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Artesyn's Centellis 8840 Amps Up Hardware Support for NFV, SDN

By Paula Bernier December 03, 2014

One of the key benefits of moving to new and more software-centric models leveraging network functions virtualization and software-defined networking is to enable network operators to run things on commercial off-the-shelf hardware. But some applications, especially those in the network core, require a higher level of performance than is available in current gear, says Artesyn Embedded Technologies. That’s why the company is introducing Centellis 8840, a solution based on ATCA standard that amps up capacity and reliability to meet service provider requirements.

Centellis 8840 is a NEBS-ready platform that accepts 40G ATCA blades and, when they become available, 100G blades. It has 160G aggregate bandwidth capacity to each blade today and in the future will increase that to support 400G per blade, with the ability to cool and power for up to 600 Watts per blade.

The platform’s ATCA processing and networking blades are based on Intel Xeon or Cavium OCTEON processors or TI or Octasic digital signal processors.

In a recent interview, Chris Kosikowski, director of advanced solutions in embedded computing at Artesyn Embedded Technologies, told SDN Zone that software-centric models need efficient hardware and benefit from standards-based technology, but that doesn’t mean they will all be based on cookie-cutter solutions. That’s why the company is offering solutions that address carriers’ needs for large-scale packet forwarding and processing. For example, Artesyn provides the high-density voice transcoding engine that shapes communications traffic within GENBAND’s Q50 session border controller. Artesyn also sells media processing solutions to allow for high-density voice and video processing for multimedia and over-the-top application support.

Artesyn is the former Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business. The company designs and makes power conversion and embedded computing solutions for aerospace, communications, computing, industrial, medical, and military uses.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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