Oculan Corp. last month shipped its Oculan 250 management appliance for managing and securing network devices, servers and desktops. The offering connects to a server or a switch and either actively retrieves performance information from network and security devices or passively watches traffic through the mirror port on a switch. The appliance can run with pre-defined rules for management performance thresholds, and network administrators can configure the appliance to look for specific performance patterns on their network devices. Available now through resellers and directly from Oculan, the Oculan 250 costs about US$10,000.

Cisco enhances

Cisco Systems Inc. in April announced enhancements to its carrier IP/MPLS edge routers designed to make service provider networks more efficient and facilitate the rollout of broadband, wireless, private line and metro Ethernet services. New interfaces on Cisco’s 12000 series routers deliver up to an 80 per cent reduction in power and rack space usage, Cisco claims. The interfaces include a four-port OC-12c/STM-4c ATM IP Services Engine (ISE) line card that Cisco says allows carriers to converge transport of ATM traffic over a 10Gbps IP/MPLS infrastructure. Another is a four-port gigabit Ethernet ISE line card that adds Ethernet aggregation to the 12000 line.

Software the difference: firm

Startup Airespace Inc. last month released wireless switches that aims to simplify the work of running and securing a wireless LAN. The 12- and 24-port devices fit in a wiring closet rack, and support an array of upstream network connections to a wired infrastructure. The software is the key difference from a Layer 2 Ethernet switch, the firm says. The Airespace code creates a centralized security and management framework that can use the access points as radio monitors, and pin security policies to wireless users no matter where they move. Airespace says it will announce a shipment date and pricing for the products around the middle of the year.