RPR Alliance maps out technical and marketing initiatives

May 13, 2002--The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance, an industry advocacy group promoting the standardization and market acceptance of resilient packet ring (RPR) technology, today announced its technical and marketing initiatives and the appointment of a new team of officers to lead those efforts for the next year.

The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance, an industry advocacy group promoting the standardization and market acceptance of resilient packet ring (RPR) technology, today announced its technical and marketing initiatives and the appointment of a new team of officers to lead those efforts for the next year. These initiatives, including substantial carrier outreach and the development of an RPR interoperability test program, are focused on adding value to the standardization process, educating the market, and increasing acceptance of RPR.

The RPR Alliance also announced results of the IEEE 802.17 working group meeting last week in Ottawa, during which members continued the comment-resolution process to refine the major sections of the RPR draft standard.

The RPR Alliance's technical initiatives prioritized during last week's meeting include:

• Defining a suite of tests and test-equipment requirements to facilitate standards compliance testing of systems and ICs as they become available
• Sponsoring the interoperability testing itself
• Continuing to drive the IEEE 802.17 standard by providing market-driven data and requirements based on interaction with carriers and other leading target market segments to help guide the standard draft

Marketing initiatives for the RPR Alliance will focus on:

• A major new carrier outreach program to help clearly define the priorities of interoperability testing and define the key issues involved in the RPR business case
• The development of a multi-vendor RPR business case for service providers and for enterprises
• Continued market outreach efforts through articles, conferences, symposia, seminars, webinars, and the development of educational materials

The newly appointed RPR Alliance officers are active in the IEEE 802.17 working group and have demonstrated experience in leading similar technical and marketing initiatives. Serving as both chairman of the board and treasurer is John Hawkins, a senior marketing manager for Nortel Networks responsible for Optical Ethernet. Robert Love, president of
LAN Connect Consultants and vice chair of the IEEE 802.17 working group, was appointed president. Two vice presidents of technology were appointed to lead the RPR Alliance's technical initiatives: Leon Bruckman, vice president and chief system architect for Corrigent Systems and a technical editor for the IEEE 802.17 working group, and Kanaiya Vasani, senior director of marketing at Lantern Communications. Lauren Schlicht, a product line manager for Mindspeed Technologies, a Conexant Company, is vice president of marketing. Martin Green, product manager at Cisco Systems, continues his role as the RPR Alliance's chief intelligence officer.

At last week's meeting, members of the IEEE 802.17 working group continued to focus on the comment-resolution process, fleshing out additional details, to prepare the RPR draft standard for balloting. This comment-resolution process will continue at the working group's next meeting in July in Vancouver.

For more information about the Resilient Packet Ring Alliance, visit www.RPRAlliance.org.

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