Sunday, April 25, 2010

Allied Telesis Debuts Core SwitchBlade

Allied Telesis introduced its SwitchBlade 6000S Series family of multilayer switches for core networks.

The chassis-based platform, which is designed for large enterprise and service-provider networks, provides the ability to scale to terabit switching capacity in a modular fashion. Separate modules are dedicated to both device management and packet processing. With this architecture, the packet forwarding engine is implemented in common switching control unit. Multiple switching modes are thus possible.

Allied Telesis said that it designed this platform especially for networks migrating from IPv4 to IPv6, and for where hybrid topologies are required. In addition, the SwitchBlade 6000S Series supports virtual routing functionality (VRF) to enable distinct networks to work together as one system. For example, in the case of a merger or acquisition, this chassis can map two networks seamlessly despite overlapping Internet protocol (IP) addresses.

"The SwitchBlade 6000S Series is the next step in our evolution as a conscientious innovator responding to the needs of our customers," said Dael Bartlett, product strategy and marketing director, Allied Telesis. "We have always had a strong set of solutions at the edge of the network, and the introduction of the Switchblade 6000S Series adds to the network core the same level of reliability and capabilities our customers have experienced in our access and aggregation devices."

The base chassis systems are available in three sizes, providing the appropriate port density and bandwidth depending on specific customer requirements.