ADTRAN Touts Network Management Tools, Operating System Enhancements, and New PoE Switch-Routers at Networld+Interop
New Productivity Tools, ADTRAN OS Enhancements, and PoE Platforms Bring Added Benefits to Internetworking Customers
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(May 3, 2005)–ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of network access equipment, today announced a new network productivity suite, n-Command and a new ADTRAN Operating System (AOS) for NetVanta products, version 9.1. In addition, the company also unveiled its newest switch-router products, the NetVanta 1224R PoE and NetVanta 1224STR PoE, adding PoE capability to the industry’s first integrated switch-router platforms.
n-Command is an intuitive scalable software suite that delivers productivity enhancing tools for controlling and managing AOS-based equipment. Version 2.1 delivers several new features including an Access Control List (ACL) Manager, Firmware Manager, and improved asset management.
The ACL Manager is an add-on to the Enterprise Edition of n-Command. It saves IT managers enormous amounts of time and energy by providing the ability to edit, append, or delete ACL templates globally throughout the network, thus eliminating tedious device-by-device ACL changes. It streamlines the management of ACLs used in packet selection for Firewall and QoS Policies, and Static Filters.
n-Command Version 2.1 also provides the new Firmware Manager, which comes standard with the Enterprise Edition of n-Command and offers an enhanced, easy to use graphical interface for simplifying the process of efficiently updating firmware in individual units or groups of devices. To eliminate unnecessary network downtime, this module also allows IT managers to “schedule” a reboot of the remote devices at a pre-selected time.
Version 2.1 also enhances asset management by providing the ability to export a hardware inventory report in Microsoft Excel format. n-Command pulls device type, serial number, and firmware version for each remote device and tabulates it into a format that is easy to read and understand.
“The addition of n-Command to support our NetVanta product family shows ADTRAN’s commitment to continued improvement of our product line,” said Tim Saunders, vice president of product management, ADTRAN Enterprise Networks Division. “This tool suite makes NetVanta networks even easier to use and administer and allows our products to bring added advantages to our customers, making ADTRAN internetworking products an even greater value in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”
In addition to n-Command, ADTRAN showcased the newest additions to the NetVanta 1000 Series of switches and switch-routers, the NetVanta 1224R PoE and NetVanta 1224STR PoE. These are the industry’s first all-in-one integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch-routers, combining a 24-port managed Ethernet switch, a full-featured IP access router (with a modular WAN interface), a stateful inspection firewall, and optional VPN and dial backup capabilities. Designed for businesses of all sizes needing converged WAN/LAN, branch office, or multi-site connectivity, these products provide a lower-cost future-proof switching solution that eliminates the need for external power sources to accommodate applications such as VoIP and provide power to LAN-powered devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, and security cameras among others. These products provide full power for all 24 ports up to 15.4 watts per port (the maximum power allowed), up to 370 watts.
These devices, along with NetVanta 3000, 4000, and 5000 Series routers will benefit from several new additions in the latest release of the AOS, v9.1. Enhancements include: support for Multilink Frame Relay, which provides a cost-effective way to increase bandwidth for particular applications by enabling multiple WAN links to be aggregated into a single bundle of bandwidth; support for HDLC Encapsulation, ensuring greater interoperability between ADTRAN and third party devices; the addition of GRE, allowing for the encapsulation of an arbitrary network layer protocol over another arbitrary network layer protocol; and Enhanced DHCP Options Support, which allows for auto configuration of IP phones.
n-Command is available in two versions: NetVanta Internetworking Essentials (for networks with 15 or fewer NetVanta devices) and n-Command Enterprise Edition (for larger networks). NetVanta Internetworking Essentials is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the ADTRAN web site at www.adtran.com/n-command. n-Command Enterprise Edition carries a retail price of $995 (list). The n-Command ACL Manager Module has a list price of $1,495 and will be available along with n-Command Version 2.1 in May 2005. Current n-Command customers, with an active maintenance agreement can upgrade to Version 2.1 free of charge via the ADTRAN web site. The NetVanta 1224R PoE and 1224STR PoE are both currently shipping, and have list prices of $2,195 and $2,295, respectively. For VPN capability, the Enhanced Feature Pack can be purchased for $495 (List).
ADTRAN, Inc. is one of the world’s most successful network access equipment suppliers, with a 17-year history of profitability and a portfolio of more than 1,300 solutions for use in the last mile of today’s telecommunications networks. Widely deployed by carriers and enterprises alike, ADTRAN solutions enable voice, data, video, and Internet communications across copper, fiber, and wireless network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by every major domestic service provider and many international ones, as well as by thousands of public, private and governmental organizations worldwide.
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