The switch will also feature a "split plane" architecture for integrating wired and wireless networks. It will reduce power consumption by 33% over the 8600 and increase memory by 150% to support scalability of virtual machines in a data center. A core switch cluster will support up to 200 10Gbps Ethernet ports, Avaya says.
The three-slot switch will have a 200Gbps full duplex backplane.
The company will also unveil a new capability for its 8100 IEEE 802.11n WLAN controller. The 8100 will initially perform control and forwarding plane functions for up to 512 access points; but then assume only control or only forwarding plane capabilities as its software is further integrated with the 8800 switch and virtualized, Avaya says.
Avaya will also unveil the Advanced Gateway 2330 for branch offices, a Session Initiation Protocol gateway that provides routing, VPN and firewall capabilities. It will compete with Cisco's Integrated Services Routers and Juniper's SSG gateways, but with an emphasis on IP telephony and unified communications, Avaya says.
Lastly, Avaya has rewritten all of the applications in its Unified Communications Manager system to enable single sign-on and discovery to allow network managers to easily navigate across various applications. Right clicking on an application on the UCM topology map with produce vital statistics on that application, such as flow characteristics.
The 8800, advanced gateway and enhanced UCM are all available now.
Brocade's app switching focus
For application switching, Brocade will roll out software that provisions and manages application resources in a virtualized environment, a new verison of its ServerIron ADX switch operating system, and a new entry-level application switch.
Brocade's Application Resource Broker is a plug-in for VMware's vSphere software. It analyzes application performance across the network and servers and provisions resources accordingly. It provides visibility into both the virtual and physical infrastructure, Brocade says.
Version 12.2 of the ServerIron ADX software features license upgradeability for increased or improved performance and capacity. It provides predictive application load balancing based on response times, Layer 7 switching support for the Financial Information eXchange protocol, an IPv4 to IPv6 gateway and optimized cache switching for service providers.The entry-level ServerIron ADX switch is called the 1008-1. It support up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10G ports, and a maximum Layer 7 throughput of 7Gbps. It is priced at $13,000.All products will be available later in the second quarter.
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