Monday, May 9, 2011

Marvell Introduces OpenFlow-enabled Switches

Marvell has introduced an OpenFlow-enabled, fully featured switching solution based on its networking control stack and Prestera family of packet processors. Marvell's new OpenFlow switches support 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE port configurations.

The goal of OpenFlow is to enable software-defined networks optimized for specific applications and services. OpenFlow seeks to enable dynamic re-configuration of the network in-situ without a tear-down and new setup of equipment.

Marvell is a founding member of the Open Network Foundation, and is actively involved in the development of OpenFlow.

Dr Nick McKeown, Stanford professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said, "OpenFlow allows for the deployment of innovative routing and switching solutions for applications, like virtual machine mobility, security and other services for next-generation mobile networks. It is exciting to see a growing number of commercially available OpenFlow switches and software-defined networks."

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