SBC Communications enhances MON service offerings

16 April 2003 San Antonio, TX Lightwave -- SBC Communications Inc. today announced its SBC local service companies have enhanced the features and widened availability of its Multi-Service Optical Networking (MON) solutions to provide businesses with an efficient and scalable way to connect mainframes, data centers, and storage networks within a metropolitan area.

16 April 2003 San Antonio, TX Lightwave -- SBC Communications Inc. today announced its SBC local service companies have enhanced the features and widened availability of its Multi-Service Optical Networking (MON) solutions to provide businesses with an efficient and scalable way to connect mainframes, data centers, and storage networks within a metropolitan area.

The enhanced SBC MON services allow businesses to connect multiple locations in a metro area using a ring architecture that provides a high level of reliability and redundancy, making it ideal for high-speed transmission of any business-critical information, as well as disaster recovery and business continuity applications and mirroring data.

SBC MON has been available since 2001 as a dedicated point-to-point network solution. The new enhanced SBC MON offerings support customer dedicated ring applications with a broader array of interfaces while providing more flexible and scalable configurations, say company representatives. All SBCIMON offerings feature rapid bandwidth provisioning, which enables customers to expand their networks quickly and cost-effectively to meet their own dynamic growth requirements.

SBC MON and related equipment offerings are available as a managed service, allowing businesses to reduce in-house capital and management expenses by outsourcing network development and ongoing management to the SBC family of companies. The enhanced MON service offering works in conjunction with a number of data transport protocols, including ESCON, FICON, ETR, ISC, Fibre Channel, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, and D1Ivideo. The transport protocols are delivered in their native format, eliminating the need for a costly translation process to enable cross-platform interoperability.

"There's a clear opportunity for SBC Communications to take advantage of the growth in the storage and business continuity spaces by offering a DWDM-based ring product," contends Nick Maynard, senior analyst with the Yankee Group (Boston). "The E connectivity benefits of DWDM, coupled with the added security of a managed, monitored network in a ring configuration, make this an attractive offer for businesses with multiple locations and advanced networking needs."

The MON offerings are available throughout the SBC 13-state local service territory. Both the SBC MON services utilize the Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multi-service Platform release 5.0, a DWDM-based platform enabling the delivery of new services such as business continuity, disaster recovery, video and content networking on a wide scale basis.

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