Avici Systems ships scalable, rack-mountable router

Oct. 12, 2001--Avici Systems, a provider of scalable and reliable core routing solutions for the Internet, announced the SSR stackable switch router.

Avici Systems (Nasdaq: AVCI), a provider of scalable and reliable core routing solutions for the Internet, announced the SSR stackable switch router. The SSR is a stackable, scalable and rack-mountable OC-192c router, delivering reliability and economics in a compact and affordable form factor.

The SSR is ideally suited for installation in regional/metro Points of Presences (PoPs) within large RBOC, IXC, PTT and ISP networks, and by carriers and service providers with smaller core network needs. The SSR maximizes carriers' operational savings and investment protection by using the same router modules, distributed Velociti architecture and proven Ipriori software as Avici's flagship product, the TSR scalable core router.

In addition, Avici announced enhancements to its TSR to continue to drive cost-effective scalability and carrier-class reliability for the IP backbone in carrier networks. Together, the SSR and the TSR enable carriers to grow from five Gbps to over five Tbs of capacity, as their demand increases. Avici's unique architecture lowers the cost of building and operating IP networks and delivers the highest levels of network reliability to increase Internet services availability and profitability.

IntelliSpace, an Ethernet IP broadband services provider, is testing the SSR in its network, which services more than 50,000 business users in more than 1,000 IntelliSpace wired buildings across 15 markets and 150 cities/communities.

Sandia National Labs is using the TSR and the SSR in a testbed to demonstrate improved network and storage efficiencies for distant supercomputing requirements across an integrated end-to-end TCP/IP architecture. The project goal is to validate the baseline architecture necessary to incorporate application, storage and transport requirements in the most efficient manner across its wide area network (WAN).

Avici SSR Features:

* 19" or 23" rack-mountable form factor;

* 20 slots per chassis for highest density;

* Support for interfaces ranging from OC-3c to OC-192c and Gigabit Ethernet;

* OC-768c capable;

* Five Gbps to 200 Gbps aggregate capacity per chassis;

* Two redundant server slots; and

* MPLS LDP, RSVP-TE and Fast Reroute.

The SSR is fully compatible with the TSR and uses the same Velociti distributed switch fabric, robust Ipriori software, router modules, Command Line Interface, and Quality of Service and Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) features to deliver unmatched reliability, scalability and backward and forward compatibility.

The Avici TSR is enhanced with form factor improvements that include 60 percent additional fiber management capacity. New TSR reliability features include four redundant server slots and MPLS fast reroute/local protection. Unlike competitive products, these server slots do not use capacity that generates revenue-supporting customer ports.

About Avici Systems:

Avici Systems Inc., headquartered in North Billerica, Mass., is a provider of purpose-built carrier-class routing solutions for the Internet. For more information, visit www.avici.com.

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