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Aricent Collaborating To Build The Next-Generation Carrier And Data Center Networks

Aricent today announced its new feature rich software – Intelligent Switch Software (ISS) – that is based on the aricentIntel® Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 Family. Aricent’s ISS software has 10+ years of successful history, with over 100 clients worldwide. ISS is used by Tier 1 OEM clients to build switches and routers. It is deployed in large data centers and carrier networks.

Aricent ISS software is a complete Network Operating System, with features including chassis management, system startup infrastructure, portable Library for OS abstraction, persistent database, and hardware abstraction layer to support Intel Ethernet Controllers including FM10000 and FM6000. The software also supports hardened L2 features including VLAN, RSTP, LACP and IGMP, scalable routing through OSPF, BGP, multicast (PIM SM, DM) software and both IPv4 and IPv6. ISS management software provides SSH, SNMP and CLI interfaces. Aricent’s data center software provides DCBX, LLDP, PFC, ETS, VXLAN gateway, Ethernet VPN (eVPN) and fiber channel switch infrastructure (NPV, NPIV Modes) and FCF functions for blade systems. Aricent’s ISS also enables next generation networking through OpenFlow, NETCONF and YANG management interfaces.

As part of the collaboration, Aricent’s ISS has been ported on the Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 Family, providing advanced Ethernet switch capabilities for NFV and data center applications. The software has two variations. Aricent ported its software to the Intel® Open Network Platform 2.0 using the standard Linux netlike interfaces. It provides our clients’ an option to choose from open source or Aricent’s ISS field hardened software for control plane of switch. Another option is to use Aricent ISS integration over Intel® Ethernet Switch (IES) APIs.

“Aricent ISS availability on the Intel® Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 family strengthens our collaboration and commitment to bring the right solution to emerging networking requirements from data center infrastructure and NFV segments,” said Pratyush Dasgupta, Vice President Engineering at Aricent. “It significantly reduces time to build next generation, high performance networking blades for our customers.”

Aricent has used Intel Ethernet Controllers in its products since 2008 and was the first ISV to bring its ISS switch software on FM4000 and FM6000 families to enable low latency 10G switches.

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