Lightstorm Networks launch low-cost switches

04 Dec 2008

Lightstorm Networks has launched its low-cost, low-power Brooklyn-XLA family of access switches, which enable next-generation packet network services with carrier-grade Ethernet silicon.

Equipped with an integrated traffic manager, the Brooklyn-XLA switches leverage IP from the industry's first purpose-built carrier Ethernet switch -- the Brooklyn-10 -- and extend features to address Ethernet access platforms in the wireless backhaul, network termination and service demarcation space.

Glen Hunt, principal analyst at Current Analysis, said that enterprises and service providers are looking to Ethernet technologies for solutions amid massive increases in network capacity and bandwidth that will be required to meet the performance needed by applications such as video streaming, VPN, telepresence, mobile broadband and storage extension.

"Service providers also need to drastically reduce their costs to deploy new services," Hunt said. "The Brooklyn-XLA offer a standards-based Ethernet solution that equipment vendors can quickly leverage to deliver the next generation of products that meets the challenges of mobile and fixed line services cost effectively."

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