AGIS Boosts IP Network Performance and Reliability with Nortel Networks Versalar Switch Routers and Preside Portfolio
Transforms ``Old World'' Router Network Into High-Performance Vehicle for Next-Generation Service Delivery BOSTON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) today announces that AGIS, a global Tier-1, facilities-based Internet access and data service provider, has begun deployment of 36 Nortel Networks' Versalar Switch Routers and the Preside service-enabling software portfolio -- transforming its IP network from a best-effort network based on ``Old World'' routers to a revenue-generating, high-performance network with the reliability of a traditional telephony network. ``In order for AGIS to deliver new, value-added Internet services, and meet growing bandwidth demands, we need a solution designed to deliver the scalability, reliability and economics that -- until today -- were unattainable in IP networks,'' said Gary Disher, Chief Technology Officer of AGIS. ``After extensive testing, we selected Nortel Networks Versalar Switch Routers. With hardware, software and supporting services designed specifically for the service provider business environment, Nortel Networks allows us to reduce networking cost while improving the reliability and capability of the network.'' The Versalar Switch Routers will replace AGIS' current multi-tier routing architecture, built on ``Old World'' routing technology, with a state-of-the-art edge and core networking solution. The new solution will require fewer network devices, reduce networking costs and management complexity, and increase higher network reliability. ``The Versalar Switch Routers play an important role in Nortel Networks Optical Internet strategy which enables our customers to build a better Internet -- a high-performance Internet that is more profitable, reliable and secure than ever before,'' said Ilan Carmi, vice president and general manager, IP Infrastructure, Nortel Networks. ``We are very pleased that AGIS shares our network vision and that, together, we can build a world-class IP network built for the delivery of exciting, new Internet services.'' Leading-edge Solution Unlike ``Old World'' routers, the Versalar Switch Router 15000 and 25000 are designed from the ground up to meet service provider requirements and to render the service providers' IP networks more profitable. Positioned at the edge of the network, the Versalar Switch Router 15000 is optimized to support, at line speed, advanced mission critical services, including Quality of Service, Class of Service, policy management, and usage based accounting. Together with Nortel Networks' Preside service-enabling software, AGIS will have the tools and real-time information necessary to easily create, deliver, manage and bill for new, value-added Internet services. The Versalar Switch Router 15000 is available today. The Versalar Switch Router 25000 is designed for core applications, providing up to 480 Gbit/s of throughput. In the future, in conjunction with Nortel Networks' OPTera Packet Solution, the Versalar Switch Router 25000 will handle speeds up to 19.2 terabits per second and ultimately support hundreds of terabits per second. A key component of Nortel Networks' breakthrough OPTera Packet Solution, the Versalar Switch Router 25000 is scheduled to be generally available in the first quarter of this year. About AGIS AGIS is a leading provider of high-speed, high-capacity Internet communications for business. Its state-of-the-art network has been designed to support OC-48 speeds and currently supports OC-3 nationwide. AGIS provides a full suite of ATM, SONET, Frame Relay, Virtual Private networking, dial-up and dedicated Internet access services to millions of users through its extensive customer base of carriers, LECs, CLECs, ISPs, content providers, and major corporations. Customers can connect to the AGIS network throughout the United States and in more than 45 countries around the globe. Additional information about AGIS is available at http://www.agis.net. About Nortel Networks Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and wireline solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1998 revenues of US$17.6 billion and serves carrier, service providers and enterprise customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality of networking and the Internet through Unified Networks that promise a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce. Visit us at http://www.nortelnetworks.com. -30- For further information: Ann Fuller, Nortel Networks, (613) 768-4512, firstname.lastname@example.org; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702, email@example.com; Archived images on this organization are available through CNW E-Pix at www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian Press.
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