Thursday, October 26, 2006

NET Readies Multi-service, High-speed Switch for Naval Research Labs

Network Equipment Technologies has received initial advance orders for its NX5010 high-speed switching platform, to be shipped upon general availability of the product, which is expected shortly.

The new NX5010, which was jointly developed by NET and Bay Microsystems, is a compact, scalable, 10 Gbps multi-service aggregation and switching platform. The NX5010 enables geographically dispersed data centers to connect and enables multiple components currently required to perform SAN to WAN communications to be replaced and collapsed into a single system. Target customers include the government and financial sectors.

During testing, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory used the platform to transfer 60 terabytes of InfiniBand data over a distance of 4500 km in only 32 hours -- believed to be a record for the largest amount of InfiniBand data ever transferred per unit time over a wide area network.

The NX5010 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.