Are 100GE transceivers suitable for an aggregation switch?

By the end of 2015, 100GE equipment will be widely deployed and will not only become a significant portion of telecom core routers, but will also be found in aggregation switches. It will perform in “bump in the wire” DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) applications as high-end firewalls, low full interception, and QoE  (Quality of Experience) service management. As with new standards in general, we need to ask, “What will be the ultimate form factor of the optical transceiver that can deliver this new standard, and can it support a wide variety of…

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What is the 100GE ATCA switch that we need today?

Though chassis and backplane vendors have announced support for 100Gb/s over the backplane (100GE), it does not appear that this capability will be required in the immediate future. In fact, it might be overkill for the time being. Just recently, Intel announced the general availability of the Fortville, a 40GE (and not nearly a 100GE) NIC, while other chipset vendors are not even able to deliver Fortville’s level of throughput. Furthermore, even if NICs are able to offer full 40GE backplane ports, this does not assure us that applications can…

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Can an ATCA switch be used for SDN?

Software-Defined Networking’s vision is to separate the network’s control plane from the data plane and to encourage two layers of equipment: (1) simple, “bare metal” switches throughout the network running OpenFlow/NETCONF and (2) centralized SDN controllers to manage the data path. The controllers constitute the smart engines that carry a virtually unlimited quantity of Ethernet links to connect the simple switches running along the data path. The SDN controllers participate in a network that supports OpenFlow and NETCONF capabilities. They also reserve room for high-level applications such as load balancers and…

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How to use an ATCA switch in the era of NFV?

While NFV attempts to put future Telecom in software-based virtual network functions (VNFs), rendering them hardware-independent, can service providers ignore their hardware? Is there still a place for ATCA platforms and switches in the NFV era? At this stage in Telecom network evolution, orchestrators and controllers do not provide the necessary level of reliability and still have not solved all the redundancy challenges. Telcos are still likely to deploy carrier-grade hardware to ensure the reliability of network functions. We also have to consider network-edge functions that are localized in Points…

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ATCA Summit 2012

At the ATCA Summit 2012 in California, it was evident that 40G AdvancedTCA® solutions are ready for mass deployments, and that the demand for 40G switching blades is growing. Few ATCA solutions providers presented 40GE solutions in the 2011 show. Telco Systems, a pioneer in ATCA solutions, was among the few leaders to present such products, including the release of its award winning T-ATCA404 switch blade. With the completion of the 40G PICMG specification in 2012, more 40GE capable elements (blades, chassis and others) have been introduced. One interesting example is payload blades. We…

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Where is the bottleneck in AdvancedTCA solutions?

AdvancedTCA architecture has become a stream line option for variety of vendors and applications including LTE RAN, security, cloud services, policy access control, IPTV, IMS and other deep packet inspection.  Telco Systems has deployed its networking solution worldwide with variety of carriers and we knew that one of the toughest thing for application developer will be to handle the switching solution. So we invested very early (in fact we were the first company to have ATCA based solution in the market in 2004) a lot of efforts to take our…

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What is AdvancedTCA and its deployment challenges

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA®) specifications are a series of PICMG (http://www.picmg.org/) specifications which target the requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment.  Based on PICMG 3.X specifications, AdvancedTCA solutions incorporate the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies and next-generation processors that support high reliability, availability and serviceability. Central to the ATCA architecture is the ATCA switch blade that provides inter-connectivity and external connectivity between ATCA peripheral line cards, the chassis, the management components and the backplane. Telco Systems’ AdvancedTCA switch blades offer not only…

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Best Software Product at ATCA Summit

Telco Systems brings home ATCA Award for its BiNOX operating system which powers the Company’s ATCA T-HUB switch blades.  The award was presented at the ATCA Summit event, held in San Jose November 1 and 2. BiNOX is a carrier grade Real Time Operating System (RTOS) incorporated in the Company’s newest ATCA T-HUB4 switch blade.  BiNOX addresses the performance and scalability challenges for 40G applications such as LTE, security, cloud services, policy access control, IPTV, IMS and deep packet inspection. These new applications create highly variable bandwidth demands and traffic…

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AdvancedTCA today and tomorrow

Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA or AdvancedTCA) is a standardized platform architecture for carrier-grade and high demand telecommunication applications. Its goal is to provide a higher level of performance and scalability using an open, multi-vendor architecture. Basically ATCA is all about Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS). If you are unfamiliar with this standard and want to know more, you can find a wealth of information on this website. The advantage of ATCA is that it has a high level of design flexibility and modularity.  ATCA enables the use of any…

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