|[August 25, 2014]
Netronome and Accton Announce Industry's First Application-aware White Box Switch Design
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Netronome, the leading provider of data plane processing solutions for
software-defined networks (SDN), and Accton Technology (News - Alert) Corporation, the
leading provider of white-box data center switches, today announced a
high density 10/40/100GbE top of rack (TOR) switch design with extensive
flow processing and match-action-based networking capabilities to
enhance network application performance and reduce operational expenses
in data center networks. The innovative design adds Netronome (News - Alert) NFP-6xxx
coprocessor modules to Accton's Edge-Core AS6700-32X modular 1RU switch
supporting intelligent application-aware policies and network
applications such as load balancing, security and network analytics.
The Edge-Core AS6700-32X switch supports popular top of rack switch
configurations with up to 104 10GbE ports or 32 40GbE ports, which can
be configured in a mix of downlinks to servers in the rack and uplinks
to the spine network. The Netronome NFP coprocessor modules will add
network intelligence for millions of simultaneous flows traversing the
switch, including flow-based dynamic load balancing and cut-through
processing for network functions such as deep packet inspections (DPI),
next-generation firewalls (NGFW), intrusion detection and prevention
(IDS/IPS) and network analytics. These capabilities help improve the
performance of such applications in the network, and also improve
network reliability through granular flow-based network monitoring and
visibility into tunneled traffic.
"Trends such as SDN and NFV require increased level of flow processing
and application awareness in switches and we designed our modular
Edge-Core AS6700-32X switch with that objective in mind," said George
Tchaparian, senior vice president of engineering at Accton. "We are
excited to work with Netronome and utilize their advanced flow
processing technologies and products�t augment the capability of our
leading data center switches already in production."
The design features an intelligent uplink module based on Netronome's
NFP-6xxx co-processor that adds wire-speed application-level awareness
and enhanced network processing to traditional TOR switching and
routing. For example, elephant flows that adversely affect performance
of applications such as Hadoop, can be detected and steered dynamically
to dedicated or less utilized links. In addition, support of network
virtualization can be significantly enhanced through support for VXLAN
or NVGRE tunnel endpoint and gateway functionality, including flexible
routing between tunnel types, with support for more than 100K tenants.
The NFP-6xxx co-processor also supports scalable MPLS-based forwarding
and traffic engineering, as well as operator specified tunneling
protocols or newly defined protocols such as GENEVE.
"Network utilization, reliability and application performance can be
simultaneously improved�by intelligent and scalable flow processing in
top of rack switches," said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of
marketing at Netronome. "We are pleased to collaborate with Accton to
enable such intelligence and efficiencies in the bare metal switching
market, thereby helping data center operators achieve increased CAPEX
and OPEX (News - Alert) benefits."
The Edge-Core AS6700-32X switch with Netronome NFP-6xxx based prototype
modules can be seen in booth 2524, during VMWorld 2014, August 24-27 at
the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Netronome is the leading developer of high-performance networking
solutions for cloud, data center, service provider and enterprise
communications products. Netronome's flow processing solutions increase
the performance of virtualized servers by offloading compute-intensive
workloads such as network virtualization, security, flow classification,
content processing, deep packet inspection and dynamic load balancing.
Netronome's products are used by networking OEMs, ODMs worldwide and
include Flow Processors, FlowNICs and FlowKit software. Netronome's
processors are supported by comprehensive tools and a broad ecosystem of
premier partners. Netronome's products are developed in labs in Santa
Clara, CA (News - Alert), Boxborough, MA and Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about
Netronome and its products, please visit www.netronome.com.
Accton Technology Corporation is the leading Original Design
Manufacturer focused exclusively on networking technology and products
for the data center, enterprise, telecom network, and SMB. Accton offers
a complete portfolio of data center switches for top-of-rack and spine
networks through its wholly owned Edge-Core Networks subsidiary. The
Edge-Core 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE switches, along with the
switchOS, SDN, and NFV software offerings of Accton's partners, form
data center fabrics that increase performance and application
flexibility while reducing operating expense for private and public
cloud infrastructures. To learn more about Edge-Core's data center
products, visit www.edge-core.com.
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