Stories by Tim Greene

Ciena, ONI close deal, lop heads

Newly-merged optical vendors Ciena Corp. and ONI Systems Corp. have announced the immediate layoff of 225 employees and a further 110 job cuts in three months. The announcement was made after the merger was approved Tuesday.

Check Point announces new Wireless Initiative programs

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is certifying that its VPN products work with specific wireless products so network planners don't have to worry about interoperability when they are designing wireless security.

Certicom refocuses, hopes for brigher future

Wireless security vendor Certicom is refocusing on sales of its flagship movianVPN and its security tool kits used by other vendors as a way to pull out of financial tailspin.

Sycamore chops up SONET bandwidth

Sycamore Networks Inc. Tuesday announced its optical grooming switch can shape traffic so it fits in 50M bit/sec chunks onto standard SONET networks, making it possible for the switch to support high-speed services without wasting much bandwidth.

Cisco supports VoIP over a VPN with new capability

Cisco Systems Inc. says its gear now supports voice and video over IP running through VPN tunnels, giving businesses the option of securing all types of traffic over a single link to a public IP network.

Juniper's purchase of Unisphere a 'smart move'

Juniper Networks is buying edge-router rival Unisphere Networks in a deal that will blend the second- and third-largest sellers of service-provider edge routers and pit them as a combined force against Cisco Systems in that arena.

Quick Eagle hatches FRAD

Quick Eagle Networks Inc. is introducing a frame relay access device that can bond together two T-1 links to create a 3M bit/sec logical access connection.

Siemens silences Unisphere

In an effort to round out its packet voice switching portfolio, Siemens AG has absorbed the voice division of Unisphere Networks Inc., a company funded by Siemens three years ago.

Visual Networks improves SLA verification

Visual Networks is adding a high-speed probe to its line of IP network monitoring gear that will enable users to better verify service level agreements from their IP providers.

Marconi opens kimono on MPLS

Marconi Corp. PLC will soon roll out upgrades to its multiservice switch routers to support legacy and Ethernet carrier services over an MPLS core.

Hatteras offers Ethernet for the fiberless

Start-up Hatteras Networks Inc. this week said it has service provider access gear that delivers Ethernet services over fiber or copper cabling, making it possible to reach more corporations with such services.

Better times ahead for softswitches

Recent softswitch announcements indicate that while tough times still lay ahead for the companies trying to sell these devices, better times are coming.

Unisphere unveils VPN module

Unisphere Networks this week is introducing a blade for its ERX edge switch/router designed to enable carriers to offer network-based VPN services and also support customer premises-based VPNs.

Quarry mines VPN, firewall treasures

Quarry Technologies is introducing firewall and VPN capabilities for its service edge switches that enable carriers to protect traffic between customer sites rather than just within carriers' networks.

SSL catching up to VPNs in popularity

A growing number of organizations looking for a fast, secure way to link remote users and business partners are turning away from traditional IP Security-based VPNs and toward products and services based on Secure Sockets Layer technology.