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Zvolve Puts 'Conscious BGP' on Linux

Zvolve Systems announces the availability of its Conscious BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) solution for IBM Linux on Power platforms

March 22, 2005

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ATLANTA -- Zvolve Systems, Inc. has announced the world-wide availability of its Conscious BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) solution for IBM Linux on POWER platforms. Conscious BGP provides telecom carriers and enterprises with the ability to automatically maintain quality of service commitments to their customers.

"Adding a Linux version of this product furthers our plan to make the deployment of network convergence products and quality of service solutions as easy as integrating an appliance," said Luc Nguyen, Zvolve's CTO and vice president of product development. "There is very little integration needed for global telecom operators to start reaping the QoS benefits of this carrier-grade solution now on IBM's Linux on POWER platform."

"Linux and open standards are a key underpinning of the emerging Telecommunications industry infrastructure," said Jim Pertzborn, Vice President, Telecommunications Industry, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We are pleased Zvolve has enabled their Conscious BGP solution on Linux for our POWER based platforms."

Carriers that connect to tier one Internet providers face the challenge of knowing which client's data packets to preserve when traffic capacity exceeds its limits. The Conscious BGP solution automatically optimizes network traffic and maintains bandwidth commitments to clients through its ability to recognize specific data traffic.

"A problem now facing many carriers is the high cost of interconnections between multiple tier one Internet providers coupled with the challenge of balancing network traffic over these links to ensure they are providing the best service to their customers," said Nguyen.

According to Nguyen, the current method of handling BGP traffic is to use a combination of tools and techniques which monitor the network and report traffic loads. Based on the reports, a trial and error process is often invoked to try to balance traffic as well as determine what should happen in fail-over situations.

Conscious BGP is available across a wide range of platforms including AIX and now Linux on IBM's POWER processor based platforms. The return on investment for Conscious BGP is less than six months, with implementations taking less than four months, according to Nguyen. Zvolve partners with IBM Global Solutions to deliver its Conscious BGP product to the worldwide marketplace.

Zvolve Systems Inc.

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