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Network News: New Technology from Extreme Networks, Broadcom

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Extreme Networks launches new hardware and software networking solutions, Broadcom announces an expansion of its multi-core communications processor family, and Numergy selects Nuage Networks SDN solution to expand its cloud infrastructure.

Extreme Networks launches new networking solutions. At Interop 2014 in Las Vegas this week Extreme Networks (EXTR) launched new hardware and software products for simple, fast and smart networking solutions. For centralized management and rapid problem identification and resolution across the network NetSight 6.0 provides one tool, with one database. Purview application analytics gathers application intelligence at Layer 7 direct from the network. A new SDN 2.0 provides an open, standards-based architecture for combining automated network and application provisioning and orchestration through open integration with northbound and southbound services. A new BlackDiamond X8 100GbE Blade gives 100G wire speed with 20Tbps of non-blocking throughput on a 4 port blade. Finally, new IdentiFi 3800 series 802.11ac access points provide 1.75Gbps total throughput with automatic configuration and RF optimization. “The network is a critical component to enable increasingly mobile and social enterprises,” said Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Accordingly, IT should strive to ensure an optimal experience for all its users all of the time. With its new architecture, Extreme Networks has taken a big step in helping organizations meet that goal by combining network visibility, analytics and policy, over high performance wired and wireless infrastructures. These network solutions are designed to deliver the requisite intelligence, performance and operational simplicity to handle demanding enterprise environments.”

Broadcom announces multi-core communications processor. At Interop 2014 Broadcom (BRCM) announced the expansion of its XLP II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors. The XLP500 Series performance is achieved with an innovative quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution.  Support for Broadcom’s Open NFV platform and seamless interoperability with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Switch Series streamlines the development process, optimizes power requirements, reduces hardware costs and improves time-to-market. “For service providers and data center operators looking to manage dynamically changing workloads and massive data requirements, the XLP500 Series provides the processing performance and flexibility required to deploy new services and cost-effectively scale the network,” said Chris O’Reilly, Broadcom, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Processors & Wireless Infrastructure.  “With the addition of the XLP500 Series, Broadcom now offers the industry’s broadest end-to-end portfolio of 28 nanometer multi-core communications processors, spanning 4 NXCPUs to 640 NXCPUs.”

Numergy selects Nuage Networks SDN for cloud infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent’s (ALU) Nuage Networks announced that its SDN platform and Alcatel-Lucent 7750 service routers were selected by Numergy for deployment within and across its data centers. Numergy opted to implement Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) and 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG) as well as the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router to manage and automate its datacenter networks to be more programmable and operationally efficient. The Nuage Networks SDN solution provides datacenter network virtualization and automation that transforms data centers into flexible environments that instantaneously establish the network services required in a cloud infrastructure. “We are pleased to implement the Nuage Networks product suite in our cloud infrastructure. The Nuage Networks SDN technology allows us to address key performance and compatibility requirements for an open environment. This will allow us to virtualize our infrastructure and to offer our customers cloud services in a more dynamic way,” said Erik Beauvalot, Chief Operating Officer of Numergy.

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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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