Wednesday, March 1, 2006

N.E.T.'s 10G Multiservice Platform Enters Federal Lab Trials

Network Equipment Technologies' new 10 Gbps multiservice aggregation and switching platform has entered Federal government lab trials. The "NX5010ae " platform has been jointly developed by N.E.T. and Bay Microsystems as a secure, high speed, multiservice networking and LAN/SAN virtualization system.

The NX5010ae utilizes Bay Microsystems' Biscayne and Montego programmable packet processors to enable line-rate multiservice protocol conversion and transport with hard QoS (Quality of Service) management capabilities. Key design criteria include:

  • enables flexible migration to secure IP/MPLS and IPv6 with full range of services for legacy networks

  • enables secure LAN (Ethernet) and SAN (InfiniBand and Fibre Channel) extension and internetworking between disparate networks

  • Enables secure high speed, low latency grid computing internetworking over long distances

  • Provides collapsed-edge aggregation of 10 Gbps and higher, eliminating the need for multi-element, multi-vendor solutions

  • 2 RU compact form factor

  • Scalable to 160 Gbps

The new platform will be shown at next week's Optical Fiber Conference & Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in Anaheim. General availability is scheduled for June.
  • In October 2005, Bay Microsystems and Network Equipment Technologies announced a partnership to develop a new high speed, multiservice platform to switch and aggregate data at full line rates of 10 Gbps and higher. The new platform will address the Federal government's growing need for secure, high performance networks and grid computing applications. Trials are set to begin shortly with key Federal customers. Both companies are long-term suppliers to the federal government.

  • In May 2005, Bay Microsystems was awarded a follow-on contract with the U.S. federal government to provide 40 Gbps technology used in the government's global mission-critical secure broadband network. Bay has been delivering full-line rate 10 Gbps system solutions to the U.S. Government for more than two years and is continuing its Advanced Network Projects for device technology and network element development. This new business is expected to generate several times more revenue than the previous multi-million dollar contract announced in 2004.

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