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By Caron Carlson  |  Posted 2004-06-21 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


As DSL connectivity increasingly becomes a commodity, service providers seek ways to create value-added offerings, but it is difficult because there is no easy way to control differentiated services, said Steven Shaw, director of industry relations at Net.com. Through hierarchical traffic shaping, Qserv allows carriers to offer multiple services with SLAs (service-level agreements) to multiple devices over a single network.

"I think theres a real pent-up demand for people to get better access. Its about more quality access to the Internet," Shaw said.

To help network operators migrate more easily to next-generation technologies, Lucent Technologies Inc. is expanding its data-networking portfolio to include a new multiservice edge switch and an IP/ MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) router module.
The Murray Hill, N.J., company also will unveil two DMX access multiplexer Ethernet service packs and demonstrate a mobile messaging product that lets wireless providers deliver messages from a mailbox on the network to handset mailboxes. Lucent plans to expand its professional services as well, launching "revenue generating" applications for providers to create new services.

Gaining control

Vendors at Supercomm up the management ante

Vendor Latest offering
VocalData App server with an improved Web portal and broader phone support

Ascendent

App server with integrated voice services, policies and security

Net.com

New Qserv QOS capabilities for remote access servers

Lucent

New multiservice edge switch and IP/MPLS router module

Juniper

Updated service deployment system for carriers

RouteScience Technologies Inc., in San Mateo, Calif., will roll out the fifth version of its adaptive WAN management software on certain IBM servers. The software, which runs on Linux, was developed to transform the servers into cost-effective network management appliances that enterprises can install in data centers. The software adjusts the network to the service demands of applications based on policies set by the IT manager and by application quality monitoring.

Juniper Networks Inc. will unveil the SDX-300 service deployment system, built to give carriers a way to empower enterprises when it comes to their services. The software enables providers to develop differentiated services, such as tiered VPN offerings with QOS, bandwidth on demand and videoconferencing.

The software package can be applied in two ways: by enterprises to provision and manage services themselves or by service providers to offer a complete managed service. Through a Web portal, enterprises can review account and billing information, modify policies, set up firewall services, and activate or deactivate sites using a VPN.

Initially, service providers are likely to use the software for managed services, said Dave Boland, a spokesperson for Juniper, in Sunnyvale, Calif.

"It is really spooky for service providers having customers do this stuff for themselves," Boland said.

Boland said he expects that some providers will begin to hand over the tools to enterprises toward the end of the year.

Check out eWEEK.coms Infrastructure Center at http://infrastructure.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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