Vello Systems announces Cloud Switching technology for flexible bandwidth provisioning

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 By Stephen Hardy -- Vello Systems has taken the wraps off of a new software-based product designed to enable very flexible bandwidth provisioning for service providers and their customers. Dubbed Cloud Switching, the new technology leverages the gridless properties of Vello Systems’ CX4000 and CX16000 systems to create up to 7 Tbps of low-latency, virtualized pools of capacity.

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 By Stephen Hardy -- Vello Systems has taken the wraps off of a new software-based product designed to enable very flexible bandwidth provisioning for service providers and their customers. Dubbed Cloud Switching, the new technology leverages the gridless properties of Vello Systems’ CX4000 and CX16000 systems to create up to 7 Tbps of low-latency, "virtualized" pools of capacity.

According to Vello Systems President and CEO Karl May, the new Cloud Switching technology is an outgrowth of Vello Systems’ work over the past year to expand the carrier focus of its past (when it did business as OpVista) to also address enterprise requirements, particularly for cloud-based services. In addition to enabling dynamic capacity provisioning across networks using the Vello System’s hardware, May envisions the Cloud Switching umbrella incorporating other network elements that touch Vello-enabled optical pathways. Towards that end -- and to enable carrier customers to provision bandwidth, if the carrier chooses -- Vello Systems also has enabled the development of APIs to provide access to Cloud Switching features.

Using the company’s proprietary architecture, which packs multiple subcarriers into standard ITU grid channels, Vello Systems’ CX16000 can support 700 channels of 10 Gbps each. Via the company's CloudMaster management and provisioning system, the Cloud Switching technology enables these channels to be assigned and reassigned as bandwidth needs change, particularly to support cloud-based service provision.

Vello Systems currently is touting the ability to support Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and SONET/SDH traffic with the new Cloud Switching technology. However, May indicates that the company will add support for additional services for content distribution in the future.

The technology has been shipping for “a couple of quarters” to “less than 10” customers, May says.

"We're very excited to introduce Vello Systems’ new Cloud Switching technology to our network and customers as we accelerate the evolution of our cloud infrastructure and services portfolio," said Stephen Klenert, CEO of Atlantic Metro Communications, an Internet services provider and Vello Systems customer. "Cloud Switching will deliver the performance and economics we need to scale our operation, providing the most nimble, adaptive infrastructure for our customers."

"With the increasing adoption of 10G, especially within data centers and colocation facilities, finding solutions to meet growing capacity needs in the wide-area is becoming increasingly challenging," said Eve Griliches at ACG Research. "Vello Systems' Cloud Switching technology addresses these needs with a compelling combination of features, capabilities and economics."

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