Lucent shakes up optical network business
Lucent Technologies last week instituted a shake-up of its optical network business for carrier networks. Lucent says group president Harry Bosco, a Bell Labs veteran with 35 years at Lucent and AT&T is retiring. Jeong Kim, former head of 1998 Lucent acquisition Yurie Systems, takes over as president of Optical Networking, but the group will now be responsible only for long-haul optical build-outs. Lucent's key set of metropolitan optical gear, which provides interfaces from customer sites directly onto local carriers' optical rings, is being separated and integrated with the Lucent division that houses the access concentrators and ATM switches from its acquisition of Ascend Communications last year. Lucent has lagged Nortel Networks and Cisco Systems in shipping 10Gbps optical equipment.
LAN Systems adds bandwidth management tool to its stable
Networking distributor LAN Systems has signed up with a US-based networking software developer to distribute a new bandwidth management software tool.
After recently establishing offices in Australia, Sitara Networks has stitched up an exclusive distribution agreement with LAN Systems to distribute its quality of service appliance QoSWORKS.
Sitara claims QoSWORKS enables e-business applications to share bandwidth with other applications through priority management of Internet traffic. The product is designed to let organisations deploy Internet-based applications without strangling core business applications or having to scale infrastructure.
"With Sitara Networks on board, our resellers have an additional high-quality application to offer their customers, which will help our resellers compete in the marketplace," claims Nick Verykios, general manager of LAN Systems.
Perle riles competition
Networking vendor Perle Systems has thrown down the gauntlet to rival vendor Digi, making no secret of its intention to become "world's leading serial communications manufacturer".
Perle's Australasian manager Paul Kern, has condemned Digi's recent moves to streamline its channel operations through Tech Pacific and select resellers [see ARN 30/08/00 page 10].
"We are not in the business of reducing our resellers' ability to use the best products available. In fact, we want to assure any reseller who finds it too difficult, or expensive, to deal with our competitors that they will get a warm reception at Perle," he said.