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The Real Transport Convergence

April 1, 2004

By Loring Wirbel

Forget all that talk about "triple play" voice, data, and video access in consumer markets, or integrated IP transport in enterprise aggregators.

The real move to unify all communications traffic can be seen in discrete and disparate events occurring in the first quarter of 2004, such as Juniper Networks' ( ) unprecedented $4 billion offer for enterprise security specialist NetScreen, and the widespread popularity of IP-based voice carrier Vonage.

Most analyses of the Juniper offer look at the router company's efforts to bid into security. A few pundits spoke of Juniper's belated efforts to get its name as well-established in enterprise networks as it is within the carrier customer base. But the real story is the unified position that routed IP is playing in all communications realms, and what that says about the size and diversity of the network equipment vendors that will have platforms offering a unified standard from LAN to global WAN.

Some observers say the unification of all services over IP is old news, stemming from the late 1990s when Cisco Systems distributed "ATM Loves IP" buttons and acquired a leading IP phone deskset company. Cisco's explicit aim in 1998 to 1999 wasn't just to have its routers become standard in corporate and carrier accounts, but to drive Voice over IP (VoIP) into enterprise edges in order to displace Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) PBXs and call centers. However, Cisco saw its early efforts foiled in part by the continuing prevalence of TDM architectures within corporate voice and data networks, as well as the death of competitive local exchange carriers in the public service provider space.

What's changing the landscape this year is that corporate IT and service provider planning departments are recognizing the low cost of IP transport, which mitigates the argument for preserving legacy TDM systems. Tom Nolle, president of consulting firm CIMI ( ), says in carrier networks this might mean "softswitch" architectures that mediate between TDM and IP have a shorter life cycle than originally anticipated. If vendors and carriers alike turn to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based clients and push all customers to accept Voip by late in the decade, many enterprises may elect to eliminate all circuit-switched voice networks and create end-to-end routed networks stretching from corporate data centers to long-haul backbones.

If you're in a carrier or distributed enterprise and are thinking of buying media gateway softswitch products, such as those offered by Sonus Networks ( ), SS8 Networks (www.ss8 . com), or even Nortel Networks, it's time to rethink your long-term acquisition strategy.

On the other hand, backbone router companies trying to gain traction against Juniper and Cisco may be too small to extend their architectures from enterprise to global networks. This is why companies such as Procket Networks ( ) and Caspian Networks ( ) are struggling to win trials, and why Avici Systems ( ) is focusing on government accounts. What enterprise IT department would even consider a Procket or Avici?

I could probably count on one hand the players that could potentially dominate end-to-end IP for public and private networks. Cisco may still be ideally positioned to scale routed IP from the small workgroup, where its layer-3 Catalyst switch dominates, to the public core, where it still needs to scale its largest routers more effectively.

Juniper, which has some great edge-routing products from its Unisphere acquisition, can now offer secure VPNs via NetScreen and is rumored to be looking at big Ethernet switch players as acquisition targets. Nortel has a decent router presence via Bay Networks and Shasta Networks ( ), though the company may want to partner up with an edge-router specialist as well. Alcatel and Lucent Technologies must still prove they can augment optical transport and Class-5 switching with good routing. These five may constitute the only players on the shortlist.

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