27 May 2003 Santa Clara, CA Lightwave -- Atrica today announced three additions to its suite of Optical Ethernet Systems: The A-4100 Optical Ethernet Aggregation Switch and the A-2101 and A-2140 Optical Ethernet Edge Switches. The new additions enable service providers to simplify their Metro network operations, reduce their capital and operational expenditures, and scale their networks to support emerging Ethernet-based services, says the company.
The A-4100 aggregates flows from Atrica's A-2100 Optical Ethernet Edge Switches. Addressing the small PoP/CO environment, the A-4100 is a NEBS-compliant, high-density, low profile solution for space-constrained locations. Supporting Carrier-class attributes such as 50-msec resiliency, Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees, TDM services, and integrated network management, the A-4100's functionality includes MPLS, connection-oriented services, and Ethernet services. With full hardware and software redundancy, the A-4100 has the same architecture as the other members of the Atrica family of Optical Ethernet products and shares the same interface cards as Atrica's A-8000 Series of Optical Ethernet Core Switches. This eases the cost and space requirements associated with sparing and speeds training cycles for network personnel, claim company representatives.
The A-2101 and A-2140 build upon the attributes of Atrica's existing A-2000 family of Optical Ethernet Edge Switches to provision connectivity at the Metro optical edge, offering a combination of Ethernet interfaces and a comprehensive set of Ethernet Circuit Emulation Services (CES) at DS1, DS3, OC-3, and OC-12 rates. The A-2101 is available in six fixed configurations; the first two configurations will be 24 FE TX with 2GE SFP and 24 FE FX with Fix 2 GE SFP 10Km.
The A-2140 also supports all A-2100 platform functionality, with the added benefits of being NEBS compliant and modular, with a redundant power supply (AC or DC) and dry contact (inputs and outputs for external indications and/or sensors).
The A-4100, A-2101, and A-2140 are part of Atrica's suite of Optical Ethernet Systems, which also includes the A-8000 Series of Optical Ethernet Core Switches and the Atrica Service Platform for Ethernet Networks (ASPEN), an integrated service provisioning and management system.