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March 26, 2012

6WIND Releases Cloud Software for Data Center Operators

On the heels of signing a partnership deal with BroadWeb, 6WIND announced the upcoming availability of 6WINDGate Cloud Edition, an extension to its software product line that provides cost/performance for data center network appliances.

The new software addresses critical issues in network bandwidth, scalability and Quality-of-Service, adopted by multiple tier-1 telecom equipment manufacturers worldwide, according to Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND.

“The new 6WINDGate Cloud Edition product leverages the same technology strengths to accelerate the deployment of high-performance, cost-effective and flexible network appliance solutions,” Carmès said. “These include Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), firewalls, security gateways and Intrusion (News - Alert) Prevention systems.”

Building on the success of its Mobile Edition software – which 6WIND says has already been deployed in two-thirds of LTE (News - Alert) networks worldwide – the XX-based company developed the Cloud Edition to address performance and scalability challenges faced by cloud infrastructure providers. Company officials said the new software will be available in Q2 2012.

As data center operators continue to face capital expense pressures, they’re forced to migrate to so-called commodity hardware platforms while providing increased performance, according to 6WIND. At the same time, OPEX (News - Alert) constraints require improvements in resource use through the efficient management of Virtual Machines (VMs) and virtual appliances.

“With no way to predict the future mix of applications or the growth in workloads, data center networks must be architected for maximum flexibility and scalability, leading to the adoption of Software-Defined Networks based on open standards,” 6WIND said in a company statement.

The 6WINDGate Cloud Edition product includes a suite of networking protocols including protocol termination, QoS, routing, switching, security, tunneling and VPN functions. Cloud-focused services provided within 6WINDGate Cloud Edition include virtualization with support for industry-standard hypervisors.

“Data center operators must meet aggressive OPEX and CAPEX objectives while architecting their networks for maximum scalability and optimum network monetization,” said Simon Stanley, an analyst at large for Heavy Reading. “At the same time, they must deploy optimized solutions comprising both physical and virtual network appliances, since both appliance types will co-exist for the foreseeable future.”




Edited by Braden Becker
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