Announces NeuTrans 3.1
28th Nov. 2001
New software version of NeuTrans supports Metropolitan
Ethernet Services; New IP-Sec based VPN services and Customer Self-Provisioning.
GAITHERSBURG, MD,, November 28, 2001 Asce Networks,
Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical e-Business infrastructures,
today announced a series of significant enhancements to its award
winning NeuTrans' software.
In addition to existing support for Layer 3 VPNs using
MPLS, QoS and security management, NeuTrans 3.1 adds support for
Layer 2 services using MPLS and VLANs, Layer 3 services using IPSec
and multi-network VPNs. This gives service providers a single platform
to automate the management of a very broad range of network features
to deliver real-time, dynamic services.
NeuTrans 3.1 features a series of web interfaces and
a Java toolkit that network operators can use to create web portals
to enable customer self-provisioning. It also includes seamless
integration with InfoVista to deliver one-touch activation and assurance
of VPNs and other services.
Bob Collins, CEO of Asce Networks,Inc. commented, "We
are delighted to announce this important new version of NeuTrans.
It demonstrates our strategic commitment to building an automated,
intelligent platform to help network operators address the real
challenges of managing large-scale, multi-vendor environments to
accelerate the deployment of services."
The applications of the new release include:
Metro Ethernet Services
Many Service Providers are embracing Ethernet as the
de facto emerging standard for metro data services. Metro Ethernet
is attractive as both the Service Provider and the customer benefit
from lower prices than traditional TDM services, and the technology
is familiar, proven and robust, and is ideally suited to common
applications like Ethernet LAN Interconnect.
The two main network functions that need to be managed
or activated to deliver services are VLAN configuration and Layer
2 MPLS VPN management. NeuTrans 3.1 supports the ability to configure
these features on Cisco CatOS, Juniper and Riverstone equipment,
with more vendors to be announced in 2002. The new product supports
the L2 MPLS management frameworks in the Martini, Lasserre and Kompella
drafts from the IETF.
IPSec and Multi-network VPN Management
IP Sec -This addition gives service providers
a wider choice of technologies to choose from when providing VPN
services: with this release of the product, providers can now offer
both provider-provisioned IP Sec and MPLS VPNs from the same console.
IPSec VPNs create encrypted and authenticated IP tunnels from site
to site across an IP network.
Multi-network VPN Management -Large service
providers often have several geographically disparate networks,
each of which normally has their own separate, autonomous routing
area. Using the multi-network VPN management capability, all of
these autonomous systems can be managed from a single point to deliver
end-to-end services. This means that the service provider is able
to offer large multinational enterprise customers a cross-border
service offering but with a consistent service level, and a single
reporting and billing centre.
Customer Web Interface and Java Toolkit
These features enable service providers to offer their
customers self-provisioning web interfaces, to allow their enterprise
customers to order, view and amend a range of services sold to them
without manual intervention by the provider. The interface can be
optimised for web self-management or centralised workflow provisioning,
for example, call centre usage.
The interface can be easily re-branded by the service
provider for additional marketing impact, to be sold as proprietary
tool. The interface works in concert with the operator profile feature,
so that the service provider can delimit the service settings that
their customer is able to alter, so network and service integrity
The toolkit also provides the ability to create interfaces
that link with other OSS platforms, so that data from billing, fault
or performance measurement software can also be shown together.
Enhanced, flexible multi-vendor support
In 3.1, there are three changes to the product to deliver
a broader range of device control functions: New Device Drivers
-NeuTrans 3.1 supports a driver for Cisco Layer 2 devices running
CatOS in addition to existing drivers.
Enhancements to existing Device Drivers -Significant
enhancements are available in the drivers for Cisco IOS, Juniper,
Riverstone and Unisphere to deliver the new Layer 2 and 3 MPLS,
VLAN and IPSec management functionality described above.
Custom management components -- Customers are increasingly
demanding a single control platform that automates all aspects of
network configuration -- either for administrative tasks or for
service activation. NeuTrans 3.1 addresses this requirement by allowing
customized management components to be created to manage specific
network device features through the NeuTrans platform. In effect,
this means that Asce Networks can add automated support for new
features and devices more quickly than before, and customers benefit
through not having to deploy multiple management systems to control
SLA Management for VPNs
When Asce Networks is being used to manage VPNs, the
new realease can configure the network so that the appropriate SLA
tests are switched on between specific sites on the VPNs. NeuTrans
can automatically share this information with InfoVista so that
it can report on the performance of the services. The reports that
are generated appear as part of the Asce Networks User Interface
Pricing and availability
NeuTrans 3.1 will be available to customers from Q1,
2002. The product is configured in a modular fashion, and pricing
of the product is dependent on the modules purchased.
About Asce Networks, Inc.
Asce Networks, Inc. is a worldwide leader
in providing mission-critical e-Business infrastructures with international
headquarters in GAITHERSBURG, MD. Asce Networks delivers the next
generation hardware and software to scale the performance and availability
of mission-critical e-Business infrastructures. For more information
about Asce Networks and its products and services, please visit
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