Riverstone revs up router

Riverstone Networks Inc. this week topped off the high end of its metro Ethernet router line with a 10G bit/sec device designed to converge services at the edge.

The Riverstone 15008 Ethernet Edge Router, the first member of the Riverstone 15000 series, features an IP/MPLS control plane, multiple interface types, and the ability to converge traffic over MPLS. It employs a distributed and modular operating system architecture to enhance reliability by allowing the router to detect and restart errant protocols without affecting the rest of the system.

The Riverstone 15008 hardware has redundant control modules and switch fabrics, as well as support for MPLS Fast Reroute and Service loop detection and prevention for further reliability. ASIC-based forwarding provides quality of service, tunneling support, and line-rate 10G bit/sec IPv4 and IPv6 forwarding, Riverstone claims.

Citing Yankee Group estimates, Riverstone says that global carrier revenues from Ethernet services will nearly triple over the next three years, from US$2.4 billion in 2004 to more than $7 billion by 2007.

The Riverstone 15008 is currently in trials and is expected to be commercially available in the fall.

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