This paper summarizes that SONET Linear Automatic Protection Switching (APS) is a new feature, enabled in hardware/software, that is available on the BPX 8600 series wide-area switches. APS offers superior redundancy for SONET equipment and provides a means to guard against card failures and fiber cuts. Implementation of APS on the BPX® 8600 series switches enhances the unmatched reliability and availability of this carrier-class switch, and is available today.
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