More importantly, Extreme seems to be giving away custom skateboards.
Low latency is a big topic at Interop. Kevin Kennedy, CEO of Avaya Inc. , ex-CEO of JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU), apparently brought it up during his Interop keynote this morning.
It's a different technological question than sheer interface speed, and the answers can involve some tradeoffs. For example, Infinera can push low latency by using native wavelengths; each Gigabit or 10-Gbit/s Ethernet stream would get its own wavelength. It's less efficient than the normal packing of traffic, but it's appropriate if speed is paramount.
Infinera also introduced new dispersion compensation technology meant to remove coils of dispersion-compensating fiber from the network. Those coils added length to the fiber that signals had to traverse -- kilometers-worth, in some cases, says Chris Liou, Infinera vice president of network strategy.
"People are looking for faster and faster information delivery, and now they even care about how many nanoseconds you're providing them," Liou says.
Low latency is obviously of interest in financial trading, where milliseconds of advantage can translate into higher profits. But Liou says the topic is also arising in undersea networks.
It comes with different views, so that operators can check capacity down to individual VLANs and provision upgrades as appropriate. (Or unleash the salespeople to sell upgrades.)
The CyMS managment system is a big part of Cyan's pitch, because it looks into the packet and optical layers. The tools only view Cyan's own equipment, though. The plan is to incorporate other vendors' products, starting with Cyan's partners, but that's going to take a year or two. "Definitely not 2010" for the heat map, says Frank Wiener, vice president of marketing and business development.
The first Xelerated/Accton product is a switch for the access network. It's got 44 Gigabit Ethernet ports and four 10-Gbit/s uplink ports.
Tarari's task is to determine the application that's causing a particular packet stream -- an easier job than security "because you don't have to look at the whole flow; you just have to look enough to recognize what it is," says John Bromhead, a member of LSI's marketing team for networking components. As a result, LSI says the T2500 can handle application recognition in a 100-Gbit/s flow, but if you use it for security, the chip's speed goes down to 20 Gbit/s.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading