Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 11:37:46 -0700 From: Michael Furukawa <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Andres Kanter <email@example.com>, Becky Waring <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Subject: Cyclades Solution - Replaceing your Statistic Multiplexers with the Cyclades-PR3000/TS Cyclades Solution – Replacing your Statistical Multiplexers with the PR3000/TS Terminal Server --Cyclades-PR3000/TS Terminal Server and Router Solution-- Contacts: Marcio Saito, Director of Technology Cyclades Corporation 510-770-9727 Michael Furukawa, Marketing Executive Cyclades Marketing Department 510-770-9727 Email: email@example.com Cyclades Corporation Director of Technology released a short paper describing how to replace existing Statistical Multiplexers with the Cyclades-PR3000/TS Terminal Server. In most of the multiplex applications, the utilization of the leased line is extremely inefficient. This happens because most serial communication occurs in “bursts” and the line ends up staying idle most of the time. Another problem is that there is the need to keep two parallel connections between the remote sites: one for the multiplexer traffic and another for the Internet/networking data traffic. This is a tremendous waste of money and time in maintaining the separate communication lines and equipment. The ideal long-term solution for the problem is to change the applications to use TCP/IP client-server architecture and work over the network. This is usually hard to do because these applications are typically too old or too critical to the operation to allow easy migration. A first step in solving the problem can be the consolidation of the serial traffic with the IP traffic so that you don’t need the extra leased line. With the Cyclades-PR3000, this can be done in a way that the application and the serial devices in each side don’t know that the data is being encapsulated in packets being transmitted over the IP network. This way, you can change the communication infrastructure quickly and easily without having to make any change in the application. If the application is later modified to run over the network, the PR3000 continues to fully support the configuration. The PR3000 is a full-featured router for the IP network but can also be equipped with multiple (up to 64 ports per box) RS-232 serial lines to connect to serial devices or to a host system. The PR3000 can be configured to transparently connect serial ports over the network (using TCP socket connections). With the Cyclades-PR3000 solution you get: - Cost savings, there is no more need for expensive statistical multiplexers and leased lines. The investment in the PR3000 is recovered in a few of months. - Management and administration benefits. There is only one box and one network to manage. - Flexibility and efficiency. While statistical multiplexers usually connect serial ports between two fixed sites, the PR3000 can connect any serial port individually to any other site connected to the network. Before the serial traffic is consolidated into the IP network, idle communication lines are eliminated. - The first step towards a client-server implementation. Using the PR3000, you can first replace the hardware and communication infrastructure without changing the application. That gives you more control and security in the migration process. For more information visit our website at: http://www.cyclades.com Pricing and Availability Cyclades-PR3000 cost to Enduser: starting at $2055 (PR3000 + 1 SWAN interface card) Cyclades-PR3000/TS-16 ports cost to Enduser: $2919 Cyclades-PR3000/TS-32 ports cost to Enduser: $3791 Cyclades-PR3000/TS-48 ports cost to Enduser: $4861 Cyclades-PR3000/TS-64 ports cost to Enduser: $5733 Z-Bus (Terminal Server) Interface Card for the Cyclades-PR3000: $241 About Cyclades. With headquarters in Fremont, California, Cyclades Corporation designs, manufactures and markets connectivity products since 1992. The product line includes multiport serial cards, routers, communication adapters, and remote access servers. Cyclades was the first company to announce a PCI Multiport Serial Card in 1995 and a full 32-bit PCI bus master serial card in 1996. We are the leaders in serial connectivity in the Internet market with the Linux Operating System. Cyclades offers the Cyclades-PathRouter and Cyclades-PathRAS, cost-effective router and remote access server for Internet applications. Now, with the Cyclades-PR3000, Cyclades extends its range of products to reach the higher-end corporate market and larger ISP's with an innovative product that provides higher-performance and lower cost than the existing competitors. Contact notes: For Sales questions: firstname.lastname@example.org For Technical questions: email@example.com For Marketing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Note to Editors: <http://www.cyclades.com> The Web site also provides additional information about other products, contact and company background information. Technical information presented is subject to change without notice. Please contact Cyclades Corp. for most up to date information. ©1998 Cyclades is a registered trademark of Cyclades Corporation. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.