ADTRAN Launches ActivChassis Technology to Provide a Geographically Flexible, High-Bandwidth Switching Solution

  ADTRAN Launches ActivChassis Technology to Provide a Geographically
  Flexible, High-Bandwidth Switching Solution

ActivChassis enables businesses to achieve greater efficiency and flexibility
                in delivering bandwidth-intensive applications

Business Wire

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- January 22, 2013

ADTRAN^®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of cloud connectivity,
virtual mobility and enterprise communications solutions, today announced
ActivChassis stacking technology for its NetVanta® 1600 series of Gigabit
Ethernet switches that enables businesses to achieve greater efficiency and
flexibility in delivering bandwidth-intensive applications. ActivChassis is a
software feature that allows network administrators to interconnect multiple
switches and view the stack as a single, logical chassis-like system, with
control and management consolidated to a single viewpoint. In order to ensure
constant infrastructure uptime and deliver control efficiency in the network,
ActivChassis provides backplane switching capacity up to 128 Gbps, the ability
to interconnect switches scattered across a campus environment and specialized
features for network high-availability.

“The demand for constructing highly resilient, high-performance networks that
are simple to manage is ever increasing,” said Alex Morrow, President of
AbovePoint Technologies in Dallas, TX. “ActivChassis provides this benefit for
our customers while simultaneously allowing them to incrementally grow their
network as their business grows. This flexibility coupled with ADTRAN’s
industry-leading support and warranty enables us to deliver solutions for our
customers that are second to none.”

ActivChassis enables up to eight switches to be interconnected and actively
managed as a single, intelligent system, allowing users to control up to 400
switch ports across distances up to 10,000 meters. ActivChassis allows network
administrators to log into the stack, view all available switch ports, make
changes, and have all switches in the stack share a single configuration file
and IP address.

“Our SME customers face a number of issues as they are looking to enhance
their wired infrastructure – the need to maintain multiple switch
configurations; the need for manpower overhead to administer switches spread
across different wiring closets; and the need to improve network resiliency,
as their businesses depend on it,” said Todd Lattanzi, director of product
management for ADTRAN’s Enterprise Networks Division. “In our continued
commitment to providing valuable solutions, ActivChassis enables businesses of
all sizes—from small and medium enterprises to large campus environments—to
cost-effectively grow their network to accommodate bandwidth-hungry services
and devices, simplify network administration and enhance network redundancy.”

The modular design of the NetVanta 1600 series Gigabit Ethernet switches
allows for a variety of flexible ActivChassis stacking architectures no matter
the customer environment. For example, backplane throughput speeds up to 128
Gbps can be achieved when used with the NetVanta 1600 Dual Stacking Module for
high-speed connectivity. This configuration provides ample bandwidth for even
the most demanding business applications such as enterprise-wide wireless,
converged voice and data, private Cloud, high-availability network servers and
more. In addition, the NetVanta 1600 Dual SFP+ Module allows ActivChassis
configurations that span multiple wiring closets and even across entire campus
deployments. When configured in a ring topology, all uplinks ports are fully
utilized resulting in no single point of failure in the network. In the
unlikely event one switch goes down, all other switches in the stack remain
connected and active for maximum network resiliency.

ActivChassis technology will be available as a software upgrade for the
NetVanta 1638 and the NetVanta 1638P Gigabit Ethernet switches beginning
January 2013.


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications
equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet
communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions
are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government
organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more
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