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Top layer teamwork on high-speed networksNetwork switches vendor Top Layer Networks and Internet Security Systems, a security management software provider, have announced a joint initiative to detect intrusions on high-speed networks. Top Layer's AppSwitches, with Flow Mirroring technology that load balances network traffic flows, are being deployed with Internet Security Systems' RealSecure Network Engines to monitor the traffic, the companies said. Each new traffic flow is routed individually and tied to a RealSecure Network Engine, which can detect intrusions, according to the companies.

Lucent boosts power

Lucent Technologies has boosted the power of its dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) system, raising the number of wavelengths the system can handle from 80 to 320. The new WaveStar OLS 800G is a 320-channel DWDM system with a maximum capacity of 800Gbps. The 800G will be offered as an upgrade to Lucent's WaveStar OLS 400G, an 80-channel DWDM system. Lucent said the WaveStar OLS 800G will be commercially available in the first quarter of Nortel to acquire Architel Nortel Networks has announced plans to acquire Architel Systems, which makes services software for telecommunications providers, in an all-stock deal valued at $US395 million. Nortel said the acquisition will help to grow its Preside portfolio, which includes software that allows applications such as virtual private networking and voice-over digital subscriber line to work with a wide range of network types. Architel's software will become a key component of Preside, and will help service providers to provision and activate new services for individual customers in a matter of minutes instead of the weeks or months it takes in many networks, according to Nortel. www.nortelnetworks.comWireless standardsThe plan announced by Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia to jointly develop an open framework for secure mobile electronic transactions may not only boost the wireless e-commerce market but also increase access providers' clout in the e-commerce space. The three vendors have been developing their own proprietary wireless payment - security platforms with banks and credit card companies. Using emerging and existing standards, including wireless application protocol security functions such as Wireless Transport Layer Security, Wireless Identification Module, and wireless public key infrastructure technologies.

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