IP Infusion Rolls Out ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite 5.5

8/7/2003 - IP Infusion, a leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, announced the availability of ZebOS® Advanced Routing Suite (ARS) version 5.5. ZebOS ARS now includes Layer 2 switching protocols and an interface mapper solution that enables communication between IP Infusion’s Network Processor API (NPapi) and the Intel® CP-PDK software toolkit.

The ZebOS ARS Layer 2 Protocol Modules are a set of Ethernet bridging, Spanning Tree, and VLAN software packages that provide advanced Layer 2 functionality for vendors building routing and switching equipment. The ZebOS Layer 2 Protocol Modules leverage the command line interface and the kernel management of the ZebOS Network Services Module (NSM). Because of their seamless integration with the Linux operating system and other ZebOS ARS protocols, the ZebOS Layer 2 Protocol Modules offer the ideal Layer 2 framework for both new and existing IP Infusion customers.

ZebOS ARS 5.5 includes API software that maps IP Infusion’s NPapi control plane to the Intel Control Plane Platform Development Kit (CP-PDK). The Layer 2 protocol NPapi supports route table creation, call back functions, and adding and deleting table entries for IPv4 and IPv6. Using the NPapi, hardware manufacturers can easily develop a communication interface between their network processors or ASICs and the ZebOS Layer 2 Protocol Modules.

“Our ZebOS ARS 5.5 release not only broadens our Layer 2 switching support but also provides a full network processor toolkit, allowing hardware vendors to quickly integrate our Layer 2 protocols with their network processors or ASICs,” said Nick Keating, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “By working closely with Intel, we have also developed an NPapi that interfaces to the Intel IXP family of network processors. With ZebOS ARS 5.5, IP Infusion provides a broad set of Layer 2 and Layer 3 products that are portable to a wide array of operating systems and network processors.”

“By adding Layer 2 protocols to their current Layer 3 offering, IP Infusion is well on the way to meeting their goal of becoming the most comprehensive networking software vendor in the industry,” added John G. Metz, Principal Analyst, Metz International Ltd.

About ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite Version 5.5 Features

802.1d Spanning Tree Support
The Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP), included in the ZebOS Layer 2 Core Module, enables devices to avoid bridge loops by exchanging BPDU (bridge protocol data unit) messages. The Spanning Tree Algorithm calculates the best path and prevents multiple paths between network segments.

802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree
In addition to Spanning Tree, the ZebOS Layer 2 Core Module supports Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) which accelerates the reconfiguration and restoration of a Spanning Tree after a link failure.

802.1p, Q VLANs
The ZebOS Layer 2 Core Module provides 802.1Q Virtual LAN (VLAN) bridging. VLAN bridging allows network devices to be segmented into virtual LANs regardless of their physical location. The ZebOS Layer 2 Core Module also includes 802.1p priority signaling for prioritization of traffic at the data-link layer.

802.1x Port Authentication
The ZebOS Layer 2 802.1x Module provides secure, port-based network access control for LAN devices. The IEEE 802.1x standard offers centralized control of user authentication and access.

Network Processor Application Program Interface (NPapi)
The ZebOS Layer 2 Protocols include an NPapi with interface definitions. Using the NPapi, hardware manufacturers can easily develop a communication interface between their network processors or ASICs and the ZebOS Layer 2 Protocols.

ZebOS ARS version 5.5 is available immediately for delivery. For further details, please visit our web site at www.ipinfusion.com, send an email to info@ipinfusion.com, or call 408.794.1500

About IP Infusion's ZebOS Routing Suites
IP Infusion designs, develops, and markets its ZebOS family of advanced IP routing suites, which are based on a unique, modular, multi-process architecture featuring control-plane components that provide route redistribution and conversion, management services, and an OS/processor abstraction layer for routing and switching modules. This high-performance routing software features IPv4/IPv6 versions of OSPF, BGP, RIP, and IS-IS routing protocols; MPLS, BGP-VPN, VPLS, RSVP-TE, DiffServ, and CR-LDP switching and signaling protocols; Mobile IP, routing redundancy, multicast, virtual routing, Layer 2 VPN (draft Martini), TCP/IP dual stack, and Layer 2 bridging support. ZebOS software suites can be delivered as portable, platform-independent source code or server solutions.

About IP Infusion
IP Infusion is a leading provider of intelligent networking software for enhanced IP services. The company's software includes core routing and switching technology that enables equipment vendors, service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises to rapidly build and provision a broad range of standards-based and value-added IP services. Founded in1999, IP Infusion has employees in San Jose, California; Cary, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; and Europe. The company has a growing global customer base in the wired and wireless networking markets and has alliances with industry leading network processor (NPU) suppliers. IP Infusion is a member of the Network Processing Forum, IPv6 Forum, Service Creation Community, Intel® Communications Alliance, OPSEC Alliance, and an active participant in the IETF. For more information about the company and its products call (408) 794-1500 or visit www.ipinfusion.com.

ZebOS is a registered trademark and IP Infusion and the ipinfusion logo are trademarks of IP Infusion Inc.

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