Array Networks launches AVX Series Network Functions Platform

Purpose-built systems and third-party ecosystem allow enterprises and service providers to reconcile the desire for agility with the need for performance

 Array Networks announces the immediate availability of its new AVX Series Network Functions Platform at Interop ITX. The AVX Series is a line of purpose-built, virtualized hardware systems designed for multi-tenancy and engineered to host multiple Array and third-party virtual application delivery, networking and security functions while maintaining guaranteed performance.

As data centers grow in complexity and expectations, networking and security professionals are looking for ways to gain agility through software-centric approaches; however, many still rely on hardware to meet the requirements of business-critical operations.

Array’s Network Functions Platform eliminates this trade-off, combining the best attributes of dedicated hardware, virtualization and software-centric computing to create an environment that provides guaranteed performance for networking and security virtual appliances.

Enterprises and service providers can transition to an agile approach without sacrificing the performance needed for business-critical applications. Racks of legacy gear can be consolidated to reduce space, power and cooling costs. Services can be provisioned on demand with guaranteed SLAs and security need not compromise the user experience.

As noted by the research firm Gartner, “NFV services significantly improve enterprise network agility; allow enterprises to rapidly deploy functionality to new locations, without large numbers of specialty appliances; support changes in bandwidth at locations, without having to replace devices; and enable deployment of new capabilities network wide, in minutes, under software control.”

The AVX Series Network Functions Platform hosts Array application delivery virtual appliances, such as load balancing and SSL VPN, as well as best-of-breed networking and security virtual appliances from third-party vendors. With Array’s virtualized hardware environment and a growing partner ecosystem, businesses can reconcile the desire for agility with the need for performance.

“Organizations are moving toward software-centric technologies, but are faced with challenges in guaranteeing performance for virtual application delivery, networking and security functions,” said James Kwon, Array’s Senior Director of Product Management for Network Functions Platforms. “With our new AVX Series, network engineers can kickstart NFV projects without the need to be experts in servers, hypervisors and SR-IOV technologies.”

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