Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IEEE Introduces 802.1AX Link Aggregation Standard

IEEE introduced its 802.1AX-2014 standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks – Link Aggregation.

IEEE 802.1AX has two new key features: Conversation Sensitive Traffic Distribution and Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI).
  • Conversation sensitive traffic distribution allows for the association of individual conversations to physical links in a priority order. This enables control of the physical link a conversation utilizes, and ensures that the same link is also used in both the forward and the reverse directions.
  • Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI) enables up to three nodes on each side of a Link Aggregation (LAG), further enhancing interconnectivity by adding node redundancy and protection. In effect, IEEE 802.1AX-2014 provides a standardized version of multi-chassis LAG, the common nomenclature for current proprietary solutions. DRNI provides isolation, independence, and rapid recovery even below 50ms. With DRNI, interconnected network domains can be independently administered and managed and can use different technologies. Failure events are isolated so that a failure in one network domain is not propagated to the other, and failure in the DRNI is not propagated to either network domain.
“The new standard revision IEEE 802.1AX-2014 marks yet another milestone in ongoing efforts to improve the performance and reliability of the link aggregation standard,” said Glenn Parsons, chair, IEEE 802.1 Working Group. “In a growing world economy where connectivity is key, the 802.1 working group is committed to supporting broader deployment of the standard to ensure the latest technology is being applied to enhance link aggregation solutions.”



Sysdig Delivers Monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service

Sysdig, a start-up based in San Francisco, is now providing "container native" monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service (ECS).

The service is delivered in Sysdig Cloud, which is a monitoring solution built from the ground up to support microservices and containers.

Sysdig said it is able to provide deep, application­-level visibility into ECS containers, while respecting the independence and isolation of each container. Sysdig Cloud now offers alerts and dashboards that integrate tasks and other ECS tags and metadata directly with all the hundreds of metrics pulled from the customer's environment.

“Like many leaders in the market, Amazon continues to invest heavily in a container­ driven future for cloud computing. Here at Sysdig, we’re excited to support this vision and the thousands of companies making the move to containers and microservices,” said Loris Degioanni, CEO and Founder of Sysdig. “No other monitoring technology can come close to the level of visibility into AWS and ECS that Sysdig can offer with ContainerVision.”

http://www.sysdig.com


Aquantia Raises $37 Million for 10GBASE-T and 5GbE Silicon

Aquantia, a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced $37 million in Series H funding for its 10GBASE-T Ethernet silicon solutions for data centers.

Aquantia's 10GBASE-T and AQrate PHY product lines lead the market with low-power, high-performance, and high-density silicon solutions.  Aquantia developed AQrate, a unique technology capable of increasing network speeds to 5 Gbps at lengths up to 100m on existing Cat 5e/Cat 6 cables. The products were first sampled in late 2013 and are currently in mass production. The company currently employs over 160 people. Since its first round of funding in 2005, Aquantia has become a market leader in high-speed Ethernet copper connectivity solutions in data center and enterprise.

New investors participating in this round include Credit Suisse's Direct Equity Partners, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Walden Riverwood along with existing investor Cisco Investments. Previous investors include Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, Xilinx, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Venture Tech Alliance. Aquantia has raised a total of $199 million to date.

"We feel very fortunate to be leading in a market with significant sustaining revenues from design wins that enjoy very long product life-cycles," said Faraj Aalaei, president, and CEO. "Aquantia's success comes from a strong focus on turning technology differentiation into business success. Our driving ambition to take partnership opportunities with our customers to the next level consistently results in expanded opportunity and a secure trust between us and our customers."

http://www.aquantia.com


NTT Com Launches Disaster Recovery Service in Europe

NTT Communications launched its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution across Europe.

This managed cloud service, in partnership with industry-leading DRaaS platform provider Geminare, helps organizations adapt and evolve their disaster recovery programs to a secure NTT Com Enterprise Cloud platform. NTT Com offers its DRaaS solution from four secure Enterprise Cloud locations in Europe and 14 worldwide, that customers can choose from to place their recovery environments, assisting in their data localization requirements when needed. If customers wish to move their primary infrastructure to an NTT Com data center for operational ease, they can choose from over 130 secure data centers worldwide.

NTT Com's Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solution has been available in the United States since 2012.

http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html

Monday, October 5, 2015

AT&T Selects Juniper's Contrail for Cloud Infrastructure

AT&T has selected Juniper Networks Contrail Networking to provide software-defined networking capabilities in its AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) infrastructure.

Juniper Networks confirmed that AT&T will use its Contrail Networking to help automate and virtualize the network to rapidly scale and accelerate the deployment of new services. The company said its open approach ensures vendor-agnostic interoperability.

“Juniper and AT&T share a common vision for a customizable cloud network experience that is highly scalable, secure, automated and can readily adapt to customer needs,” said Ankur Singla, corporate vice president and general manager of Cloud Software at Juniper Networks. “Juniper is pleased to be working with AT&T to help them usher in the future of networking, while embracing the open source community.”

http://www.juniper.net


  • Juniper's Contrail Networking is an SDN solution that automates and orchestrates the creation of highly scalable virtual networks.  The hypervisor-level vRouter forwarding plane provides line-rate overlay packet processing in a multitenant virtualized, containerized, or bare-metal environment completely decoupled from the underlying physical fabric switches. It provides L3VPN and E-VPN style overlays that can span cloud boundaries with federation.




HP Launches OpenSwitch Network Operating System

HP launched a new OpenSwitch network operating system (NOS) designed for data centers.

OpenSwitch is intended to be an open community that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks. HP announced a number of early supporters including Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare.

“Open source software, with its collaborative community of specialized developers, accelerates innovation and improves the stability of the software platform, providing organizations with a more powerful infrastructure to support their specific business requirements,” said Mark Carroll, chief technology officer for HP Networking. “The newly formed developer community and Linux-based OpenSwitch NOS early release code will help developers address the rapidly evolving business and web-scale networking needs in the industry.”

Initial components and key attributes of OpenSwitch include:

  • A fully featured NOS with L2/L3 protocols support
  • Open source cloud database for persistent and ephemeral configuration
  • All inter-module communication is through system database
  • Universal API approach: CLI, REST, Puppet/Chef, Ansible


http://www.openswitch.net
http://www.hp.com

Skyworks to Acquire PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion

Skyworks Solutions has agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra for $10.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion.

Skyworks, which is based in  Woburn, Massachusetts, supplies high performance analog semiconductors for automotive, broadband, wireless infrastructure, energy management, GPS, industrial, medical, military, wireless networking, smartphone, and tablet applications. The company’s portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, isolators, lighting and display solutions, mixers, modulators, optocouplers, optoisolators, phase shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, power management devices, receivers, switches, and technical ceramics. For its fiscal year 2014, Skyworks reported revenue of 2.3 billion, up 28 percent from fiscal 2013.

PMC, which is based in Sunnyvale, California with operation in Burnaby, British Columbia,  offers a range of semiconductor products for storage, optical networking, mobile and embedded processors.

Skyworks said this acquisition solidifies its position as a highly diversified analog, RF and mixed signal semiconductor leader by significantly expanding its product portfolio, customer base and end market applications. Upon completion of the acquisition, Skyworks expects annual revenues of more than $4 billion with gross margin in the 55 percent range and operating margin exceeding 40 percent.

“With our acquisition of PMC, Skyworks will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive demand for high performance solutions that seamlessly connect, transport and store Big Data,” said David J. Aldrich, chairman and chief executive officer of Skyworks. “Specifically, we plan to leverage PMC’s innovative storage systems, flash controllers, optical switches and network infrastructure solutions to expand our engagements with some of the world’s leading OEMs and ODMs as well as emerging hyperscale data center customers. At a higher level, this complementary yet highly synergistic acquisition is consistent with our stated strategy of diversifying into adjacent vertical markets while leveraging our system-level expertise and global scale. PMC enables us to substantially expand our serviceable market within some of the fastest growing segments in technology including cloud storage and optical networking. Financially, we expect this transaction to create further economic value for our shareholders upon closing, with immediate margin expansion and accretion. After we implement $75 million of synergies, we expect at least $0.75 of incremental non-GAAP diluted earnings per share on an annual basis.”

“The PMC team is excited to join forces with Skyworks to realize our vision of transforming the broader communications landscape through unparalleled product breadth and operational scale,” said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “Given Skyworks’ deep global sales channels and leadership applications support, underpinned by a world class supply chain, we could not have found a better partner. Together, we plan to develop a wider range of leading-edge solutions for our customers, target new growth vectors and enable some of the most exciting networking and storage platforms in the world, while delivering immediate value for our shareholders.”

http://www.pmcs.com
http://www.skyworks.com

IBM to Acquire Cleversafe for Object Storage in Hybrid Clouds

IBM agreed to acquire Cleversafe, a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cleversafe, which is based in Chicago, holds more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions that enable clients to scale to exabytes of storage, or billions of gigabytes. Clients across multiple industries use Cleversafe for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as a service. The company was founded in 2004 and employs approximately 210 people.

IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its positions in storage and hybrid cloud and support clients’ drive to next generation mobile, social and analytics applications. The Cleversafe technologies will be integrated into the IBM Cloud to enhance IBM’s Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer and the SoftLayer Object Storage services platform, providing clients a hybrid cloud deployment model that offers greater choice of geography, performance, cost optimization and flexibility.

"Today a massive digital transformation is underway as organizations increasingly turn to cloud computing for innovative ways to manage more complex business operations and increasing volumes of data in a secure and effective way,” said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. “Cleversafe, a pioneer in object storage, will add to our efforts to help clients overcome these challenges by extending and strengthening our cloud storage strategy, as well as our portfolio.”

“IBM is an innovator and leader in cloud and storage and we’re excited about the opportunities that lay ahead once this transaction closes,” said John Morris, President and CEO of Cleversafe. “Together with IBM we can extend our object storage leadership position to address the broadest set of workloads for clients with the most expansive set of object-based solutions.”
Cleversafe’s Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) solutions enhance on-premise storage options for clients and service providers with low-cost, large scale active archives and unstructured data content stores. The solutions complement IBM’s software defined Spectrum Storage portfolio for data protection and backup, tape archive, as well as a high performance file and object solution where the focus is on response time.

http://www.ibm.com
http://www.cleversafe.com

Eutelsat Signs Facebook for AMOS-6 Satellite over Africa

Eutelsat Communications and Facebook announced a plan to leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online.

Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilize the entire broadband payload on the upcoming AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. In providing reach to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eutelsat and Facebook will each be equipped to pursue their ambition to accelerate data connectivity for the many users deprived of the economic and social benefits of the Internet.

AMOS-6, which is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2016. is a Ka-band geostationary satellite configured with high gain spot beams for covering large parts of West, East and Southern Africa. The capacity is optimised for community and Direct-to-User Internet access using affordable, off-the-shelf customer equipment. According to the terms of the agreement, the capacity will be shared between Eutelsat and Facebook.

“Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa,” said Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org.  “We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways to use satellites to connect people in the most remote areas of the world more efficiently.”

https://www.facebook.com/zuck
http://news.eutelsat.com/pressreleases/eutelsat-and-facebook-to-partner-on-satellite-initiative-to-get-more-africans-online-1228638

Nokia Networks Showcases Public Safety LTE

Nokia Networks is showcasing an end-to-end LTE-based solution for first responders and other public safety personnel.

LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency for the fastest connectivity.

The end-to-end Nokia Networks Public Safety Portfolio in brief:

  • 3GPP compliant, including Quality of Service, high availability, mobility, security and resilient IP connectivity.
  • The public safety LTE network is built on Nokia Networks’ radio access network, evolved packet core, VoLTE solution, IP Multimedia Subsystem, Core in a Box solution, subscriber data and device management, network management, Self-Organizing Networks, and Nokia Liquid Applications technology.
  • Nokia Networks LTE Network in a Box offers standard authorized IP connectivity and can provide complete LTE network coverage for users in minutes.
  • End-to-end security offering for public safety networks, protecting devices and networks.


“Tomorrow’s smart cities will be built on standardized technologies with economies of scale, such as LTE for public safety. Already today, LTE mobile broadband connectivity with innovative real-time applications helps public safety authorities offer a completely new level of service to citizens. We at Nokia Networks understand that public safety networks must conform to the most stringent requirements for connectivity and application security. Building on our strong heritage of working with governmental agencies, we are now offering the most comprehensive LTE public safety portfolio to our customers jointly with our selected partners,” stated Thorsten Robrecht, Vice President, Partner Business at Nokia Networks.

http://networks.nokia.com

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Broadband Forum Sets 20/20 Vision

The Broadband Forum has outlined a new "20/20" vision to enable important new service provider revenue streams and transform personal and business communications by leveraging the latest technologies, including NFV, SDN, ultra-fast access, IoT, and 5G.


“Of course, all service providers are very focused on profitable revenue-generating services but this is the first time this or any forum has come together as a community to take a holistic approach to new technologies and have them deliver real value,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “We are very proud of what the Forum has already achieved in its 24-year history in making broadband what it is today, but now we have embarked on a new challenge, a new opportunity and in fact the chance to create a whole new world of communications.”

The top five areas of innovation identified and enabled by Broadband 20/20 are ultra-fast infrastructure, intelligent home/small business, seamless converged wireline and wireless
networks, performance-assured on-demand IP broadband services and a personalized network experience.

To advance these goals, the Broadband Forum has undergone a major restructure into eight work areas with a new culture of rapid technicald evelopment so as to incrementally deliver technical specifications, architecture, management, software data models, APIs, interoperability tests, etc., around which the industry can evolve.

“The pace of change in telecommunications never slackens – it always increases – and this new focus for the Forum will support the industry in not only matching that pace but to do it by creating important new revenue streams at the same time,” said Mersh.

https://www.broadband-forum.org/news/download/pressreleeases/2015/BBF%20Launch%20release_FINAL_30Sept2015.pdf

Saturday, October 3, 2015

IBM Charts Post-Silicon Future with Carbon Nanotube

IBM researchers have demonstrated announced a new transistor contact approach that could accelerate the use carbon nanotubes as a replacement for silicon.

Previously, IBM shown that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at channel dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of today’s leading silicon technology. IBM's new contact approach overcomes the other major hurdle in incorporating carbon nanotubes into semiconductor devices, which could result in smaller chips with greater performance and lower power consumption.

The breakthrough required the invention of a metallurgical process akin to microscopic welding that chemically binds the metal atoms to the carbon atoms at the ends of nanotubes. IBM said this "end-bonded contact scheme" allows the contacts to be shrunken down to below 10 nanometers without deteriorating performance of the carbon nanotube devices.

“These chip innovations are necessary to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing, Internet of Things and Big Data systems,” said Dario Gil, vice president of Science & Technology at IBM Research. “As silicon technology nears its physical limits, new materials, devices and circuit architectures must be ready to deliver the advanced technologies that will be required by the Cognitive Computing era. This breakthrough shows that computer chips made of carbon nanotubes will be able to power systems of the future sooner than the industry expected.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47767.wss

IBM Achieves 7nm Test Chips in Siilcon Germanium


IBM Research has produced the first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors.  The milestone was achieved using Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography integration at multiple levels. Current generation microprocessors are generally implemented in silicon using 22nm or 14nm technology. IBM partnered with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of...

IBM's Silicon Nanophotonics Integrates 25G Tranceivers in 90nm CMOS


IBM has integrated multiple optical components alongside electrical circuits using 90nm semiconductor process technology.

Essentially, IBM has successfully added a variety of silicon nanophotonics components, such as wavelength division multiplexers (WDM), modulators, and detectors, alongside CMOS electrical circuitry using a conventional semiconductor foundry.

IBM’s CMOS nanophotonics used transceivers exceeding 25 Gbps per channel. IBM said its integration is capable of feeding a number of parallel optical data streams into a single fiber by utilizing compact on-chip wavelength-division multiplexing devices. The ability to multiplex large data streams at high data rates will allow future scaling of optical communications capable of delivering terabytes of data between distant parts of computer systems.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/39641.wss


  • In October 2012, IBM announced a breakthrough in building a semiconductor using carbon nanotubes instead of silicon.  IBM researchers created a device consisting of more than ten thousand working transistors made of nano-sized tubes of carbon.  Standard semiconductor processes were used to fabricate the device.  IBM has previously demonstrated that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at molecular dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of the leading silicon technology. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

TELUS Commits to Gigabit Fibre for Vancouver

TELUS unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to connect the majority of homes and businesses in the City of Vancouver directly to the fibre network over the next five years.

The first installations are expected by early next year. TELUS' new fibre rollout will also be the backbone of the company's wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed.  Once complete, the rollout will add more than 400,000 homes, businesses, hospitals, community centres and municipal offices to the TELUS fibre network.

TELUS said this significant commitment is part of its plan to invest an additional $4 billion in British Columbia through 2018. When combined with operational expenses, this will bring the total TELUS investment in British Columbia over the next four years to more than $11.5 billion.

"Bringing fibre optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses is a generational investment, and the most significant contribution our organization can make to propel Canada's communications infrastructure and ensure its global competitiveness for decades to come," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "With more than half of the world's population currently concentrated in urban centres, and increased urbanisation a reality for the future, cities with the capacity to leverage advanced broadband technology will enjoy an unprecedented advantage. Our $1 billion investment will provide one of Canada's largest urban centres with ubiquitous access to the fastest and most reliable Internet services to dramatically improve the way Vancouverites live, work and socialise."

http://telus.com/vancouver

NodePrime Raises $7 Million for Software-defined Data Center Management

NodePrime, a start-up based in San Francisco, emerged from stealth and announced $7 million in seed funding for its software-defined datacenter platform.

NodePrime's mission is to enable companies to centrally view, diagnose and control their IT infrastructure in minutes using tools similar to those used by Google and Facebook. The idea is to fix the current siloed approach to machine data collection and automation, by allowing systems administrators to rapidly reduce the amount of time spent provisioning and managing the lifecycle of data centers. It provides a full stack of data, tools and APIs across disparate platform and hardware vendors.

NodePrime said SAP, Ericsson and GoDaddy are using its platform.

Investors include Menlo Ventures, NEA, Formation 8, Ericsson, Initialized Capital, Crosslink Capital and TEEC Angel Fund.

"Our vision is to transform the datacenter into a single organism where it's entirely possible to manage millions of machines and devices, and billions of metrics, inside one view," said James Malachowski, co-founder and CEO of NodePrime. "Our platform is a fundamental enabler of the software-defined datacenter that brings new levels of virtualization and containerization to modern IT infrastructure. Just as VMware and Docker have had huge operational impacts on business, we're creating a power shift for enterprises to make decisions on their own terms and scale with precision, at the speed which businesses need to operate today."

http://www.nodeprime.com/

IBM Lands $1 Billion Deal to Provide Cloud Infrastructure to EVRY

EVRY, the Nordic IT services firm, awarded a 10-year contract to IBM to provide global cloud infrastructure and services.  Under the deal, which is valued at US$1 billion over the term,  IBM will transform EVRY’s existing infrastructure using cloud resources.  This includes providing services running on IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer, based in Fet/Oslo data center later next year.

A leading infrastructure business is core to EVRY becoming a Nordic Champion. It is the foundation from which we build solutions that create business value and business outcomes for our customers. EVRY has started this transformation journey, but in order to deliver the best infrastructure solutions in the market, we need to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our infrastructure business”, comments Bj√∂rn Ivroth, CEO of EVRY.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47764.wss

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AT&T Extends its Switched Ethernet via U-verse

AT&T is extending the reach of its Switched Ethernet service via its U-verse access network. This effectively doubles the reachable footprint of AT&T's local Ethernet service.

“We’re delivering advanced and efficient Ethernet services to our customers,” said Rick Hubbard, senior vice president, Business Product Management, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “In 2015, we expanded our Ethernet services significantly. We added major markets, gave customers more flexibility and introduced new lightning-fast speeds. This new feature is a large part of our strategy to move to an all Ethernet and Internet protocol (IP) network.  We’re giving our customers the benefits of Ethernet they’ve been asking for.”

The new Ethernet capability will support almost any network topology — from basic site-to-site connections to a fully meshed any-to-any configuration.  It also supports VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) so that customers can control how their data flows between sites.

An automated Ethernet Qualification Tool (EQT) is available online.

https://www.att.com/ebiz/ebizqual/#/
http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Family/network-services/ethernet/

Puppet Labs Automates Application Orchestration

Puppet Labs introduced a new tool to help organizations orchestrate the deployment and management of business-critical infrastructure and applications.

The new Puppet Application Orchestration enables customers to model distributed applications and application stacks as Puppet code so they can quickly and reliably roll out new infrastructure and applications.  The tool, which uses the core Puppet platform, accounts for the dependencies between different services and systems that make up an application or application stack.

“Over the past several years, Puppet’s model-based approach has become the standard for modern infrastructure management. Puppet Application Orchestration is a direct extension of our existing strengths and technologies, adding new tools and capabilities that give our customers a full management stack, from bare metal all the way up to modern distributed applications,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs.

https://puppetlabs.com/introducing-puppet-application-orchestration

NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 Wi-Fi Home Router Hits 5.3 Gbps

NETGEAR introduced its latests Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router (R8500) delivers a blistering combined speed of 5.3Gbps (1000 Mbps + 2166 Mbps +2166 Mbps) using Wave 2 803.11ac technology-- a new record for a home router.

The unit is powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor, patent-pending Active Antennas to boost range, and three Wi-Fi bands with quad-streams.  It also uses 1024 QAM modulation and and MU-MIMO technology. It boasts a total of eight antennas, four internal and four patent-pending external Active Antennas. Unlike typical antennas that simply relay the Wi-Fi signal received from your devices to the router, Active Antennas amplify the Wi-Fi signal within the external antenna itself. This compensates for the low power of Wi-Fi devices to provide a more symmetrical connection for both receiving and sending wireless signals, which contributes to improving overall range and speed at long range.

In addition, the Nighthawk X8 offers a unique Dynamic QoS prioritization capability that recognizes each individual application and the device it is running on, and prioritizes their network traffic accordingly. The unit also provides a port aggregation capability (also known as “port trunking”). The router has six Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, the largest number available on a mainstream home router. Two of these ports can be aggregated to double the gigabit connection to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device — such as all current NETGEAR ReadyNAS models with two Ethernet ports — to support 4K HD streaming, faster backups, and faster file transfers.

It has an MSRP of $400.

http://www.netgear.com/R8500

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