RADís Service Assured Networking Solution with Traffic Duplication Boosts Resiliency, Reduces Latency
Mahwah, NJ, October 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- RAD, the global vendor of communications solutions for the power utility industry, will introduce at European Utility Week in Amsterdam its Service Assured Networking solution with Traffic Duplication, a newly developed technology that transports mission-critical and other traffic simultaneously over two networks: SDH/SONET and carrier-grade Ethernet.
“One of the major advantages of RAD’s Service Assured Networking solution with the new Traffic Duplication technology is its ability to use existing networks to implement added resiliency,” said Mati Epstein, Line of Business Head for Utilities at RAD. “Traffic Duplication does not require a custom-built overlay, but can leverage an existing infrastructure.
“In essence, this means that the added reliability comes at a modest CapEx investment, since the RAD solution utilizes available operational networks and facilities, making the improvement relatively cost-free.”
“As utilities continue to migrate their networks to IP and Ethernet, it is a top priority to maintain reliable and secure traffic,” commented Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst with Ovum. "RAD’s Traffic Duplication approach is an excellent example of understanding the need to protect data traffic while meeting utilities’ cost parameters.”
Traffic Duplication is one of many advanced capabilities incorporated into RAD’s Service Assured Networking solution, which offers reliable, secure, scalable, managed, and performance-guaranteed operations for core operational networks, secure multiservice substation communications, Teleprotection communications, distribution automation and smart metering backhaul. These capabilities also include service provisioning, traffic management, timing synchronization, TDM, ongoing performance monitoring, fault management, and various resiliency mechanisms.
A fringe benefit of employing Traffic Duplication is that it permits a controlled transition to a packet-based operational core. “This is particularly welcome news for power utilities now preparing for a full service migration to packet switched networks, since the same RAD equipment can be used to transport all substation communications services, including automation and Teleprotection signals as well as voice and data, with unmatched flexibility over SDH/SONET and PSNs,” Epstein added.
With this approach, the packet network can originally be used solely as a redundant mode of transport, while over time, and as confidence increases, it can become the primary operational network.
“Traffic Duplication can also significantly reduce latency,” Epstein concluded. “The physics of packet network technology actually provide significantly shorter network delay than with SDH/SONET, improving the performance of mission critical applications such as Teleprotection.”
RAD’s utility customers include AES, Endesa, Enel, Eskom, Hydro Quebec, IEC, Kepco, Meralco, E-on, Elia, Nampower, National Grid USA, Novosibirsk Energo, Powercor, and Terna Italia.
European Utility Week is October 15-17.
RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers, as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD’s multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 service providers around the world, as well as scores of power utilities, transportation systems and government institutions. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the Broadband Forum, IETF, ITU, MEF, and NFV ISG. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/RADdatacomms