Cabletron Subsidiary to Target MANs

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (04/22/2000) - Riverstone Networks, the service provider equipment subsidiary of Cabletron Systems Inc., is about to embark on a major push into the metropolitan-area network (MAN) market with several new products that will debut over the next year.

The products are intended to let businesses access new, high-speed IP and Internet services, and applications from their service providers. The new gear will range from 'Net appliances for small hosting sites to a new terabit switch router with OC-768 switching capabilities for MAN backbones.

New products for the shared tenant market include the RS 2100 and 3000 switch routers. These devices are designed to provide Gigabit Ethernet aggregation in a small footprint in order to free up rack space for collocation needs.

The 2100 will feature eight fixed-configuration 1000Base-SX ports. The 3000 will feature 32 10/100M bit/sec ports and two LAN/WAN expansion slots. The 2100 is shipping, now; the 3000 will ship in July.

For Web-hosting facilities, Riverstone will unveil the IA 1100 and 1200 Internet appliances in June. These devices are successors to Cabletron's SLB-1000 and SLB-2000 load-balancing switches announced last fall.

For the service provider infrastructure, Riverstone will unleash a raft of products beginning with channelized T-3/E-3 modules for its RS 32000 router later this spring. At midyear, Riverstone will unveil 2.5G bit/sec OC-48 packet-over-SONET (POS) interfaces for its RS 8000 and 32000 routers.

Currently, the highest link speed on those devices is 622M bit/sec OC-12.

Riverstone will also add four- and eight-channel wavelength division add/drop multiplexing (WDM ADM) to the RS 32000 at midyear, as well as DOCSIS-compliant cable headend capabilities. The WDM ADM will enable the device to add or subtract wavelengths to or from MAN fiber. As a cable headend, the RS 3200 will aggregate multiple cable modem connections for MAN and Internet access.

In the third quarter, Riverstone will add Multi-protocol Label Switching software to the RS 8000 and 32000 platforms. This will enable service providers to engineer their networks to support IP services such as virtual private networks.

Next year, Riverstone will unveil the next generation RS switch router, a terabit-capable device supporting 10G bit/sec Ethernet and multiple OC-192 POS ports for scaling MAN backbones.

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