CloudShield Technologies taps OMM for MEMS switches

December 13, 2002-- CloudShield Technologies has incorporated MEMS-based optical switching modules from OMM Inc. into its CC-200 system for use in carrier, service provider, and government defense applications.

December 13, 2002-- CloudShield Technologies (www.cloudshield.com) has incorporated MEMS-based optical switching modules from OMM Inc. (www.omminc.com) into its CC-200 system for use in carrier, service provider, and government defense applications. The CC-200, in conjunction with CloudShield Technologies' CA-5000 system, allows network data to be compared, classified, inspected, redirected, reported, and modified at the optical-packet level.

Using OMM's optical switching modules, CloudShield Technologies has commercialized a high performance network solution for homeland defense initiatives, enabling government agencies, carriers, and service providers to provide heightened protection for critical computer and communications infrastructure that are interconnected with fiber links. The transparency provided by the optical switching modules in the CC-200 allows it to serve as a core network tap, which enables the CA-5000 to do deep packet processing. Key advantages include increased reliability, cost reduction from eliminating the requirement for dual ports, and the ability to allow transparent insertion and/or removal of adjacent devices in the core of the network without requiring any router or switch reconfiguration.

"For the deep packet processing solutions we are developing at CloudShield Technologies, it is critical that we have the most reliable and cost-effective solutions available," said Richard Sweatt, Vice President of Product Management at Cloudshield Technologies. "We chose OMM because of their technology and manufacturing leadership."

"Increasingly, we are seeing applications where all-optical switching compliments and co-exists with electrical switching," said Karen Liu, managing director at RHK Inc., a leading telecommunications industry research firm. "The combination of OMM's all-optical technology and CloudShield Technologies' system knowledge in deep packet processing is a perfect example of this."

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