PHOTO - Alcatel-Lucent's new OmniSwitch 6900.
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 APRIL 2011 - French communications giant Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new data centre switching solution that provides enterprises with a complete switching fabric, which will help deliver applications as a service, it said.
"The data centre switching solution delivers two architecture breakthroughs: the data centre 'mesh' and the 'pod'," said Alcatel-Lucent vice president and general manager Michel Emelianoff. "Virtualisation in the data centre requires enterprises to optimise server-to-server traffic while striving to reduce costs. Alcatel-Lucent's 'pod' architecture addresses this need with the new OmniSwitch 6900 by delivering a highly dense solution that allows enterprises to directly connect top-of-rack switches without relying on a core switch to carry server-to-server traffic."
"The rise of virtualisation has made data centre switching a critical piece of an IT strategy for the enterprise," said Emelianoff. "As we build on our Application Fluent Network vision, our new data center switching solution is empowering enterprises to set up a virtualised network for their data centres, allowing users to easily take advantage of real-time applications from any location across any device."
Emelianoff said that data centre pods could be connected across multiple sites. "Alcatel-Lucent's ground-breaking 'mesh' architecture delivers a complete switching fabric that can bring together more than 14,000 server 10Gig ports with only two core switches, delivering end-to-end latency of less than five microseconds and unmatched resiliency."
"Network infrastructure is becoming more complicated as new applications, new devices, data centre virtualisation and cloud computing become requirements for the enterprise," said analyst firm Yankee Group vice president and distinguished research fellow, Zeus Kerravala. "Enterprises need an infrastructure that is capable of monitoring and delivering these applications in real-time as if they were a service with low latency and a high quality user experience."
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