Aplion Networks Completes Network Virtuoso Product Suite With Addition of Orchestra and Duet

Platform Lets Providers Turn 'Dumb Pipes' and Commodity Bandwidth

Into Source for High-Margin, Mass-Customized Data Services



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Aplion Networks, Inc.

    EDISON, N.J., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aplion Networks, Inc. announces the
 availability of two key network elements -- Orchestra and Duet -- completing
 its Network Virtuoso(TM) platform.  Network Virtuoso is a network
 infrastructure product line that enables providers to create services in
 software instead of dedicated hardware, without being tied to specific
 protocols.  This allows providers to provision, activate, prioritize and
 deliver those services by content, application, source or destination -- down
 to the individual business user desktop.
     Through Network Virtuoso's unique dual-ended approach -- consisting of
 service edge equipment and customer premise equipment (CPE) along with
 management software -- service providers can easily and quickly deliver new
 revenue-rich services to attract and retain customers, while also leveraging
 their existing infrastructure and reducing operations costs.
     Two elements of the Network Virtuoso platform have been commercially
 available since August 2000: Soloist, an intelligent application agent placed
 at the customer premises that provides the combined functions of a CSU/DSU,
 Layer 7 policy manager, virtual private network (VPN) manager, voice manager
 and service level manager, all at the cost of a typical CSU/DSU router; and
 Maestro, software used to create, program and manage customized communications
 services through Network Virtuoso's hardware elements, even allowing customer
 provisioning if the service provider chooses.
     The Network Virtuoso platform is now complete, with the addition of:
     *  Orchestra, a highly programmable content/application flow switch that
        coordinates and directs all IP, data, voice, streaming and transaction-
        based services, independent of their underlying transport technology
        and protocols, including TDM, SONET, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet and Frame
        Relay.
     *  Duet, a Soloist with an integrated Vocalist module, providing full
        Soloist capability plus up to 16 toll-quality voice lines.  Each voice
        line can be used for traditional TDM, or in the future, ATM voice or
        VoIP on a call-by-call basis.  Soloists can be field-upgraded to Duets
        at any time.
     "Aplion's philosophy is to empower competitive service providers with
 'application networking' -- the ability to deliver and manage services based
 on their value to the customer," said John Holobinko, Aplion Networks CEO.
 "With Network Virtuoso, providers truly become business partners with their
 customers, offering mass-customized, value-added services rather than trying
 to make a profit on commodity bandwidth."
     Beta testing of Duet began in late March, and general availability is
 scheduled for early May.  Orchestra will begin testing in late May.
     "The Network Virtuoso products offer us the transport technology, robust
 features, security and service creation environment to deliver large-business
 functionality to our small-to-medium sized business customers," said Ken
 Leland, CEO of Monmouth Internet, a fast growing ISP/CLEC serving New Jersey.
 "We see direct benefits from Aplion's approach toward turning unused and non-
 differentiated bandwidth into value-added, profitable next-generation
 services.  We're convinced this is the way of the future for any service
 provider seeking long-term profitability."
     Network Virtuoso utilizes Aplion's patented policy engine, enabling
 prioritization and routing by application type or source.  For example, a
 corporate CEO can be given top priority for e-mail, even in the face of
 network congestion, or a videoconferencing channel can be reserved and
 concluded at specific times.  From a resource conservation perspective,
 Aplion's prioritization capability can also prevent employees from engaging in
 such bandwidth- and productivity-devouring activities as downloading streaming
 video.
 
     About Aplion Networks
     Based in Edison, New Jersey, Aplion Networks is orchestrating the
 evolution of broadband communications from commodity bandwidth to next-
 generation, differentiated, high-value services.  The company's solutions
 platform, Network Virtuoso(TM), allows communications service providers to
 create, manage and prioritize high-margin, mass-customized enhanced
 application services, while simultaneously simplifying network operations and
 service provisioning.  For more information, visit www.aplion.com .
 
 

SOURCE Aplion Networks, Inc.
    EDISON, N.J., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aplion Networks, Inc. announces the
 availability of two key network elements -- Orchestra and Duet -- completing
 its Network Virtuoso(TM) platform.  Network Virtuoso is a network
 infrastructure product line that enables providers to create services in
 software instead of dedicated hardware, without being tied to specific
 protocols.  This allows providers to provision, activate, prioritize and
 deliver those services by content, application, source or destination -- down
 to the individual business user desktop.
     Through Network Virtuoso's unique dual-ended approach -- consisting of
 service edge equipment and customer premise equipment (CPE) along with
 management software -- service providers can easily and quickly deliver new
 revenue-rich services to attract and retain customers, while also leveraging
 their existing infrastructure and reducing operations costs.
     Two elements of the Network Virtuoso platform have been commercially
 available since August 2000: Soloist, an intelligent application agent placed
 at the customer premises that provides the combined functions of a CSU/DSU,
 Layer 7 policy manager, virtual private network (VPN) manager, voice manager
 and service level manager, all at the cost of a typical CSU/DSU router; and
 Maestro, software used to create, program and manage customized communications
 services through Network Virtuoso's hardware elements, even allowing customer
 provisioning if the service provider chooses.
     The Network Virtuoso platform is now complete, with the addition of:
     *  Orchestra, a highly programmable content/application flow switch that
        coordinates and directs all IP, data, voice, streaming and transaction-
        based services, independent of their underlying transport technology
        and protocols, including TDM, SONET, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet and Frame
        Relay.
     *  Duet, a Soloist with an integrated Vocalist module, providing full
        Soloist capability plus up to 16 toll-quality voice lines.  Each voice
        line can be used for traditional TDM, or in the future, ATM voice or
        VoIP on a call-by-call basis.  Soloists can be field-upgraded to Duets
        at any time.
     "Aplion's philosophy is to empower competitive service providers with
 'application networking' -- the ability to deliver and manage services based
 on their value to the customer," said John Holobinko, Aplion Networks CEO.
 "With Network Virtuoso, providers truly become business partners with their
 customers, offering mass-customized, value-added services rather than trying
 to make a profit on commodity bandwidth."
     Beta testing of Duet began in late March, and general availability is
 scheduled for early May.  Orchestra will begin testing in late May.
     "The Network Virtuoso products offer us the transport technology, robust
 features, security and service creation environment to deliver large-business
 functionality to our small-to-medium sized business customers," said Ken
 Leland, CEO of Monmouth Internet, a fast growing ISP/CLEC serving New Jersey.
 "We see direct benefits from Aplion's approach toward turning unused and non-
 differentiated bandwidth into value-added, profitable next-generation
 services.  We're convinced this is the way of the future for any service
 provider seeking long-term profitability."
     Network Virtuoso utilizes Aplion's patented policy engine, enabling
 prioritization and routing by application type or source.  For example, a
 corporate CEO can be given top priority for e-mail, even in the face of
 network congestion, or a videoconferencing channel can be reserved and
 concluded at specific times.  From a resource conservation perspective,
 Aplion's prioritization capability can also prevent employees from engaging in
 such bandwidth- and productivity-devouring activities as downloading streaming
 video.
 
     About Aplion Networks
     Based in Edison, New Jersey, Aplion Networks is orchestrating the
 evolution of broadband communications from commodity bandwidth to next-
 generation, differentiated, high-value services.  The company's solutions
 platform, Network Virtuoso(TM), allows communications service providers to
 create, manage and prioritize high-margin, mass-customized enhanced
 application services, while simultaneously simplifying network operations and
 service provisioning.  For more information, visit www.aplion.com .
 
 SOURCE  Aplion Networks, Inc.