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Quick Takes: Switchless switches and other debuts

Adva unveils SAN/IP solution

Optical networking solutions provider ADVA Optical Networking, announced today Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) over Internet Protocol (IP) capability to its DiskLink SAN interconnect gateway. The new Gigabit Ethernet interface added to DiskLink as an alternative to existing ATM OC-3 and OC-12 wide area interfaces, allows customers to build storage networks over IP backbone networks such as intranets and Virtual Private Networks.


Oplink intros optical switch

Oplink Communications, Inc., designer and manufacturer of innovative optical components and integrated optical modules, has introduced its new 1X2 fiber-optic mechanical switch. The switch features less than 0.35 dB typical insertion loss, less than 0.50 dB maximum insertion loss, and the smallest size of any device of its kind available today, according to the company. It is designed for use in configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers, Optical Cross-Connect systems and optical system performance monitoring and fault protection applications. Its size (40 x 15.5 x 9.5 mm) allows the switch to be easily integrated into high-density optical systems. The switch is expected to cost in the range of $400 to $500 per unit.


Gotham hypes 'switchless switch'

Gotham Networks, which develops solutions to eliminate friction at the network edge, has announced its new GN 1600 Switchless Switch. The GN features scalability, centralized service provisioning, and "pay-as-you-grow" pricing. Gotham's new switching architecture eliminates traditional network design constraints, and helps turn the table on existing ramp-up costs and operational difficulties of "scaling" a network to support new services or speeds. The Switchless Switch differs from conventional edge routers/switches by eliminating the need for a centralized switching fabric. The Switchless Switch implements a fully distributed, fully-interconnected, non-blocking mesh architecture where every card is connected to every other card.


Sunrise launches handheld OC48 tester

Sunrise Telecom Incorporated, which provides service verification equipment for telecommunications and Internet networks, has introduced what the company calls the world's smallest and first truly handheld OC-48 optical network analyzer. The SunSet OCx product family goes beyond transmission analysis to provide service verification tools. These advanced features allow field technicians to verify their networks for both transmission and service quality.


IMC Networks announces industry's first SNMP-integrated chassis

IMC Networks, manufacturer of media conversion, fiber optic connectivity and bandwidth management solutions for local, wide and metropolitan area networks, has announced the development of its new iMediaCenter platform featuring 2, 8 and 18-slot chassis with a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent embedded directly on the chassis backplane. The company says the new platform eliminates the need for separate management modules to be purchased, installed and configured, making managed media conversion both easy and cost-effective for the first time.


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