic Engineering (TE), optical networking and MPLS/GMPLS support," Shahane said. "Our solution saves carriers from having to propagate changes throughout a network in the case of a hardware or software failure by localizing error recovery. By preserving traffic flows through a network, this enhances overall stability. In the final analysis, it saves critical time and system resources that would be required for routing recalculations and, more importantly, network re-convergence which can take longer than time sensitive applications can tolerate." 

"Carriers need to deploy IP-based services, but only when they're reliable," said Marian Stasney, Senior Analyst, Carrier Convergence Infrastructure, The Yankee Group. "Given this, there is definitely a need for high-availability OSPF, especially in the optical networking space as the tearing down and re-establishment of light paths is not something anyone wants to confront. NetPlane's new release is an impressive solution to this challenge."

OPTIRoute with high-availability OSPF is architected to work in both centralized and highly distributed environments for all applications, from edge to core. It offers support for 1:1 (the most common redundancy scheme), as well as 1:N and M:N models. Its architecture ensures that the information in the backup is current with what's in the primary, eliminating the need to wait for OSPF re-stabilization. It also provides virtual routing support and offers integration with MPLS/GMPLS functionality.

"The main reason high-availability OSPF hasn't been introduced before," Shahane noted, "is because it is exceedingly complex, especially the maintenance and synchronization of several complex databases. Our solution successfully addresses and solves the synchronization challenge." 

When NetPlane introduced OPTIRoute last year, it was the industry's first portable IP routing solution optimized for carrier-class applications. 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. 

NetPlane offers a number of high performance source code packages that can be easily integrated into virtually any new or existing system, encompassing MPLS, IP Routing, ATM and frame relay. The company's Label Traffic Control System (LTCS) was the industry's first available MPLS software solution and continues to be the industry's most widely deployed MPLS software. NetPlane also provides high value system level software that performs non-standards based functions, such as managing high-availability components and managing the communication between cards, as well as managing the process of accepting and placing calls in switches.

About NetPlane Systems 

NetPlane Systems, Inc., a business of Mindspeed Technologies™, the Internet infrastructure business of Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT), is a leading developer of portable, networking protocol software and systems for the control plane. More than 250 equipment manufacturers worldwide, which are developing products for the next-generation Internet and other data communications and telecommunications networks, employ NetPlane 's software. NetPlane 's technology expertise includes MPLS, GMPLS, IP Routing, ATM, PNNI, Frame Relay and Simulation Test Tools, with a focus on carrier-class capabilities required by the service provider marketplace. NetPlane 's Label Traffic Control System™ (LTCS) was the industry's first available MPLS software solution. Known for its technology innovation and the superior functionality and quality of its products, NetPlane 's solutions enable customers to accelerate time-to-market, streamline the development process, lower life cycle costs and reduce development risks. The company's customers range from the world's leading networking manufacturers like Nortel, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel, Fujitsu, NEC, Siemens and Ericsson to emerging next generation equipment manufacturers, such as AcceLight Networks and VIPswitch. For more information, visit NetPlane at

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