IPC Information Systems provides industry-leading managed connectivity solutions to financial
institutions globally. Its comprehensive network services are specifically designed for the exacting
demands of capital market participants, and connects over 200,000 traders worldwide, reaching
virtually every trading destination around the globe.
To deliver fully resilient voice services, connecting financial traders and brokers with their clients
and counterparties, IPC required a technology platform that would enable resilient TDM services over
its Ethernet-based wide area network. More significantly, IPC was seeking a technology supplier
with which it could develop a close, co-operative relationship; one based on true collaboration and a
commitment to deliver the highest levels of performance.
IPC’s clients expect high availability and network stability for the voice services delivered to their users. To achieve this, IPC needed a product that would enable highly-reliable, accurately-clocked TDM services over its Ethernet, IP and Fibre links. Additionally, IPC’s Network Services team required a solution that offered straightforward deployment and implementation, comprehensive remote management and traffic monitoring & shaping capabilities.
IPC undertook a formal evaluation process of several products, comprising initially of evaluation within a lab environment. The PacketBand TDM product successfully met all evaluation criteria, and entered the second stage, consisting of beta trials within IPC’s network.
On completing the evaluation, IPC selected the PacketBand TDM-TDM-32 and TDM-4 platforms for
several reasons, including stability, system performance, fail-over capability and remote management features. IPC experienced no errors or failures with the PacketBand equipment during the exhaustive testing phase.
The PacketBand system enables IPC to support traditional E1/T1/V.11/V.35 TDM applications using lower cost Ethernet, IP and Fibre networks. These cost savings over traditional leased lines mean IPC can deliver essential voice services in a highly competitive market.
Operationally, IPC will benefit from rapid deployment and seamless integration of PacketBand into its existing networks and TDM infrastructure, whilst a centrally managed platform incorporates advanced statistics and alarms for service level/circuit monitoring. Customer bandwidth can be monitored and shaped enabling IPC to tailor its service delivery to individual customer requirements.
To maximise availability, Transition Networks’ products help IPC benefit from and very fast fail-over
recovery in the event of an Ethernet connection being lost. These features and capabilities are critical
to IPC’s Network Services team, as they underpin IPC’s ability to deliver industry leading customer
service and support.
“We have judged the product selection
across cost, performance and security
as well as the relationship with Transition
Networks themselves. The PacketBand
product and business approach from
Transition Networks has been extremely
pleasing. Working in the financial sector
we need reliable, secure products as
well as strong and integrated vendor
partnerships. Transition Networks and
their PacketBand product series offer IPC
everything we need to deliver upon our
customer service solutions.”
- Richard Petrie, IPC’s Vice President of Network Operations, EMEA
IPC and Transition Networks will continue to develop their relationship by bringing new problemsolving ideas and solutions to the IPC business. IPC is looking to expand its use of the PacketBand TDM product beyond EMEA to meet its customers’ requirements globally. The product is currently being evaluated for deployment in IPC’s Asia and North America regions.
Multi-standard TDM pseudowire support: CESoPSN, SATOP, TDM over IP
Clear- channel and channelized
External clock sources
Highly accurate and stable clock recovery
G.823 Synchronization levels
Various clocking options for different network types and clock recovery requirements
“Inter-works” with other PacketBand TDM family members
Options for dual load-sharing, hot swappable AC/DC power supplies
All interfaces on front of chassis for easy access
Support for Jumbo Packets up to 10,240 bytes on Ethernet ports
TDM packets can be assigned IP Diffserv (DSCP) or ToS and 802.1p CoS values
Supports full 802.1q tagging and associated 802.1p CoS prioritization levels
All egress packets, including TDM links, can be prioritized across four output queues
802.1Q VLAN including Q-in-Q
Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
Remote management with DbManager
IPC offers high- and low-touch trading communications solutions to the global financial trading community including the top investment banks, hedge funds and investment managers in
established and emerging markets. With a 100-percent focus on this sector and nearly 40 years of expertise and an unrivaled record of innovation, IPC provides customers with unified solutions that support collaborative voice trading and real-time electronic trading and market data connectivity.
IPC’s offerings include the first unified communications/application platform, award-winning hard and
soft turrets, electronic connectivity services including enhanced voice services, business continuity
solutions, and follow-the-sun service and support. IPC’s global reach extends to nearly 60 countries
– including a financial extranet of 4,000 on-net locations in over 700 cities and more than 115,000
turrets deployed worldwide.
Headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, IPC has approximately 1,000 employees located throughout
the Americas and the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. For more information, visit www.ipc.com
About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform
more efficiently, more quickly and more reliably, while helping companies leverage their existing
Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types
possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without
affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete portfolio of multilayer
switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing
the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Transition Networks’ portfolio of
Power over Ethernet (PoE) media converters and switches provide power and data at the furthest
points of an Ethernet network, including in harsh outdoor environments.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity
solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in over 50 countries. Transition Networks is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQGM:
JCS). For more information, please visit www.transition.com