March 16, 2004 Richardson, TX--Fujitsu Network Communications, a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Ltd., announced the immediate availability of an optical network management platform combining the NETSMART 1500 element management system (EMS) and the PRIMEPOWER 650 server from Fujitsu. This bundled platform is designed for telecommunication service providers and multiple system operators (MSOs).
There are over 300,000 Fujitsu DWDM and SONET network elements deployed in North America, and service providers can use the EMS software to manage them. The current version of NETSMART 1500 software includes features that reduce the time to provision circuit connections, and it provides the capability to manage existing connections and perform alarm correlation.
The PRIMEPOWER family of SPARC-compliant Solaris-compatible servers grew out of the mainframe expertise and global reputation for enterprise IT leadership from Fujitsu, the world's fourth-largest computer company. The PRIMEPOWER servers have consistently outperformed competitors in head-to-head testing and have earned a reputation for reliability and exceptional value, according to the company.
"A comprehensive certification process conducted at the Fujitsu software development facility in San Jose, CA, proved that NETSMART 1500 software will perform flawlessly and maintain full functionality when used with the PRIMEPOWER 650 server," said Steve Pelosi, vice president of network operations planning with Fujitsu Network Communications."Fujitsu will use PRIMEPOWER servers at our Richardson, TX, and San Jose, CA, facilities to support customer deployments and continue to certify the servers with new releases of NETSMART 1500 software."
The servers support high availability and data manageability. The Fujitsu-designed PRIMEPOWER SPARC64 processor conforms to the specifications set by the SPARC International Consortium and the servers are fully compatible with the Solaris operating system. The servers can handle high system utilization and peak load situations with ease, and include mainframe-class technology and features for high reliability, offering UNIX server scalability for easy growth.
The NETSMART 1500 EMS allows carriers to manage, provision and maintain up to 8,000 SONET or WDM network elements from a single server. This fully integrated solution includes a comprehensive suite of element management features for quick and efficient turn-up of Ethernet, WDM, ATM and SONET services. Recent enhancements include a new connection manager that uses advanced algorithms to identify unused network bandwidth, determine optimal circuit paths, preview proposed routes to allow circuit parameter changes and path adjustments, and implement connections.
The EMS software includes a high-availability system that provides continuous network visibility during server maintenance and full protection in the event of a catastrophic failure. Information stored on a primary server is mirrored to a secondary server. This gives the user flexibility by allowing a secondary server to be collocated or separately located and connected via a wide area network for maximum protection in the event of a disaster. Additional security features allow network operations center (NOC) personnel to instantly access and update the security databases of thousands of network elements. An enhanced product change notification (PCN) reporting capability is also included that allows carriers to instantly locate equipment in their networks when hardware updates are required.