SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

September 13, 2010 09:00 ET

Transition Networks Launches The ION Platform; Drives New Standard in Optical Networking

New Intelligent, High-Density, Multi-Protocol System for Network Interface Devices and Media Converter Modules

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the introduction of The ION Platform, a new family of intelligent optical networking devices designed to drive a new standard in optical networking. Built to meet the increasing demand of today's networks, the ION takes manageability and security in optical networking to a new level. Network managers can now take advantage of fiber technology without having to compromise on reliability, scalability or security, and they can do it at a cost savings.

With a multitude of new security features and a robust management framework, the ION offers a path to lower operating expenditures while maintaining valuable capital expenses. At the core of The ION Platform is a 2U 19-inch rack mountable chassis that is designed to house up to 19 slide-in conversion modules along with 2 power supply modules, with all slots being hot-swappable.

"Our customers' networks are becoming more and more complex; demanding more manageability and security," said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks, "Our rich pedigree in delivering high-quality, reliable and scalable network devices allows us to provide customers with networking solutions that are affordable and still leverage the best of today's technology. The new ION platform is another great product that meets the needs of our customers' network requirements."

Product Features
A typical application would include the ION chassis, an ION management module, and a redundant power supply. A variety of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet fiber conversion modules are also available to meet customers' specific network requirements. All slide-in modules are designed to help network managers reduce the cost of their fiber integration projects by protecting the investments made in current copper based devices, while still allowing them to experience the benefits offered by fiber optic cabling. The faceplates on the slide-in modules have an attractive brushed nickel finish that provides a durable service life while still being RoHS compliant.

Network Management
With the growing demand for network up-time, the use of a management module in the ION chassis is essential. The management module allows users to remotely monitor the current operating status of each slide-in module. Each module has an extensive set of features and functions that can be controlled. A network administrator can securely configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ION slide-in-modules remotely through a web-browser, a command line interface (CLI), via telnet, or with a third party SNMP application. Each slot in the ION chassis is numbered so users can quickly identify individual cards after monitoring them through the management interface. Secure access control to the management module is provided by support for management VLAN, SSH, SSL, 802.1x. and SNMPv1 and v2.

Power Supplies
The power supply modules are fully manageable. Both 100 - 240 VAC and -48VDC power supplies are available. While only one power supply is needed to power a fully loaded ION chassis, the option of a second power supply offers redundancy by functioning in an instant fail-over mode of operation. Power supply status LEDs are mounted on the frame of the ION chassis to provide at-a-glance information while keep the slots free for conversion modules.

Backwards Compatibility
While The ION Platform offers new levels for remote management, security, and control, providing backwards compatibility to Transition Networks' Point System installed base is a key feature customers will appreciate. By using the ION Adapter on the Point System management modules and the Point System converter modules, customers are able to install and manage their Point System devices in the ION chassis, thus preserving the investment in their current Transition Network products.

Product Configuration   
The initial release of The ION Platform will include the following products:   
ION219-A     Standard ION 19-slot chassis with AC power supply
ION219-D     Standard ION 19-slot chassis with DC power supply
ION001-A     Desktop ION 1-slot chassis with AC power supply
IONPS-A     Redundant ION AC power supply
IONPS-D     Redundant ION DC power supply
IONDCR     ION Dry Contact Relay for ION 19-Slot chassis power supply
IONMM     ION Management Module
IONFP     ION Blank Face Plate
IONRE-223     ION 23 Inch Rack Mount Ears for the 19-slot chassis
C2110 Series     100Base-TX to 100Base-FX converter module
C2210 Series     10/100Base-TX to 100Base-FX converter module
C/S2220 Series     10/100/1000Base-T to 100base-FX 802.3ah NID
C3110 Series     1000Base-T to 100Base-SX/LX converter module
C3210 Series     10/100/1000Base-T to 1000Base-SX/LX converter module
C/S3220 Series     10/100/1000Base-T to 1000base-FX 802.3ah NID
C/S3230 Series     10/100/1000Base-T to 1000base-FX 802.3ah / 802.1ag / Y.1731 NID

Product Availability
Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or +1-952-941-7600 for pricing and more information on the Transition Networks' ION Platform products. You can also visit for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2010 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Patrick Schaber
    Transition Networks
    (952) 996-1526
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    Editorial Contact:
    Kim Miller
    Tier One Partners
    (617) 610-0583
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