Alcatel company Xylan yesterday announced Phase II (two) of its switched network services (SNS) initiative.
SNS is an initiative by Xylan to enable customers to build policy-based, directory enabled secure networks.
Aimed at delivering policy-based management and simple network management through its switches, Xylan's Phase II incorporates the release of four new products.
The new products include IP control for IP address management, LDAP standard directory services, authentication security services and policy-based management.
According to Jeff Hayes, vice president of Xylan's security and Internetworking, two more phases scheduled to be announced later this year and next year will complete the SNS rollout. Virtual private networks, quality of service, voice integration and Web management applications are some products still to be announced.
According to Hayes, a key aspect of Xylan's new directory management tools is the embedded LDAP client support within the switches.
This enables Xylan switches to support Netscape Directory Services, Sun Directory Services and Novell NDS, as well as Microsoft Active Directory, once it comes available, Hayes said.
According to David Keane, Xylan Australia's managing director, the University of Wollongong and an undisclosed telecommunications provider are already using the new SNS technology.