Infineta Systems Ships First-Ever 10GBPS, Wire Speed WAN Optimization System for High Capacity Data Center Interconnects

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Infineta Data Mobility Switch Expands WAN Capacity by 5-10x and Guarantees Network Capacity for Critical Inter-Data Center Traffic Flows

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DMS is the technology industry’s first-of-a-kind solution to operate at 10Gbps wire speeds, supporting the next generation of advanced data center architectures.

Infineta Systems, a provider of Hyper-scale WAN optimization systems, today announced the general availability of its groundbreaking product, the Infineta Data Mobility Switch (DMS). The DMS provides instant 5-10x bandwidth capacity gains, IP traffic acceleration, and critical application prioritization and assurance over multi-gigabit WAN links (the Hyper-scale WAN). The DMS is the technology industry’s first-of-a-kind solution to operate at 10Gbps wire speeds, supporting the next generation of advanced data center architectures that leverage key innovations around agile, high performance compute, server, and storage services delivery models.

“Supporting massive volumes of inter-data center traffic generated by critical applications such as replication requires large WAN connections, often spanning significant distances,” said Joe Skorupa, research vice president of data center transformation and security, Gartner. “Moving large amounts of traffic over a high capacity WAN can be expensive and consuming, increasing the importance of high-speed data reduction and transport optimization.”

The Infineta DMS combines fine-grained QoS (quality of service) controls, advanced network layer acceleration technologies and the Velocity Dedupe Engine™ (VDE) – the first-ever, hardware-based data deduplication (“dedupe”) system core – to deliver maximum throughput for high capacity WANs. With the DMS, for example, customers can easily turn a 1Gbps WAN into a virtual 5Gbps link. Because the DMS can be configured to guarantee minimum data rates for individual classes of service, customers can carve out “protected circuits” for their bandwidth intensive, latency sensitive applications over their existing WAN links. Similarly, an OC12 (622Mbps) circuit can be turned into a 3Gbps link, and an OC48 (2.54Gbps) circuit into a 10Gbps link.

The end result for customers is increased network throughput and guaranteed bandwidth availability. Enormous traffic growth can be supported without requiring any WAN upgrades, leading to significant savings in both CAPEX (WAN equipment upgrades) and OPEX (incremental bandwidth costs). Not only is the DMS able to significantly improve the performance of all high-speed traffic traversing Hyper-scale WANs, it is also a financially sound investment, with a typical return on investment in a sub-year timeframe.

“We have seen just about every imaginable component sitting at the ends of large WAN links get remodeled to be more powerful and less costly but customers are still forced to glue it together using yesterday’s very expensive, inefficient connection – raw bandwidth,” remarked Denis Martin, CTO, Navisite. “Having seen what it can do first hand, the Infineta DMS will make your current inter-data center WAN link feel like a dial-up modem.”

"We're growing rapidly and the data we need to support our operations is growing even faster," said Alexei Rodriguez, VP of Operations, Proofpoint. "Products like the Infineta DMS enable the cost-effective and reliable movement of that data across our data center infrastructure at a scale that others can't match. I've been very impressed with what I've seen."

The First Generation of WAN Optimization Solutions
Over the last decade, the combination of IT consolidation and end user dispersion has led to a situation where the distance separating users from application servers became a major pain point. User dissatisfaction and plummeting productivity were further exacerbated by the fact that the underlying protocols used by a majority of enterprise applications were never intended to run over limited bandwidth, high latency WANs. A number of software-based WAN optimization appliances entered the market to address this application responsiveness problem faced by branch users.

Branch WAN optimization tackles what is described in networking jargon as the ‘north/south’ traffic pattern - the pattern of network traffic as it enters a data center from a remote location, makes its way to a server resource, and then back out. The focus is on optimizing end-user connections, often numbering in the thousands or tens of thousands, across low bandwidth, high latency WAN links. While the nature of the branch WAN optimization problem continues to evolve, the core challenge remains the same: optimize connections between users and a diverse set of business applications hosted in a remote data center.

Era of ‘East/West’ Traffic and Hyper-scale WANs
Driven by the rapid adoption of server virtualization, the advent of the “cloud” and business continuity technologies, today’s data center is undergoing a fundamental transformation. This shift is readily apparent on the data center LAN, where network architects are abandoning multi-tier, switching architectures in favor of a “flatter” network to better support the high volume, low latency communication prevalent between resources. These new traffic flows are best described as “east/west” in nature, with connections running between servers, storage arrays, and other network devices. Compared to “north/south” traffic, “east/west” traffic is distinctly different in that it is limited only by the capacity of ever scaling “machines” such as computing and storage systems.

Additionally, “east/west” traffic is no longer confined to a solitary data center. “East/west” traffic growth has spilled onto the WAN connecting multiple data centers. Enterprises are realizing that treating their data centers as a unified resource pool provides greater availability, flexibility and cost-efficiency. In this interconnected data center model, the Hyper-scale WAN emerges as the lifeline that seamlessly connects resource pools across data centers.

Key requirements for the Hyper-scale WAN are unique and straightforward. Improving inter-data center WAN performance invariably entails delivering improved scalability for critical applications (such as replication, long distance ‘live’ migrations, massive file transfers, and Big Data) that require high-capacity, expensive WAN circuits that must increasingly support ever increasing traffic volumes.

Enter the Infineta Data Mobility Switch
Infineta’s DMS has been purpose-built for the Hyper-scale WAN, and is an industry-first in terms of the unique and unrivaled features that it delivers:

  •     Wire Speed, High-Efficacy Data Reduction – The DMS reduces multi-gigabit traffic by as much as 5x or more, while introducing a port-to-port latency overhead of only a few 10s of microseconds;
  •     Extremely High Per-Flow Throughput At Any Distance – For throughput-intensive, bursty traffic, the DMS supports 1Gbps+ speeds per flow at very large network latencies, making flow throughput independent of WAN latency;
  •     Packet Loss/Congestion Avoidance – By managing WAN resource allocation at the transport level instead of relying on archaic packet drop mitigation techniques to police send-rates, the DMS prevents congestion and contention due to multiple aggressive applications sharing the WAN;
  •     Future-Proof Scalability – With all DMS platforms able to support 10Gbps inputs, customers can choose to purchase a 2Gbps or 5Gbps model today and upgrade to 5Gbps or 10Gbps, respectively, at a future date through a simple software upgrade instead of requiring a disruptive forklift upgrade, making the DMS the most scalable WAN optimization solution in the market;
  •     True Invention – In the more than two decade history of dedupe, Infineta’s unique algorithm is the first and only commercial dedupe technology that is purpose-built for the next gen data center infrastructure.

"Infineta's DMS provides enterprise level optimization to satisfy the growing data-hungry replication between data centers,” stated Ginny Roth of ESG Lab. “ESG Lab's tests revealed impressive acceleration and data reduction for bandwidth intensive applications. With a design that is simple to deploy in the data center and at a cost that is a fraction of other solutions, Infineta has made a powerful entry into the WAN optimization market." (To view the full ESG Lab’s Infineta DMS Validation Report, please go to: http://www.infineta.com/esgreport.)

“Both emerging and established companies are evolving their network infrastructures as part of the transition over to a cloud era so that they can tap into the significant cost and performance benefits afforded by resource pooling, network convergence, and the simplification of IT services,” states Raj Kanaya, co-founder/CEO, Infineta Systems. “The premium in the next decade of IT will be the simplified and accelerated movement of massive amounts of data that underpins scale-out big data processing (compute), cross-site virtualization (server), and large volume data replication (storage). Infineta’s DMS makes this critical traffic move faster for significantly less cost.”

DMS Pricing and Availability
The Infineta DMS is available in capacity increments of 2Gbps, 5Gbps and 10Gbps, with pricing starting at $80,000. All enterprises and service providers with two or more data centers can use DMS systems to instantly improve their high traffic network, while realizing a sub-year investment payback. For a full data sheet containing a specification chart and feature details, please visit http://www.infineta.com.

About Infineta Systems
Based in San Jose, California, Infineta Systems is a privately-held provider of Hyper-scale WAN optimization systems. The company’s patent-pending Velocity Dedupe Engine™ delivers unprecedented levels of throughput, scalability and bandwidth capacity to support critical machine-scale workflows across the data center interconnect. Its flagship product, the Infineta Data Mobility Switch, accelerates multi-gigabit BCDR (business continuity/disaster recovery), cross-site virtualization, and Big Data traffic. The company is backed by Rembrandt Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.infineta.com.

Infineta, Infineta Systems, Data Mobility Switch, and Velocity Dedupe Engine are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infineta Systems, Inc., in the U.S. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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