Monday, June 18, 2007

Continuous Computing Debuts ATCA Packet Processing Appliance

Continuous Computing has expanded its AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system family with a new ATCA Packet Processing Appliance that delivers up to 20Gbps of deep packet inspection capability in a very compact system.

The ATCA Packet Processing Appliance is targeted for use in lower density edge devices delivering network security, QoS, service level agreement enforcement, traffic engineering, admission and authentication, and session-based billing. The system may also be used for network access control (NAC).

It comes with a suite of Trillium software including control plane, networking and routing protocols -- such as SIP, Diameter, IPv4, IPv6, IPSEC, IGMP, BGP and OSPF -- as well as customized Trillium Professional Services. Each low-profile system contains a FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 deep packet inspection blade and a FlexCompute ATCA-XE30 general processing blade, both housed in either a carrier-grade 2U DC-powered or a 3U AC-powered ATCA chassis.

The FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 packet processing blade incorporates two XLR732 multi-core MIPS devices from Raza Microelectronics. It supports a dual redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backplane fabric with a range of 10GbE and 1GbE ports to the front and rear. Each XLR732 multi-core MIPS64 processor supports up to 8GB of memory (16GB per blade) and can connect to mezzanine sites for supporting TCAM and dedicated content processors via the on-chip hyper-transport interface.

To complement this new appliance, Continuous Computing also offers a range of ATCA FlexChassis options, including 12U, 5U and now a 2U/3U chassis.

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