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NEC Expands Reach With Two New SDN Switches

By Michael Guta June 12, 2015

The entire infrastructure of today’s digital delivery system can no longer function with traditional network architectures; there’s just too much traffic. Broadband access for mobile devices, cloud computing, virtualization and hosted solutions are putting a great deal of stress on existing delivery systems. To address this problem, the industry started responding by deploying intelligent systems in key technologies. This includes data centers and networks, two of the most important components responsible for driving the digital growth in the world, and software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are making this possible. With so much growth potential, NEC has launched two new switches for the SDN environments to address this market and expand its reach.

Unlike other platforms that don’t take into consideration existing investments, SDN is a dynamic and flexible network architecture that protects what is already in place and also ensures the future with new capabilities. This technology allows more control over the entire network from a single logical point, simplifying the design and operation from the SDN controllers. On the other hand, NFV gives service providers improvements with automation, responsiveness, and operational costs.

The new switches from NEC are the PF5340-48XP-6Q, a top-of-rack switch with a 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface which can be used to help consolidate servers, and the PF5340-32QP, an aggregation switch that consolidates multiple racks with 32 40GbE ports. They are designed to address the needs of data centers that run telecommunications companies and service providers by enabling network configurations equivalent to several thousand server racks, this according to NEC.

The company has 250 system installations already deployed around the world, and it is looking to introduce new levels of efficiency with the two switches by reducing the complexity of operation and increasing expansion capabilities. With SDN and NFV, the control plane and networking tasks are placed into software, allowing a more agile, scalable and programmable infrastructure.

“SDN is one of the core areas NEC is focusing on in its Social Solutions Business, and to date NEC has amassed a track record of more than 250 system installations across the globe. These new switches help resolve issues faced when increasing the size of data centers, among them the complexity of operation and difficulties in expansion,” said Toshio Suzuki, General Manager, Converged Network Division, NEC Corporation.

According to IHS Infonetics Research, the SDN market, which includes Ethernet switches and controllers, will grow from $781 million in 2014 to $13 billion in 2019. The research firm stated this growth is being driven by the availability of branded bare-metal switches and the adoption of SDN by enterprises and smaller cloud service providers. The new switches by NEC will give the company increased presence in the SDN market as it experiences triple digit growths in the next five years.   The switches are now available globally.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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