Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc. Expands Packet Capabilities of SN 9000 with Introduction of Network-Wide Ethernet Switching

  Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc. Expands Packet Capabilities of SN 9000
  with Introduction of Network-Wide Ethernet Switching for Metro Network

Business Wire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- April 30, 2013

Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc., a Marlin Equity Partners portfolio company,
today announced the introduction of Layer 2 packet switching capabilities for
its SN 9000 Intelligent Multiservice Switching platform. The new Integrated
Packet Exchange (IPX) solution extends the packet-optimized service features
of the SN 9000 with node- and network-wide Ethernet switching capability,
enabling service providers to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver
carrier-class Ethernet services while simultaneously supporting traditional
TDM-based revenue traffic.

The SN 9000 Intelligent Multiservice Switch consolidates multiple network
functions into a compact network element that enables end-to-end service
provisioning and optical mesh protection via an industry-leading GMPLS control
plane. Building upon the SN 9000’s versatile systems architecture, the IPX
solution supports node-wide packet switching and is central to the
establishment of an efficient and reliable network-wide packet layer. The
packet-optimized enhancements allow carrier-class Ethernet services to be
efficiently aggregated and switched both locally and network wide. In
addition, by enabling the economic aggregation of Ethernet and TDM service
traffic on the same platform, the IPX solution eliminates the need for costly
overlay aggregation networks.

“As demand for Ethernet and IP continues to drive a shift in service traffic
across access, backhaul and metro networks, service providers worldwide are
looking for cost-effective ways to optimize existing network architectures for
the efficient delivery of packet services,” said John Scully, president and
chief executive officer, Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc. “The SN 9000 IPX
solution gives our customers a powerful tool to simplify network evolution and
expand their existing offerings with a broad range of resilient Ethernet

“The new packet capabilities on Sycamore’s SN 9000 multiservice switch
underscore Marlin’s commitment to continue investing in solutions that enhance
the long-term value that Sycamore brings to its global customer base,” added
Patrick DiPietro, operating partner, Marlin Equity Partners.

With the introduction of an integrated packet switching fabric for the SN
9000, the IPX solution can support network-wide port- or flow-based switching
and aggregation of Ethernet traffic for enhanced packet-optical transport. The
SN 9000 IPX allows switching, grooming, and aggregation of Ethernet flows
between multiple multi-rate service modules in the system. In addition,
service traffic can be readily bridged between packet and TDM domains, as well
as between Ethernet and TDM interfaces. With the IPX, transport efficiency can
be greatly increased, with near-infinite granularity of service offerings,
while statistical multiplexing allows over-subscription of best-effort

The IPX solution also includes full support for MEF-compliant Ethernet
services, including Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line
(EVPL), Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) and E-Tree type services. MPLS-Transport Profile
(MPLS-TP) implementation of these standards-based service offerings enhances
network scalability, simplifies integration with IP/MPLS core networks, and
ensures the same level of predictability, reliability, and operations,
administration, and maintenance (OAM) capabilities found in traditional
transport networks.

The SN 9000 IPX solution includes enhancements to SILVX® Network Management
that extend multi-layer service management capabilities for SN 9000 networks.
These extensions include end-to-end Layer 2 service provisioning across a
network-wide Ethernet switching layer and virtualized customer network
management. Unique and powerful Layered Services Management functions address
the challenges of managing the increasingly diverse and complex mix of circuit
and packet services in metro and regional networks. SILVX simplifies the
creation and management of IP VPNs, TLS, VPLS, EPL, EVPL, and other advanced
data services.

About Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc.

Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc. is a provider of intelligent optical
networking and multiservice access solutions that enable fixed line and mobile
operators to improve utilization of network capacity, increase operational
efficiencies, and cost-effectively transition from circuit to packet services
while ensuring the highest degree of service availability. Sycamore's global
customer base includes Tier 1 service providers, government agencies, and
utility companies. For more information, please visit


Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc.
Scott Larson, 978-250-3433
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