Network News: Mellanox, Extreme Networks, Brocade

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Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the network sector:

Mellanox expands MetroDX long-haul solutions.  Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) announced the availability of new RDMA InfiniBand and Ethernet long-haul interconnect solutions as a part of the company’s MetroX product line. A new MetroDX TX6000 system is targeted at data center long-reach connectivity and supports 18 long-haul ports running 40Gb/s to a distance up to 1,000 meters. The MetroX TX6200 enables longer reach campus and metro data center connectivity, with 2 long haul ports running 10/40Gb/s to a distance up to 100 kilometers. “The need for long-haul InfiniBand and Ethernet with RDMA connectivity continues to grow,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of market development at Mellanox Technologies. “The MetroX series extends InfiniBand and Ethernet lossless RDMA beyond a single data center network location. Data center expansion or Disaster Recovery (DR) sites can now benefit from Mellanox’s fastest interconnect solutions with no performance degradation. Utilizing Mellanox high-throughput interconnect solutions, our customers are able to reduce their database recovery time from days to hours, and thus maintain their business continuity and gain a competitive edge.”

Extreme Networks delivers on SDN vision.  Extreme Networks (EXTR) announced that it is delivering on its vision for Software Defined Networking (SDN) with the shipment this week of ExtremeXOS v15.3, the company’s single modular Operating System for data center, campus BYOD and the cloud. The company is also shipping its OpenStack Quantum plugin, a downloadable software module providing a rich API for ExtremeXOS that enables orchestration and management of multi-tenant networks. With the release of ExtremeXOS 15.3, Extreme Networks supports SDN applications from Big Switch Networks: Big Tap, provides traffic monitoring and dynamic network visibility with flow filtering, and Big Virtual Switch (BVS). ”As we bring new OpenFlow and OpenStack features into the market with ExtremeXOS 15.3, customers are equipped to take advantage of the promise of software advancements that extend capabilities and further simplify their networks,” said David Ginsburg, CMO for Extreme Networks.

Brocade awarded injunction against A10 Networks.  Brocade (BRCD) announced that a San Jose federal court denied A10 Networks’ request to stay a new permanent injunction originally issued on Jan. 23, 2013, barring A10 from using four Brocade trade secrets a jury found A10 stole and incorporated in its AX series products. This order followed previous rulings for a permanent injunction for patent infringement as well as $60 million in damages for copyright infringement. ”This is a clear and decisive victory for Brocade covering a broad range of intellectual property theft by A10. We are very pleased with these rulings and we are again appreciative of the Court’s careful attention to the evidence and its willingness to enforce intellectual property rights,” said Tyler Wall, vice president and general counsel at Brocade.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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