SOURCE: Soapstone Networks

March 03, 2008 01:00 ET

Extreme Networks and Soapstone Networks Showcase Joint Carrier Ethernet Solution at CeBIT

Carrier Ethernet Demo Highlights Dynamic Provisioning of Services Across Extreme's PBB-TE Switches

HANNOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) and Soapstone Networks, an Avici Systems (NASDAQ: AVCI) business unit, today announced a showcase demonstrating dynamic Carrier Ethernet service provisioning. The demonstration highlights Soapstone's PNC™ (Provider Network Controller), the industry's only multi-vendor, multi-technology dynamic control plane, across an Extreme Networks® BlackDiamond® Provider Backbone Bridging - Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) switch network at CeBIT, Hannover, Germany, March 4th through 9th.

Extreme Networks will showcase Ethernet switching solutions designed to give service providers an economical network infrastructure that is both deterministic and simple to deploy. This allows carriers to increase revenue per subscriber, expand market reach to grow top-line revenue, and improve end-user experience. Soapstone Networks will demonstrate its multi-vendor control plane which automates the entire service lifecycle. The automation provided by the PNC accelerates time to market for new services while reducing the operational impact of bringing on new customers.

"Our relationship with Extreme Networks is accelerating innovation for Carrier Ethernet services. The combination of Soapstone Networks external control plane and Extreme Networks Ethernet switching systems demonstrates our joint commitment to automate services and advance Carrier Ethernet solutions for enterprises and carriers," said Esmeralda Swartz, SVP Marketing and Business Development at Soapstone Networks.

The CeBIT demo will consist of the Soapstone PNC performing dynamic construction of services across a resilient PBB-TE network comprised of Extreme BlackDiamond switches as service and tunnel end-points. The demo will highlight unique PNC capabilities including Dynamic Service Provisioning (path computation and programming), Service Monitoring and Repair, and Network Operations support (Bridge-and-Roll).

1.  Dynamic Service Provisioning.  One of the main features of the PNC
    control plane is the dynamic provisioning of services across a
    multi-vendor network.  In addition to simple, best-effort shortest
    path routing, the PNC performs path computations involving a variety
    of constraints and equipment limitations. In the demo, seamless
    provisioning of Extreme Networks' switch end points by the PNC will
    be showcased.

2.  Service Monitoring and Repair. After a network event (link/node/fiber
    failure) the network equipment responds in less than 50msec to provide
    service protection.  After sub 50msec fail-over on the Extreme Networks
    switches through its path protection capabilities, the PNC which has a
    database of the network topology, determines which services were
    affected by the outage and creates new backup paths to ensure that the
    services remain protected.

3.  Bridge-and-Roll. Provides network operations support by making it
    possible for customers to introduce new hardware or services seamlessly
    into a network or perform routine maintenance in an automated fashion.
    This capability allows customers to request the removal of nodes from
    active service without disruption to services.  When a node is taken
    out of service by the customer, the PNC notices all of the affected
    services and for each service that is impacted, the PNC re-computes
    appropriate paths. As with any path selection, the Committed
    Information Rate (CIR) of each service is used in the path selection
    and no oversubscription occurs.

Learn more about Extreme Networks and Soapstone Networks at CeBIT Hannover, Germany March 4-9, Hall 13, booth A38.

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. The Company's commitment to open networking sets it apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. Extreme Networks believes openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. Extreme Networks focuses on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure. For more information, visit:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation the performance and functionality of Extreme Networks' products are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design, actual product performance, and use of the products in different environments and configurations. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company's 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Extreme Networks and BlackDiamond are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

About Soapstone Networks

Soapstone Networks is at the forefront of the movement to Carrier Ethernet by delivering resource control systems that realize NGN software-provisioned services in the new Carrier Ethernet transport network. Soapstone's common control framework decouples services from underlying network technologies. The Soapstone solution dynamically provisions precise, SLA-quality services, continuously optimizing utilization of network resources to bring orderly, predictable business-driven behavior to service provider networks. The future of Carrier Ethernet -

This release contains information about the future expectations, plans, and prospects of Avici Systems Inc. and its Soapstone Networks business that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. When used in this press release, the words "will be" and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, Avici's ability to manage the transition of its core router business, the early stage of Soapstone Networks, market acceptance of Soapstone's products, services and enhancements, customer purchasing patterns and commitments, development of the market place, reliance on technology and distribution partners, product development and enhancement, intensity of competition of other vendors and technologies, technological changes and other risks set forth in Avici's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Soapstone Networks and PNC are trademarks of Avici Systems Inc.

Contact Information

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