Alcatel-Lucent Brings Mesh to Wired Networks
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While the term "mesh" is also used in the wireless networking industry, the Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) mesh is not related.
"Here we use the word mesh as it's more related to the mathematical concept of a fully connected graph as opposed to anything to do with the wireless portfolio," Cliff Grossner, director of product marketing, networking at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise told InternetNews.com.
The Alcatel-Lucent mesh update includes an updated AOS (Alcatel-Lucent Operating System), which is based on Linux. There is also a new OmniSwitch 6900 top-of-rack switch, and the OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager is being introduced as part of the overall update.
With five pods and two OmniSwitch 10K core switches, Grossner noted that you could have 14,400 server facing ports, with a maximum switching capacity of 169 Terabits per second while using only 7 watts per port. Aggregate latency of the mesh can be kept under five microseconds.