"Networks grow organically," says Scott Clavenna, president of PointEast Research and director of research at Light Reading. "Every switch needs to keep current as changes are made." He notes that in proprietary configuration and provisioning products, such as SILVX from Sycamore Networks, regular autodiscovery checks ensure all switches are up to datee about the network.
Another issue the Boca offering raises is how its gear will work with other signaling techniques. There already are a number of efforts under way to create signaling for provisioning and restoral in multivendor optical nets. These include the generalized Multi-protocol Label Switching effort being tackled by the Internet Engineering Task Force, as well as the work of the Optical Domain Service Interconnect Coalition and the Optical Internetworking Forum.
For its part, Boca says it will be able to work with these protocols, which primarily function at the network edge, enabling routers to direct changes to optical switches -- the core domain Boca is seeking to manage. "We'd work with these protocols to reserve and restore links in the optical core," says Boca CEO Michael McLaughlin, who is a former vice president of the North American optical networks division at Siemens AG.
In addition to McLaughlin, the founding management team includes CTO Jose H. Sabat, formerly with Siemens; Vice President of Product Management Thomas E. Hall, who held similar posts at Hitachi and Nortel Networks; and Vice President of Product Development Xiangbo Feng, who also worked at Hitachi. The company has a total of about 12 employees, who are almost all engineers.
Boca has received $3 million in financing from Alliance Technology Ventures and VantagePoint Venture Partners.