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Artesyn Embedded Technologies Releases MaxCore SDN/NFV Application Platform

By Casey Houser June 12, 2015

For companies that want to jump into the field of applications that support software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, the development hurdles can be kind of big. Artesyn Embedded Technologies is trying to lower that barrier with its new MaxCore application which acts as a platform for the development of such applications.

MaxCore targets enterprises in broadcasting, networking, cloud hosting, industrial, and military markets that wish to create appliances for SDN and NFV, virtualized video, and communications protocols such as WebRTC and VoLTE. The Artesyn program includes both hardware and software for prospective businesses to use and build their own development infrastructure. Enterprises can use the platform to create single-function appliances or multiple virtual network functions that exist on a single part of their networks.

Linsey Miller, the director of server acceleration marketing at Artesyn, spoke about the basic design of MaxCore and how it distinguishes itself from other modern computing systems.

”The modern microserver or small-bladed high-performance computing system has been dominated to date by the kind of dedicated appliances that our customers have told us they want to move away from,” Miller said. “The new MaxCore platform brings the first open, standards-based option of its kind to market.”

It is with that open standard that users can make their MaxCore servers into an image of their choosing. Each hardware unit can scale and support up to 15 add-in processing or network I/O cards -- whatever makes the most sense for any organization's needs. The hardware units are not tied to specific applications and can support OpenFlow and OpenStack to address both SDN and NFV, respectively. All manners of virtual applications, from firewalls to border controllers - to hosted video applications, can make their way to the hardware stacks.

The entire system is meant to be flexible and to conquer the limitations of dedicated appliances. Network operators, IT departments, and business central offices can swap out microserver cards and PCI express cards easily with support for hundreds of video streams at 1080p HD and up to 30 Intel Xeon processors to provide power for everything else. This combination with open standards for software-based networking can give businesses the flexibility they need to scale with their growing operations and meet the needs of their customers.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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