Bay Microsystems / N.E.T. 10G multi-service platform enters federal lab trials

March 3, 2006
March 3, 2006 San Jose, CA and Fremont, CA -- Following a partnership announcement in October 2005, Bay Microsystems and Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.) announced that the jointly developed N.E.T. NX5010ae multiservice platform was delivered for Federal Government lab trials earlier this week. The companies say the compact, scalable, 10-Gbit/sec multiservice aggregation and switching platform targets government and grid computing applications.

March 3, 2006 San Jose, CA and Fremont, CA -- Following a partnership announcement in October 2005, Bay Microsystems, a provider of high performance packet processing platforms, and Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.) announced that the jointly developed N.E.T. NX5010ae multiservice platform was delivered for Federal Government lab trials earlier this week. The companies say the compact, scalable, 10-Gbit/sec multiservice aggregation and switching platform targets high performance government, commercial networking, and grid computing applications.

According to the companies, responding to demand for secure, high speed, multiservice networking and LAN/SAN virtualization, the versatile NX5010ae platform is optimized for use in mission-critical networks. The platform utilizes Bay Microsystems' Biscayne and Montego programmable packet processors to enable line-rate multiservice protocol conversion and transport with hard QoS management capabilities. According to the companies, as an agile high speed exchange, the NX5010ae enables geographically distributed computing and storage resources to operate as if they were co-located within the same LAN or data center.

"Our partnership with Bay leverages the strengths of both companies in delivering networking solutions to the Federal Government," comments C. Nicholas Keating, president and CEO of N.E.T. "The rapid development and delivery of the NX5010ae demonstrates that the partnership is working very well. We're extremely pleased to gain an immediate government lab trial slot driven by strong end-customer demand."

Key features of the platform, according to the companies, include: flexible migration to secure IP/MPLS and IPv6 with a full range of services for legacy networks; secure LAN (Ethernet) and SAN (InfiniBand and Fibre Channel) extension and internetworking between disparate networks; enables secure high speed, low latency grid computing internetworking over long distances; provides collapsed-edge aggregation of 10-Gbit/sec and higher, eliminating the need for multi-element, multi-vendor solutions; a 2 RU form factor; scalability to 160-Gbit/sec. Following the NX5010ae, the companies say they plan to deliver a 40G multiservice network exchange in the future.

"The N.E.T. partnership gives Bay quick access to installed networks to prove out our agile edge technology," maintains Chuck Gershman, president and CEO of Bay Microsystems. "N.E.T. has been a great partner, providing Bay with sharply increased scale and reach. Through our co-development efforts, we're discovering synergies between the companies to exploit in future higher performance products."

The N.E.T. NX5010ae platform will be shown at next week's OFC/NFOEC 2006 in Anaheim, CA in booth #1255, hosted by the US Naval Research Laboratory. General availability for the platform is planned for June 2006.