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Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning

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Light Reading
6/21/2001

An upcoming announcement from Dorado Software Inc. could test just how far carriers are willing to go in offering policy-based services to their customers.

Next week, Dorado plans to announce additions to its Redcell provisioning suite enabling it to dynamically allocate bandwidth for individual users. All the pieces needed to do this will ship within the next three months, Dorado says.

Its new products will equip carriers to offer services that drive up revenue on existing networks, the vendor claims, such as content-driven subscription services. The software also will let carriers provide bandwidth as users log on, instead of holding big pipes in reserve. And it could make bandwidth allocations as customers request them -- like, that very minute.

Are carriers ready to make best use of this granularity? Some are and some aren't, experts say.

"This software is tailor-made for metropolitan-area Ethernet service providers," says David Passmore, research director at The Burton Group. He says Dorado's software will give carriers such as Telseon Inc. or Yipes Communications Inc. the automation they crave to slice and dice their gigabit Ethernet bandwidth for business customers quickly and easily.

Indeed, rumor has it that one or more Ethernet service providers may be evaluating Dorado's software, possibly as an add-on to an existing system. Yipes and Telseon say they have developed their own provisioning-on-demand systems in house, Yipes reportedly with customized software from Syndesis Ltd.

Operators seeking to generate new services on cable networks also are clamoring for this kind of product, since residential bandwidth calls for handling many wildly different demands at once, with maximum network efficiency.

"Our products are aimed at all service providers... Cable operators are very important to us," says Dorado VP of product development Jerry McDowell. So far, Dorado claims several service-provider customers, including IP Communications and others it can't name.

Dorado's software is based on a core of code that runs a range of applications geared to specific functions of provisioning a broadband network. The new product, called Redcell 2.0, comprises a set of programs, supporting Oracle database software, that includes a secure DNS/DHCP server that identifies users by IP address within a network service, links those addresses with specific services, then extends control to the devices on which the services are based. The suite also includes software that automatically discovers and configures network devices, sets policies for specific network conditions, monitors faults and performance, and can activate changes to the network as needed.

Other vendors of broadband provisioning software say they can do what Dorado does. Emperative Inc. and Syndesis claim they can control bandwidth based on user identification as well. And Orchestream Holdings PLC (Nasdaq: OCHS; London: OCH) offers software specifically geared to helping carriers configure and manage IP VPNs (virtual private networks) according to specific policies (see Orchestream Preps VPN Push).

But Dorado's competitors say these capabilities aren't ready for prime time. Most service providers aren't prepared to divvy up bandwidth on a per-user basis, they say. What's more, per-user provisioning raises the spectre of just how far carriers are willing to go in allowing end users to control their own bandwidth. Many aren't ready, for instance, to allow customers to change their bandwidth setups on the Web.

Dorado says it's readying a Web portal product to go with its provisioning tools for release by the end of July 2001.

"Carriers haven't decided what checks and balances need to be put into the process of offering this kind of control," says the VP of marketing for a provisioning vendor that competes with Dorado. "It's not a question of the technology being there -- it is. They don't have the business models in place to support this level of granularity."

Is this sour grapes? It's impossible to tell from vendor information alone, given the subtleties of the multivendor provisioning market (see Provisioning Pipe Dreams). Clearly, though, Dorado's claims are hitting a nerve.

For its part, Dorado says it's different from the competition in offering more kinds of provisioning applications across a broader range of services and devices than its rivals. Again, it's a claim that's tough to validate. So far, though, Dorado's roster of devices seems as impressive as anyone's: Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Corona Networks Inc., Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), Foundry Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), Lantern Communications Inc., Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU), Riverstone Networks (Nasdaq: RSTN), and World Wide Packets Inc.

Dorado says it's launched a campaign to support Sonet/SDH and DWDM gear and will have finished software within a couple of months. Also, the vendor says it's "just about to release" software that supports MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) services.

Dorado is challenged to make all these pieces of its infrastructure come together in a timely fashion. It also has yet to establish a partnership with a billing vendor capable of supporting broadband IP networks -- although, again, Dorado says this is in the works.

If Dorado can make it all work quickly enough, it could up the ante for next-generation services. In the meantime, it will give its competitors and prospective customers something to think about.

- Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com

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nextgen
nextgen
12/4/2012 | 11:00:08 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
Lightman and others,

Has anyone heard of Smartpipes? Know anything of them? they sound similar to Dorado and Syndesis and have a deal with Worldcom and XO.
jbuggy
jbuggy
12/4/2012 | 8:11:58 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
per-user provisioning might be a big deal...in 2015!
EMSer
EMSer
12/4/2012 | 8:11:57 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
i've got friends at Avici who say Dorado never delivered on an EMS. Or did I hear what they delivered was seriously below what they promised and significantly late? also, how's it possible form EMS development to this "holyl grail" plan for broadband? no way. these are the kind of promises that got the market into such a mess.

LR, screen this @#$%%^ better, please.
wyningus
wyningus
12/4/2012 | 8:11:57 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
LR wrote: "Clearly, though, Dorado's claims are hitting a nerve."

I don't know much about this, but what's so clear about this company hitting a cord? LR didn't really back this claim up.



twobetous
twobetous
12/4/2012 | 8:11:57 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
wyningus, you mean IP Communications doesn't give Dorado credibility?? :) That's about as credible as Winstar, Northpoint, or HarvardNet using a company's wares!

Good point, wyningus (bad username, BTW). Keep these shoddy journalists on their toes! If they are hitting a core, it's a flat!
LightMan
LightMan
12/4/2012 | 8:11:54 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
I wouldn't give LR too hard of a time as they most likely gleaned this information from Supercomm or some other event. They often provide good insight.

I too had heard about issues of Dorado and Avici while working at my former employer, a service provider. I don't know where the blame lies, but everyone knows that Avici is one of the more dysfunctional companies out there and it is amazing their product performs. On top of that, we purchased Redcell and from what I hear it is up and running.

Now that I think about all the mib problems and associated issues, I would probably put the onus on Avici...
twobetous
twobetous
12/4/2012 | 8:11:51 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
why shouldn't we be critical? Sure, lightreading does a good job sometimes. But when there are errors, they shoulad know about it.

I'm no journalist, but after a quick search I see Dorado is a re-hash of a re-hash. They were born into the enterprise world and are trying to slip into carrier-class. It's not probale.

Here's what I found: they called themselves "a pioneer in solutions for delivery of network-aware enterprise applications."

Why didn't lightreading address this point? If they've got a foundation built for the enterprise, shouldn't lightreading caution the carriers that this software might not scale?

that's my 2 cents.




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13 September 1999
Business Wire







MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 1999-- NuSight GEMS to facilitate Best of Class

High-Performance Policy-Driven Networking Network Peripherals Inc. (NPI; NASDAQ:NPIX), the company bringing affordableLayer 3 and 4 Gigabit Ethernet solutions to the market, today announced plansto launch NuSight GEMS(TM) (Gigabit Ethernet Management System). This newmanagement software is designed to exploit the full range of benefitsassociated with Network Peripherals' powerful wire-speed non-blockingNuWaveArchitecture(TM) that operates all of its Layer2/3/4 switches. Developedin conjunction with Dorado Software, a pioneer in solutions for delivery of network-aware enterprise applications, NuSight GEMS will allow ITadministrators to consolidate management of critical networking hardware andsoftware applications. This software solution was developed to lower costs,shorten response times to problems and increase operational efficiency. Designed to integrate device management, network management and servicelevel management, NuSight GEMS will be bundled with all products powered bythe NuWaveArchitecture. NPI is currently shipping both device management andservice assurance applications, and will soon begin shipment of itspolicy-driven service level management application. These managementapplications will enable businesses of any size to manage and control thebehavior of their networks. Policies established by a powerful rules-basedcapability will enable network managers to govern their networks based on theunique requirements of their enterprise, a function not available with policyapplications from other switch vendors. In addition, it will facilitate openinterfaces to other management applications being used to determine system andnetwork policies such as H-P's OpenView. "The integration of Dorado Software products with NPI's NuWaveArchitecturewill bring unprecedented benefits to enterprise networks of all types andsizes," said Tim Sebring, President and CEO of Dorado Software. "We are veryexcited to help accelerate the development and deployment of enterprise-class,network-aware applications of such caliber," Sebring said. These newly enhanced switches, "Powered by NuWaveArchitecture," will allowIT administrators to implement Quality of Service (QoS) and Class of Service(CoS) features, provide security and other benefits of Layer 4 Ethernetswitching while managing the policy-based priority of network access bothcentrally and remotely. "As we have demonstrated while working with Dorado on support for NovellDirectory Services, NPI is committed to delivering features and benefits thathelp enterprise IT executives build the best networks," said Bill Rosenberger,President and CEO of NPI. "The policy-based features, developed by Dorado, area perfect complement to the QoS (Quality of Service) features and the power,performance and cost-effectiveness of NPI's NuWaveArchitecture," Rosenbergeradded.

Built by Dorado Software, Powered by NuWaveArchitecture

This NPI-specific implementation is the result of a close collaboration between NPI and Dorado Software. Using many of the tools and applications developed by Dorado, NuSight GEMS has become highly flexible and remains consistent will all appropriate industry standards. Employing Dorado's expertise in the development of application software and tools used to manage highly sophisticated telecommunications networks, the NuSight GEMS application suite allows users management choices that are not found in other Layer 3 switching products. NuSight GEMS, using application suites from Dorado as the fundamental building blocks, will openly interface to other standards-compliant applications such as Hewlett-Packard's OpenView and directory-based solutions compliant with Novell Directory Services (NDS) and the industry-standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

Availability
NPI expects to begin making these Layer 3/4 applications and interfaces available to select partners and customers during the 4th quarter of 1999. Interested parties should contact NPI for more information.

About NPI - The Gigabit Ethernet Company(TM) Network Peripherals Inc. (NPI; NASDAQ: NPIX), headquartered in Milpitas, California, supplies a full range of Layer 2, Layer 3 and Layer 4 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet switches built with its ASIC-based NuWaveArchitecture. These products will be fully managed using NuSight GEMS (Gigabit Ethernet Management Software) for device, network and policy-driven management services. NPI used its powerful NuWaveArchitecture to produce the industry's first non-blocking, wire-speed, stackable Layer 3 and 4 switching solution. The company's products are being used as switching solutions for workgroups, wiring closets and backbones, and are designed to enhance the bandwidth and performance of small and mid-sized enterprise networks, embrace all popular high-speed technologies and preserve the end-user's current Ethernet investments. NPI sells its products on an OEM basis and under its own brand to a worldwide channel of value-added resellers. For more information call 1-800-674-8855 or visit http://www.npix.com About Dorado Software Dorado Software, Inc., headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California, provides software applications and technology to simplify and accelerate the delivery of network aware business applications across Internet and corporate networking environments. Dorado translates its knowledge of developing management software for very large telecommunications environments to the needs of the enterprise using Oware. Oware, developed by Dorado, is the industry's first Virtual Solution Machine (VSM). It is a complete, integrated environment that simplifies the delivery of N-tier and tierless business applications operating across the Internet and corporate network environments. Oware enables rapid delivery of inherently network aware business applications. Dorado works with both vendors and users to develop applications suites, based on Oware, to deliver the functionality needed to manage and operate next-generation IP-based environments. These powerful management applications enable new levels of policy-based networking to corporate networkers andservice providers via an integrated suite of multi-platform, standards-compliant solutions. For more information, call 916-939-8590 or visit http://www. Doradosoftware.com NuWaveArchitecture and "Powered by NuWaveArchitecture" are trademarks of Network Peripherals. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Statements in this release are forward-looking and have been made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation ReformAct of 1995. The future events described above in such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


EMSer
EMSer
12/4/2012 | 8:11:51 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
very true, lightman. Avici is stumbling behind the big boys. I'm still not sure how Dorado moves from EMS building to a network management system that pulls together all the pieces. Structurally and functionally, those are two very different aims.
bestgen
bestgen
12/4/2012 | 8:11:50 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
Dorado's running into the same problems Ellacoya has. The market they've targeted is no longer. No more CLECS. Ellacoya's been preaching about personalization for 2 years with no luck.
Abatis got out just before everyone figured out this kind of fool's gold isn't going to sell.

Dorado is DOA with a partial solution (no hardware piece like Ellacoya or Abatis/
Redback) to a problem they can't solve. We looked at investing in Dorado when they were shopping themselves for sale or funding at the beginning of the year. They might have a neat fix for some small competitive providers, but their tools will never make it into the IXC, ILEC, the real carrier's network. But, they got funding because no one would buy them and they've got to spend the money. Maybe they can fool someone into snapping them up for $50 or $60M.

I don't mean to be too negative, but they just didn't convince me. Maybe I'm wrong. Good luck!
light_years
light_years
12/4/2012 | 8:11:49 PM
re: Dorado Unveils Per-User Provisioning
Good point, LightMan. Also I am not very convinced by the concept "one target market A live and die with market A"...these are changin/challenging times for everyone. Even the big guys are reevaluating their priorities. U dont see a problem in someone chaning/adjusting/refocussing their business goals..

/l

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