Laurel Networks Inc. has unveiled software for its edge router that enables users to deploy the device as a broadband service delivery system. The company’s Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS) software for its ST200 router will pit Laurel against entrenched broadband aggregation router vendors such as Redback Networks Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc., which acquired Redback competitor Unisphere Networks Inc. a year ago.

Though Laurel is a late entrant to this market, analysts say there is demand for a high-performance BRAS system such as the one Laurel is proposing. “They already had all the ports; they already had all of the hardware,” says Dave Passmore of the Burton Group. The BRAS software features a capability Laurel calls Service Separation and Blending (SSB). SSB delivers high bandwidth-per-subscriber, advanced quality-of-service controls and integrated routing and switching required for multimedia broadband service.

Speedera unveils access control for CDN content

Content delivery network provider Speedera Networks Inc. recently unveiled its latest security service: a tool that enables Web site administrators to control who can manipulate content on the network.

The service, called SpeedEye Access Manager, is designed for organizations with complex Web site administration needs, the company says. The security services are available through SpeedEye, Speedera’s monitoring and management user interface. Site administrators can set up and modify user access rights through SpeedEye without requiring help from Speedera. Access rights can be defined in a variety of ways, such as by location or business unit. Administrators can grant a user access to reports on streaming media, for instance, while another could upload content and also see reports on wider Web site activity.

Visual Networks introduces Uptime 7.2

Visual Networks Inc. has introduced new probe software that gathers more information about the performance of IP networks for carriers and enterprises interested in making sure service-level agreements are met.

Called Visual Uptime 7.2, the new software revision can track the performance of up to eight classes of service on IP paths between any two points served by a Visual probe, known as an analysis service element (ASE). It can track up to 10 different applications at a time on each class of service. Customers or service providers place ASEs between LAN routers and a public IP network to monitor traffic. ASEs gather traffic data passively, and if an ASE fails, passes traffic through as if it were part of the network wiring. Real time reports of performance can be used to troubleshoot problems as well as verify SLAs, the company says.

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