Ethos Manages Nortel's PBT

Nortel and Ethos Networks to strengthen connection-oriented Ethernet

April 15, 2008

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LONDON -- Ethos Networks, a pioneer in connection oriented Ethernet solutions, today announced that it has successfully completed extensive interoperability testing with Nortel’s Provider Backbone Bridging Traffic Engineering equipment (PBB-TE) to boost Ethernet capabilities for carriers and service providers. This announcement follows testing by the two companies at Nortel’s laboratory facilities in Ottawa, Canada.

During the testing Ethos’ deterministic end-to-end Network Management System (NMS), part of the Ethos Carrier PBB-TE solution, managed and monitored a Nortel PBB-TE network. PBB-TE is a key carrier Ethernet technology pioneered by Nortel and being adopted in the industry to deliver reliable Ethernet services. The two companies demonstrated advanced capabilities that compliment PBB-TE technology as the transport for Next Generation Networks.

Ethos FCAPS NMS and Nortel PBB-TE network interoperability included managing and monitoring a PBB-TE network, including service & trunk management. As a result of the extensive testing, Ethos’ solution was awarded the Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem certificate of compatibility.

Dr. Yuval Davidor, co-founder and CEO of Ethos Networks, explains: “Carrier networks are becoming increasingly complex and complicated to operate. Addressing this issue is one of PBB-TE’s strong points. We demonstrated several capabilities that not only simplify network administration but can take carrier networks further. One example is how we can combine PBB-TE’s centralized control plane with Ethos provisioning technology.

“The result is a multi-constraint provisioning that goes beyond path selection, taking into account business aspects of services such as cost of delivery, the prediction of bottlenecks and oversubscription and the suggestion of optimal solutions. With a centralized control plane, provisioning processes can be taken much further. We actually have it all: offline powerful provisioning, rapid service deployments, global and local optimization. Whilst we originally developed these capabilities for Ethos’ Dynamic TE Switches, the fact that they work successfully with the products of two different PBB-TE vendors, is testament to the virtues of PBB-TE technology.”

Ethos Networks Ltd.

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