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Nortel Networks Access Stack Node, Backbone Link Node, and Backbone Concentrator Node

Published: 04 January 2001

ID: G0090267

Analyst(s): Patrick A. Worms


The Nortel Network Backbone Node Family product line is comprised of the Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN) and the Backbone Link Node (BLN). The Backbone Concentrator Node supports up to 104 network interfaces and delivers aggregate system forwarding performance of up to 5 million packets per second (pps). The Backbone Link node supports up to 32 network interfaces and delivers aggregate system forwarding performance of up to 1.5 million pps. The Nortel Networks Access Stack Node (ASN) product supports up to 48 network interfaces and delivers aggregate system forwarding performance of up to 200,000 pps. The ASN, BLN, and BCN routers work in conjunction with Nortel Network's hubs, switches, remote access devices, and network management products to compose an end-to-end solution in providing a switched internetworking solution.

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
  • Analysis
    • Access Stack Node (ASN)
    • Backbone Link Node (BLN)/Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN)
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
  • Strengths
    • Symmetric Multiprocessor Architecture
    • High Level of Reliability and Fault Tolerance
    • Modular Architecture
    • Comprehensive Internetworking
  • Limitations
    • Only English Language Supported
    • Lack of Video and Voice Support
  • Insight

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