12 April 2006, Gallatin, Missouri – WideBand Corporation announced today that it has chosen Interop Las Vegas as the place to launch its new Intelligent Networking system. Interop is the industry’s largest and most respected enterprise IT event, taking place April 20 – May 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The concept of an Intelligent WideBand Network has been under development for several years. The brain of these networks is a hardware device called the nMU, which stands for Network Management Unit. With an nMU installed in an organization’s network, the network manages itself. Hardware failure that would normally cripple or even completely shut down a network is sensed by the nMU, which immediately re-routes the network around the trouble spot without interruption of performance to users.
The Intelligent WideBand Networks are even able to continue to operate when a server storing critical organization data malfunctions. In that case, the nMU automatically switches all traffic over to a mirrored server that contains all of the current data and users continue to operate while the nMU notifies service personnel of the need to repair the defective unit.
Dr. M. Sanchez of the International Academy of Science, one of the organizations that have been performing pre-launch testing on the nMU says, “The nMU completely changes the way our organization can rely on our computer network — this is something that we have needed for a long, long time.”
In addition to the other self maintenance functions, the nMU can also detect faults in the network cabling system. If a bad cable causes even a 1% error rate in data transmissions, the usable bandwidth of the network is reduced by 80%. This is one of the main reasons that networks rarely perform up to the designed performance. The nMU constantly monitors all of the cabling in the network. When a faulty cable is detected, the nMU informs the repair team of exactly which cable needs to be repaired and how many feet down the cable the defect is located. This is a real timesaver.
The nMU also supports a feature called “ESP” which allows it to interface with computer diagnostic equipment and engineers at WideBand Corporation. This feature immediately notifies the factory if an equipment fault occurs. Often, replacement equipment is shipped out and received by the customer before they are even aware that a failure has taken place.
The WideBand Intelligent Network and the nMU will be competing for the annual “Best of Interop Awards”, presented by Network Computing magazine and CMP Media. These prestigious awards are given to the companies that introduce the leading products and technologies at Interop Las Vegas 2006.
“We are pleased that WideBand Corporation has selected Interop Las Vegas as the venue to launch their new Intelligent Networking technology,” said Interop General Manager, Lenny Heymann. “Interop’s 20,000 attendees are looking for new products such as WideBand’s nMU to help them better manage critical networks.”
As part of Interop Las Vegas 2006, WideBand President Dr. Roger Billings will present a technical session, which will cover methods for securing and adding reliability to networks and storage using WideBand Networking and the nMU.
WideBand will offer live product demonstrations and educational presentations throughout the show at their booth, number 2155. The exhibition runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, May 2-4, 2006.
About Interop® – Interop®, now part of the CMP Media family of global brands, has led the revolution and evolution in IP networking for the past twenty years, and is dedicated to promoting and demonstrating the interoperability of the converged network, applications and devices to seamlessly exchange and use information to address the full range of business challenges facing IT organizations today and tomorrow. As the leading destination for technology buyers and sellers, Interop has fostered the growth and evolution of the IT industry for the past two decades, and remains the most anticipated and only comprehensive IT event. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet and InteropLabs programs, Interop® provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. Interop® Las Vegas will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, April 30-May 5, 2006, and Interop® New York 2006 will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, September 18-22, 2006. For more information about these events, visit www.interop.com.
WideBand Corporation is the leading manufacturer of secure high availability solutions based on WideBand Networking. Their products are manufactured in the United States to strict standards of quality assurance. WideBand markets its products to intermediate-sized businesses, the education sector, and to state and federal government. More information on WideBand Corporation and its products is available at www.wband.com.