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Sycamore's Show-Stopper

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Light Reading
7/11/2000

Rumors have been circulating that a demo staged by Sycamore Networks Inc http://www.sycamorenet.com at last month’s SuperComm show backfired in a rather spectacular way.

The demo was supposed to convince carriers that the software controlling Sycamore’s optical switches wouldn’t start seizing up when networks grew to a significant size (see Sycamore Demos Software Scalability).

Guess what? At one stage, the whole demo at Supercomm seized up, seeming to prove the exact opposite.

A few hearts on Sycamore's booth probably stopped beating at that moment. But then it turned out that someone had simply kicked out the main power cord to the demo by mistake. Once it had been re-installed and everything had been rebooted, which took a few minutes, it was business as usual again.

So, no big black eye for Sycamore at SuperComm. Just another demonstration of the importance of secure electricity supplies in telecom -- a lesson that South Western Bell learned the hard way a few weeks ago (see Tulsa Outage Serves As Warning).

By Peter Heywood, international editor, Light Reading http://www.lightreading.com .

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