Stories by Stephen Lawson

Forum seeks open systems

A new alliance of several telecommunications carriers and equipment makers could bring the innovation and low prices of open systems to service providers' central offices. Cisco Systems, MCI WorldCom, and Bellcore are spearheading the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF), which last week presented an impressive line up of vendors and carriers that also included Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, and AT&T.

Cisco advances SNA plan

The guaranteed response of Systems Network Architecture (SNA), which users have relied on for years in the mainframe world, may return in standards-based IP networks due to a technology advancement made by Cisco Systems.

Cisco's IOS prioritises ATM, IP data traffic

Cisco Systems has taken a big step toward differentiated classes of service on its own equipment, announcing this week that its routing software now will extend traffic priority across packet-based and ATM networks.

IBM, Cisco Spar Over MPLS

IBM Corp.'s disclosure that it will protect the technology it contributed to a key Internet standard has raised concerns among some vendors and industry observers.

Cisco maps IP, ATM classes of service

Cisco Systems this week took a big step towards offering differentiated classes of service across the range of its own equipment, announcing that its routing software now will carry traffic priorities across packet-based and ATM networks.

Vendors present visions of high-capacity Internet

A Nortel Networks executive has told an Internet conference here that packet routing is likely to converge with optical networking next year, allowing enterprises to set up a direct 10Gbits per second link to the outside world.

Novell, Nortel in directory deal

Novell has signed up another networking partner to use its directory technology, formalising a partnership with Nortel Networks.

Newbridge looks to guarantee connections

ATM switch vendor Newbridge Networks will launch a virtual private network (VPN) strategy this week that leverages the existing infrastructure of traditional service providers.

Nortel, Cisco bolster remote-access offerings

Nortel Networks this week introduced its latest offering in a fiercely competitive market for branch office and telecommuter access devices.
The rollout of the Bay Networks Nautica 250 ISDN router follows announcements this week of firewall software for Bay's Contivity VPN device, as well as of an ISDN router from Cisco Systems.