SOURCE: Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks

April 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Metaswitch Kick-Starts Industry Adoption for MPLS-TP

Enables Rapid Deployment of MPLS-TP Control Plane Solution for System Vendors of Communication Equipment

LONDON--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  Metaswitch Networks, the world's leading provider of network protocol software, announced today the industry's first portable software solution for MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), further solidifying its role as an MPLS technology leader. Many of Metaswitch's DC-MPLS customers have begun planning MPLS-TP support, or in some cases have implemented early versions based on DC-MPLS.

Carriers are increasingly moving to converged packet networks driven by changes in traffic mix and dramatic shifts in transport device economics away from circuit-oriented SONET/SDH to packet ethernet. Given this, service providers are eager to transition their transport architectures from SONET/SDH to packet. However, packet technology has not thus far been able to offer the resilience and manageability of SONET/SDH. This is where MPLS-TP fits in, providing the same QoS, protection and restoration, and OAM that is inherent in SONET/SDH and in a way that has a familiar look and feel for network operators.

Metaswitch's DC-MPLS network protocol software provides the foundation for MPLS-TP, including features such as static and dynamic ethernet pseudowires, pseudowire redundancy and end-to-end-recovery, plus GMPLS signaling for use as an MPLS-TP control plane. With this functionality, system vendors can begin to roll out MPLS-TP control plane with a simple upgrade to the DC-MPLS protocol solution.

"DC-MPLS is widely deployed and has demonstrated proven interoperability and scalability in the field," said Jon Berger, Director of MPLS Product Development in Metaswitch's Network Protocols Division. "We are closely involved in the MPLS-TP standards process within the IETF and our DC-MPLS GMPLS implementation already supports the necessary features for an MPLS-TP capable control plane. We are adding further enhancements to meet evolving MPLS-TP standards, to allow our customers to deliver MPLS-TP capable devices at the earliest opportunity."

"Our communications equipment manufacturer customers have clearly decided that MPLS-TP needs to be part of the feature set that they offer their carrier customers," said Clive Partridge, General Manager of Metaswitch's Network Protocols Division. "And that has meant increased interest in our DC-MPLS product. In fact, some customers are already deploying early versions of MPLS-TP based on DC-MPLS."

Metaswitch has developed portable network protocol source code based on its N-BASE portability technology for over 25 years. The company's industry leading MPLS, IP Routing (unicast and multicast), VoIP / IMS and Session Border Controller (SBC) solutions are architected to handle the scale and reliability requirements of the most demanding applications while providing extensibility and a full feature set. The portability and feature richness of the N-BASE protocol products, plus superb engineering and exceptional support, provide communications suppliers with an unrivaled technical solution that reduces engineering cost and greatly improves time to market.

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