Laurel Networks launches service edge router

June 12, 2001
June 12, 2001--Laurel Networks, a provider of edge-optimized routers for IP/MPLS networks, announced the introduction of the ST200, a high capacity, high density service edge router.

Laurel Networks, a provider of edge-optimized routers for IP/MPLS networks, announced the introduction of the ST200, a high capacity, high density service edge router. Deployed at the edge of an IP/MPLS service provider backbone, the ST200 enables an infrastructure that supports high-value, scalable IP services, maximizing revenue and driving down the overall cost of bandwidth.

The ST200 is custom designed for service edge routing, with a powerful combination of density, high speed routing and service-enabling features that add value to network bandwidth. The ST200 system architecture is edge-optimized with routing and forwarding functions distributed throughout the system to meet customer delivery and billing requirements of scalable edge services. To deliver services that support explicit customer bandwidth and service level requirements, the ST200 offers routing tables, traffic shaping, class-based queuing and differentiated services (IETF diffserv). Hardware-based counters collect the statistics needed by service providers to correlate service delivery with service billing, ensuring that each customer gets precise service.

The ST200 is a breakthrough for service providers looking for the solution that combines rich connectivity with high capacity IP-based services. Laurel's customers can now deploy a single IP/MPLS infrastructure that increases services revenue through a wide variety of creative service offerings that capture the value of the service to the customer:

* Dedicated Internet access with differentiated service levels.

* Destination-sensitive billing with flexible pricing based on traffic destination and driven by BGP-4 policy.

* On net/off net services that offers preferential treatment and rates to traffic within a service provider's network.

* Bundled peering and transit to maximize the business relationship between service providers.

* Long-Haul Ethernet over MPLS for cost-effective WAN connectivity.

* ATM and Frame Relay over MPLS to extend the capacity and reach of existing layer 2 services.

* Provider-based IP VPNs that offer each customer a secure network over a shared IP/MPLS infrastructure.

The flexibility and cost effectiveness of the ST200 is demonstrated through any service on any port at any speed. A single ST200 line card can simultaneously support any combination of DS-3 through OC-48 running any type of service (Frame Relay, ATM, POS, PPP, or TDM). The result is lower entry and maintenance costs and better utilization of router ports. Adjustments to changes in traffic patterns and customer demand are made without additional expenditures in capital equipment, taking the risk out of capacity planning and accelerating service provisioning and delivery. Provisioning is further enhanced through a centralized management and provisioning system that significantly reduces system outages.

Laurel Networks will begin lab trials of the ST200 with several Tier 1 service providers in June 2001. Software trials of the ST200 Routing Control System have been ongoing over the last six months. At SuperComm 2001 in Atlanta, the company showcased a fully functional demonstration of the ST200 service edge router in an IP/MPLS network.

About Laurel Networks:

Laurel Networks is developing high performance service edge routers designed and developed specifically for the edge of an IP/MPLS network. For more information, visit www.laurelnetworks.com.

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