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Shasta Networks eyes IP intelligence

The high-end network equipment start-up plans to make its mark on the market by offering providers a mountain of processing power.

Shasta Networks plans to make its mark on the networking market by giving providers a mountain of processing power.

High-end network equipment start-up Shasta hopes to attract telecommunications companies and service providers with a forthcoming combination of hardware and software that can provide a variety of added services, in addition to basic Net access.

The company has devised a way to pack over 100 processors in a single piece of hardware, and run it on an operating system capable of handling Internet protocol-based needs. The technology is aimed to boost the variety of services a provider can offer using IP, the transmission medium of the Net.

Shasta executives believe they have found a lucrative niche that will allow service providers the ability to offer encryption and virtual private links, firewall security, and access control to customers through the company's Subscriber Service System.

The equipment is intended to handle the variety of new high-speed methods businesses and consumers are using to access the Net, such as digital subscriber lines (DSL) and cable.

"Access itself is becoming completely commoditized," said Anthony Alles, co-founder and president of Shasta.

The technology is designed to sit between a provider's IP network and the point at which a subscriber accesses the network, allowing a provider to retain control of customers' links while at the same time retaining a wide array of information about users' needs.

Among the companies testing Shasta's equipment are Concentric Network, the Frontier Ventures arm of Frontier Communications, and Rocky Mountain Internet.

Shasta executives said the Subscriber Service System, or SSS, will ship in the third quarter of this year. The software and hardware combination will be able to handle up to 10,000 subscribers at once, according to the firm.