When and where to manage?(Company Business and Marketing)

AccessLan and Copper Mountain preach the benefits of providing network intelligence at the edge of decentralized networks to ease management issues such as IP addressing, traffic flow routing and the addition of service features and enhancements such as virtual LANs and security.

"The huge value add about the Copper Mountain box is all the IP intelligence is in the DSLAM, not the CPE," says Jeff Fisher, director of business development for building local exchange carrier Wired Business. "Otherwise, [by] serving 100 buildings, we could have 500 to 1000 DSL routers to manage."

According to analysts, however, most MXU providers are not yet focusing on management issues. …

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