WaveSmith to unveil switch manager

ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) edge switch start-up WaveSmith Networks Inc. next week will unveil the management system behind its upcoming Distributed Node switch, which is designed to enable migration from ATM to IP/Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS).

The new WaveFlow Element Management System (WEMS) allows service providers to configure and troubleshoot the DN switch, as well as augment service creation by integrating with existing operation support systems (OSS), WaveSmith says. The system features a look and feel that's familiar to carriers, which should help them avoid retraining operations staff on yet another management system, the company says.

WEMS won't complete compliance with Telcordia Technologies Inc.'s Operations Systems Modifications for the Integration of Network Elements (OSMINE) for another nine to 12 months, however, WaveSmith officials say. Support of OSMINE standards, which are designed to ensure that equipment complies with current regional Bell operating company operations software, is key for attracting business with incumbent and established carriers.

WaveSmith says integration with existing OSSes and provisioning systems is facilitated by CORBA interfaces on both WEMS and DN. WEMS also features a graphical user interface similar to Lucent's NavisCore GUI for ATM and frame relay management, and a command line interface similar to Cisco's router CLI for IP and MPLS management.

WEMS also supports SNMP for fault management, and alarm and event notification.

With WEMS, service providers can configure administrative management domains, whereby a WEMS console can manage a group of DNs sorted by geography, customer or technology type, WaveSmith says. Customer grouping associates circuits or services with specific customers the carrier serves.

Management servers and databases can also be configured for redundancy. A feature called "closed-loop database synchronization" ensures that WEMS and DN configuration databases are synchronized after changes are made without resetting the DN switch and disrupting service, WaveSmith says.

WEMS also provides real-time and bulk statistics of ATM and frame relay circuits, logical ports and trunks, WaveSmith says.

WEMS starts at US$17,500 and will ship later this quarter, as will the DN switch.

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