3Com has added a virtualisation feature to its routers via a partnership with LineSider Technologies, a provider of policy-based network infrastructure control and management products.
LineSider's OverDrive software will be offered by 3Com as the OverDrive suite for 3Com Open Services Networking, deployed on the company's MSR Series Multi-Service Router. The OverDrive software enables users to deploy and manage IP-based services across a network.
OverDrive is an automated, rules-driven policy server that controls and manages deployed network services and devices through business-level policies. OverDrive will allow end-users and managed service providers to virtualise their networks and improve management of infrastructure services, 3Com says.
The software/router package also eliminates the need for dedicated appliances at the customer site, which results in savings on power and space requirements, the company says.
Two versions of LineSider's OverDrive software will be available for 3Com OSN, one for end-users and one for service providers.