Polaris Networks Enters Metro Core Market to Deliver Breakthrough Optical Transport-Switch Architecture

Guides Service Providers Towards Unrealized Economic Gains Through Network

Simplification and an Innovative Approach to Infrastructure Customization And

Migration



Jun 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Polaris Networks

    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Polaris Networks, a new
 developer of next-generation optical transport switches, announces its entry
 into the optical metro core market with a breakthrough transport-switch
 architecture.  The Polaris solution helps service providers to bridge the
 metro and long-haul networks with an economically sensitive and
 revenue-enhancing approach that gracefully migrates today's (OEO) networks to
 tomorrow's all-optical (OOO) networks.
     Polaris' optical network architecture, known as iMON(TM) (intelligent
 Multiservice Optical Network), achieves the next level of network simplicity
 and scalability by consolidating switching (TDM, cell, and packet) and
 transport (SONET, Gig-E and DWDM) onto a single, GMPLS-based intelligent
 network platform.  Uniquely, Polaris' architecture uses a programmable hybrid
 switch fabric that allows carriers to "customize" their respective
 infrastructures with software-based features that can dynamically adjust their
 protocol mix to carry multiple types of traffic on a single physical line.
 Polaris' approach effectively creates a "software-programmable" network that
 offers service providers the competitive agility to rapidly and dynamically
 provision a wide range of services, regardless of legacy limitations of their
 existing metro core networks.
     "Our vision is to advance network simplification and enhance service
 delivery by integrating transport and switching within an architecture that
 has a 'protocol-intelligent' network interface," said Ray Kao, CEO and CTO of
 Polaris Networks.  "This allows service providers to intelligently groom
 bandwidth, customize their infrastructure to any protocol mix, and quickly
 scale across the bit-rate continuum."
     "Simplifying today's metro core networks while enhancing network
 intelligence is certainly a move in the right direction," stated Todd Wilkens,
 McLeodUSA Senior Executive of Network Engineering.  "I am encouraged by
 Polaris' emphasis on providing carriers with the flexibility to adjust network
 infrastructures efficiently and rapidly to meet changing volumes and types of
 traffic.  This approach offers a significant potential advantage to service
 providers like McLeodUSA in today's competitive marketplace."
     "In the metro environment service providers are looking to install systems
 that protect their legacy investments while upgrading their networks to
 capture new revenue opportunities," said David Krozier, senior analyst for RHK
 Consulting.  "In this environment equipment that can permit carriers to adapt
 to changing needs is critical."
     iMON encompasses a flexible migration strategy, whereby service providers
 can evolve their current infrastructures using modular in-service upgrades.
 Polaris' iMON architecture is designed to create a network system with
 distributed intelligence, enabling dynamic network growth in response to
 real-time traffic volume rather than pre-configured operational boundaries.
 Using the Polaris architecture, service providers can gracefully scale to
 multi-Terabit capacities while providing highly granular bandwidth grooming
 from STS-N down to the VT 1.5 level.
     Furthermore, Polaris' solution enables cost-effective and
 performance-tuned network reliability through the implementation of dynamic
 ring and advanced mesh topologies, which are critical to network restoration
 and performance.  Polaris' patent-pending multi-layer restoration technologies
 ensure fault tolerance not only at the line level, but also at the individual
 logical connections level.
     "Polaris Networks is led by an experienced team from carrier-class
 software, hardware and service provider companies," continued Kao.  "Our
 market-proven engineering competence has Polaris solidly on track to deliver
 an architecture that will accelerate time-to-revenue for service providers.
 Carriers using legacy network systems will be able to look to Polaris for a
 seamless and efficient migration path from OEO to an all optical network.  The
 iMON architecture is both a bold step in streamlining carrier networks and a
 practical approach for carrier implementation."
     Polaris Networks is currently in lab testing and plans to initiate
 customer trials in Q4 2001.
 
     About Polaris Networks, Inc.
     Based in San Jose, Calif., Polaris Networks was founded in June 2000 and
 is staffed by accomplished management and engineering teams from Cisco,
 Nortel, Alcatel, Fujitsu, AT&T and WorldCom.  Polaris' innovative technology
 integrates multiservice switching and transport into one seamless fabric,
 enabling service providers to optimize network resources, introduce dynamic
 bandwidth management and simplify operations to the highest level of
 efficiency.  Polaris Networks is funded by Redpoint Ventures, Venrock
 Associates, SToRM Ventures and strategic private investors.  For additional
 information, visit http://www.polarisnetworks.com
 
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SOURCE Polaris Networks
    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Polaris Networks, a new
 developer of next-generation optical transport switches, announces its entry
 into the optical metro core market with a breakthrough transport-switch
 architecture.  The Polaris solution helps service providers to bridge the
 metro and long-haul networks with an economically sensitive and
 revenue-enhancing approach that gracefully migrates today's (OEO) networks to
 tomorrow's all-optical (OOO) networks.
     Polaris' optical network architecture, known as iMON(TM) (intelligent
 Multiservice Optical Network), achieves the next level of network simplicity
 and scalability by consolidating switching (TDM, cell, and packet) and
 transport (SONET, Gig-E and DWDM) onto a single, GMPLS-based intelligent
 network platform.  Uniquely, Polaris' architecture uses a programmable hybrid
 switch fabric that allows carriers to "customize" their respective
 infrastructures with software-based features that can dynamically adjust their
 protocol mix to carry multiple types of traffic on a single physical line.
 Polaris' approach effectively creates a "software-programmable" network that
 offers service providers the competitive agility to rapidly and dynamically
 provision a wide range of services, regardless of legacy limitations of their
 existing metro core networks.
     "Our vision is to advance network simplification and enhance service
 delivery by integrating transport and switching within an architecture that
 has a 'protocol-intelligent' network interface," said Ray Kao, CEO and CTO of
 Polaris Networks.  "This allows service providers to intelligently groom
 bandwidth, customize their infrastructure to any protocol mix, and quickly
 scale across the bit-rate continuum."
     "Simplifying today's metro core networks while enhancing network
 intelligence is certainly a move in the right direction," stated Todd Wilkens,
 McLeodUSA Senior Executive of Network Engineering.  "I am encouraged by
 Polaris' emphasis on providing carriers with the flexibility to adjust network
 infrastructures efficiently and rapidly to meet changing volumes and types of
 traffic.  This approach offers a significant potential advantage to service
 providers like McLeodUSA in today's competitive marketplace."
     "In the metro environment service providers are looking to install systems
 that protect their legacy investments while upgrading their networks to
 capture new revenue opportunities," said David Krozier, senior analyst for RHK
 Consulting.  "In this environment equipment that can permit carriers to adapt
 to changing needs is critical."
     iMON encompasses a flexible migration strategy, whereby service providers
 can evolve their current infrastructures using modular in-service upgrades.
 Polaris' iMON architecture is designed to create a network system with
 distributed intelligence, enabling dynamic network growth in response to
 real-time traffic volume rather than pre-configured operational boundaries.
 Using the Polaris architecture, service providers can gracefully scale to
 multi-Terabit capacities while providing highly granular bandwidth grooming
 from STS-N down to the VT 1.5 level.
     Furthermore, Polaris' solution enables cost-effective and
 performance-tuned network reliability through the implementation of dynamic
 ring and advanced mesh topologies, which are critical to network restoration
 and performance.  Polaris' patent-pending multi-layer restoration technologies
 ensure fault tolerance not only at the line level, but also at the individual
 logical connections level.
     "Polaris Networks is led by an experienced team from carrier-class
 software, hardware and service provider companies," continued Kao.  "Our
 market-proven engineering competence has Polaris solidly on track to deliver
 an architecture that will accelerate time-to-revenue for service providers.
 Carriers using legacy network systems will be able to look to Polaris for a
 seamless and efficient migration path from OEO to an all optical network.  The
 iMON architecture is both a bold step in streamlining carrier networks and a
 practical approach for carrier implementation."
     Polaris Networks is currently in lab testing and plans to initiate
 customer trials in Q4 2001.
 
     About Polaris Networks, Inc.
     Based in San Jose, Calif., Polaris Networks was founded in June 2000 and
 is staffed by accomplished management and engineering teams from Cisco,
 Nortel, Alcatel, Fujitsu, AT&T and WorldCom.  Polaris' innovative technology
 integrates multiservice switching and transport into one seamless fabric,
 enabling service providers to optimize network resources, introduce dynamic
 bandwidth management and simplify operations to the highest level of
 efficiency.  Polaris Networks is funded by Redpoint Ventures, Venrock
 Associates, SToRM Ventures and strategic private investors.  For additional
 information, visit http://www.polarisnetworks.com
 
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