ADTRAN Launches ActivChassis Technology to Provide a Geographically Flexible, High-Bandwidth Switching Solution

Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:30am EST

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ActivChassis enables businesses to achieve greater efficiency and flexibility in
delivering bandwidth-intensive applications
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(Business Wire)--
ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of cloud connectivity, virtual
mobility and enterprise communications solutions, today announced ActivChassis
stacking technology for its NetVanta 1600 series of Gigabit Ethernet switches
that enables businesses to achieve greater efficiency and flexibility in
delivering bandwidth-intensive applications. ActivChassis is a software feature
that allows network administrators to interconnect multiple switches and view
the stack as a single, logical chassis-like system, with control and management
consolidated to a single viewpoint. In order to ensure constant infrastructure
uptime and deliver control efficiency in the network, ActivChassis provides
backplane switching capacity up to 128 Gbps, the ability to interconnect
switches scattered across a campus environment and specialized features for
network high-availability. 

"The demand for constructing highly resilient, high-performance networks that
are simple to manage is ever increasing," said Alex Morrow, President of
AbovePoint Technologies in Dallas, TX. "ActivChassis provides this benefit for
our customers while simultaneously allowing them to incrementally grow their
network as their business grows. This flexibility coupled with ADTRAN`s
industry-leading support and warranty enables us to deliver solutions for our
customers that are second to none." 

ActivChassis enables up to eight switches to be interconnected and actively
managed as a single, intelligent system, allowing users to control up to 400
switch ports across distances up to 10,000 meters. ActivChassis allows network
administrators to log into the stack, view all available switch ports, make
changes, and have all switches in the stack share a single configuration file
and IP address. 

"Our SME customers face a number of issues as they are looking to enhance their
wired infrastructure - the need to maintain multiple switch configurations; the
need for manpower overhead to administer switches spread across different wiring
closets; and the need to improve network resiliency, as their businesses depend
on it," said Todd Lattanzi, director of product management for ADTRAN`s
Enterprise Networks Division. "In our continued commitment to providing valuable
solutions, ActivChassis enables businesses of all sizes-from small and medium
enterprises to large campus environments-to cost-effectively grow their network
to accommodate bandwidth-hungry services and devices, simplify network
administration and enhance network redundancy." 

The modular design of the NetVanta 1600 series Gigabit Ethernet switches allows
for a variety of flexible ActivChassis stacking architectures no matter the
customer environment. For example, backplane throughput speeds up to 128 Gbps
can be achieved when used with the NetVanta 1600 Dual Stacking Module for
high-speed connectivity. This configuration provides ample bandwidth for even
the most demanding business applications such as enterprise-wide wireless,
converged voice and data, private Cloud, high-availability network servers and
more. In addition, the NetVanta 1600 Dual SFP+ Module allows ActivChassis
configurations that span multiple wiring closets and even across entire campus
deployments. When configured in a ring topology, all uplinks ports are fully
utilized resulting in no single point of failure in the network. In the unlikely
event one switch goes down, all other switches in the stack remain connected and
active for maximum network resiliency. 

ActivChassis technology will be available as a software upgrade for the NetVanta
1638 and the NetVanta 1638P Gigabit Ethernet switches beginning January 2013. 


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications
equipment. ADTRAN`s products enable voice, data, video and Internet
communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are
currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government
organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information,
please visit

Connect2 Communications for ADTRAN
Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112

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