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Interface Masters Technologies and ADARA to Preview High-Performance Switch Platform at Open Compute Summit 2014

Demonstration to feature integration of Niagara 2948-12XL OCP Open Compute Proposed Switch based on Broadcom's StrataXGS® Trident II and ADARA SDN software; creating ADARA Axis Switch System Product Line

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Interface Masters Technologies and ADARA to Preview High-Performance Switch Platform at Open Compute Summit 2014

Demonstration to feature integration of Niagara 2948-12XL OCP Open Compute Proposed Switch based on Broadcom's StrataXGS® Trident II and ADARA SDN software; creating ADARA Axis Switch System Product Line

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ADARA Networks®, a global software company in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) space, and Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in high-speed networking systems, announced their joint demonstration of a new end-to-end networking Switch platform at the Open Compute Summit. The new platform delivers on the Open Compute Project (OCP) vision of clean slate, vanity free, economic, efficient and scalable designs of open systems based upon open standards.

Championed by Facebook, Broadcom, Interface Masters and ADARA, the OCP is creating a set of networking technologies that are disaggregated and fully open, allowing for rapid innovation in the network space.

"Interface Masters is an exceptional company and partner, and has developed the leading hardware switch platform in the industry," said Eric Johnson, CEO, ADARA Networks. "By integrating our cutting-edge Axis Switch software product line with Interface Masters' Open Compute Proposed Switch, we are able to deliver a complete Physical +Virtual system that operates in both SDN and legacy mode, with industry-leading performance, power, and cost-efficiency which, for the first time, delivers on the vision of the Open Compute Project."

Visit ADARA and Interface Masters at the OCP Summit (January 28-29, 2014)

ADARA and Interface Masters will demonstrate the Switch platform at the OCP Summit, January 28-29, at the San JoseConvention Center.

The ADARA Axis system is based on Interface Masters' Niagara 2948-12XL OCP Open Compute Proposed Switch, which leverages Broadcom's StrataXGS® Trident II switch chip. The system features 1.2Tbps of bandwidth, non-blocking technology and ultra-low latency, and supports in excess of 960Gbps of traffic.

The ADARA Axis system also features high port density and modularity, and is configurable up to 72 ports of 10GbE or 48 ports of 10GbE, and up to 12 ports of 40GbE in a 1U form factor. To enable standard and server class Linux-based operating systems in the Open Switch Platform, the default Control & Application processor module is based on a quad-core x86 AMD Embedded G-Series SOC. This system is targeted to be used as a 10GbE Top of Rack (ToR) or Leaf Switch and is compliant with version 1.0 of the OCP Open Network Switch Specification.  The Niagara 2948-12LX-OCP is built for optimal versatility, enabling multiple fiber media configurations for QSFP+ and SFP+ connectivity.

The ADARA Axis switch platform includes Axis vSwitch which supports multiple merchant silicon platforms, enables dynamic customized data and control planes, features OpenFlow protocol support, and provides multiple extensions for enhanced virtualization. Axis is an Open Flow Switch built on a decoupled HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to support multiple merchant silicon platforms.

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading innovator of monitoring and networking equipment. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters develops 10GbE and 40GbE high technology solutions for data networking and visibility. Flagship product lines include high port density switches, Network Packet Brokers, specialized internal server adapter cards, external intelligent Network TAP, and Bypass switches. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe. For more information, please go to www.interfacemasters.com.

About ADARA Networks

ADARA Networks is the industry leader in software defined networking, virtual computing, and networking.  ADARA SDN is an entire Physical + Virtual (P+V) ecosystem -- an end-to-end, (Data Center, Network, Small Office, Home and Mobile User), production-ready solution for service providers and enterprises of all sizes and verticals.

ADARA SDN seamlessly works with any and all third-party SDN and legacy products, empowering customers to simultaneously and optimally financially engineer their profits while operationally managing their enterprise.  ADARA SDN delivers autonomic, dynamic management of services, and virtual and physical infrastructures. ADARA SDN enables customers to create any policies, dynamically creates and enforces rules and configurations, and enforces Service Level Agreement (SLA) performance.  For more information, please visit www.adaranetworks.com.

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Interface Masters Announces 1.28Tbps OCP Proposed Switch based on Broadcom’s StrataXGS® Trident II

Niagara 2948-12XL delivers modular high port density switch with an x86 Control Plane Processor

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Interface Masters Announces 1.28Tbps OCP Proposed Switch based on Broadcom’s StrataXGS® Trident II

Niagara 2948-12XL delivers modular high port density switch with an x86 Control Plane Processor

San Jose, CA, December 17th, 2013 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in high speed networking systems, today announced an Open Computing Project (OCP) proposed switch, the Niagara 2948-12XL-OCP.  This high port density, modular switch can be configured with up to 72 ports of 10GbE or 48 ports of 10GbE and up to 12 ports of 40GbE in a 1U form factor.  The system is based on Broadcom’s StrataXGS® Trident II switch chip with 1.2Tbps of bandwidth, non-blocking technology, low latency and can handle up to 960Gbps of traffic.  To enable standard and server class Linux based operating systems in the Open Switch Platform, the default Control & Application processor module is based on a quad-core x86 AMD Embedded G-Series SOC.  This system is targeted to be used as a 10GbE Top of Rack (ToR) or Leaf Switch and is compliant with version 1.0 of the OCP Open Network Switch Specification.  The Niagara 2948-12LX-OCP is built for optimal versatility enabling multiple fiber media configurations for QSFP+ and SFP+ connectivity.

The high capacity switching platform supports an optional Data Plane Processor (DPP) Module to enable specialized network functions such as L4-L7 processing based on Broadcom XLP432 CPU.  By enabling the use of embedded as well as server class standard Linux distributions as the foundation for the network operating systems that  run on this platform, a plethora of software defined networking (SDN) applications such as network automation, network monitoring, network instrumentation, network virtualization as well as specialized network functions can be deployed.

The proposed Open Switch Platform is optimized for cost and power and meets the requirements for Leaf and Spine Switches that can be used by large data centers, cloud computing and telecom service providers. It has been designed in a 1U form factor to maximize the space in the rack.

"This new launch takes white-box switching one step further and re-iterates that the standardization of networking hardware is here to stay,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Business, Cumulus Networks.  “This is a boon to the OCP White Box vision and also supports ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) and the advancement of networking in the modern data center.”

Based on Broadcom’s Trident II chip, the Niagara 2948-12XL is able to have high packet buffer utilization and burst absorption performance using innovative traffic load-based intelligent and dynamic allocation schemes.  Utilizing the Trident II chip, this switch is able to have one of the highest bandwidth and port density in the industry, which will enable more affordable and higher performing networks at an unprecedented number of server and storage endpoints, applications and users.

“We are proud to work with Broadcom and introduce this high bandwidth and cost optimized platform to support the OCP initiative”, stated Ben Askarinam founder and CEO of Interface Masters, “The Niagara 2948-12XL CPU flexibility will allow companies to adapt third party software or develop their own switching stack while keeping the hardware cost to a minimum.  Interface Masters’ local manufacturing allows support for low and mid volume and flexible configurations which will enable even small corporations to adopt the OCP architecture.”

“AMD is excited to collaborate with Broadcom and Interface Masters to power the Niagara 2948-12XL-OCP switch with our Embedded G-Series SOC,” said Kamal Khouri, director of embedded products, AMD. “The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC provides the CPU power for the control plane protocols while leaving substantial headroom for application expansion, all while running at low-power and at the right cost.”

The Niagara 2948-12XL provides:

  • Broadcom Trident II, Non-blocking switching architecture
  • Less than 500 nanosecond latency
  • Up to 72 ports of 10GE/1GE, up to 960Gbps throughput
  • Supports SFP, SFP+ and/or QSFP
  • Modular control CPU supporting X86, MIPS, PPC and ARM architectures
  • 1U chassis with dual removable power supplies supporting AC and DC

Pricing and Availability
The product is available as hardware only platform.  For more information, please contact the Interface Master’s sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow the link: 2948-12XL

About Interface Masters Technologies
Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet network access and network connectivity solutions that integrate with monitoring systems, inline networking appliances, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration, and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include PacketMasters, specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, Smart NICs, Managed switches, 10 Gigabit and 40Gb external intelligent Network TAP and Active Bypass and failover systems that increase network visibility capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. Company Headquarters is located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.
For more information please go to www.interfacemasters.com

INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Introduces 40G PCI-e Smart Network Adapter for Network Security Appliances, Servers and Storage

Niagara 510 Multi-Core Smart Network Adapter Boosts Packet-Processing in High Speed Monitoring, Security and Networking Equipment

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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Introduces 40G PCI-e Smart Network Adapter for Network Security Appliances, Servers and Storage

Niagara 510 Multi-Core Smart Network Adapter Boosts Packet-Processing in High Speed Monitoring, Security and Networking Equipment

Las Vegas, NV -Black Hat Conference- July 31stInterface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in high speed networking systems, today announced Niagara 510, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Smart Network Adapter.  This new addition to Interface Masters’ existing Smart NIC family fully offloads secure network services, packet classification and network protocol processing from host CPUs to handle up to 40 Gbps of high speed network traffic.

This Smart Network Adapter comes in PCI-e form factor and is tuned to optimize Networking and Security Appliances, Servers and Storage Systems.  The Niagara 510 utilizes a multi-core architecture to address high speed networking applications. With four 10Gb fiber interfaces, up to 16GByte of DDR3, and PCI-e x8 in a half-length PCI-Express form factor, this PCI-e adapter addresses a broad range of applications for developing Intelligent networking platforms. The Niagara 510 will enable the market to meet the growing demand for intelligent network acceleration and application offload for converged datacenter applications such as storage, security, DDoS, deep packet inspection (DPI), Firewall, WAN Optimization, and application delivery computing.

"As demand has continued to rise for high speed packet processing, Interface Masters has answered the call to come out with a high performing piece of equipment to address this market," stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. "This powerful smart NIC has the flexibility to address the needs of a variety of applications including data security, traffic classification, and software defined networks (SDN).”

The Niagara 510 supports application classification, extensive filtering, load balancing of high speed traffic and other packet processing functions.  It is designed for system integrators and server providers that support the Telecommunications, ISP, IT Network Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets.

Availability

Niagara 510 is available for evaluation and volume production and supplied with an extensive SDK supporting Linux and bare metal OS.  The product is being presented at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas. If you would like more information about the card or would like to set up a meeting at Black Hat please contact the Interface Master's sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet network access and network connectivity solutions that integrate with monitoring systems, inline networking appliances, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration, and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include PacketMastersspecialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, Smart NICs, Managed switches, 10 Gigabit and 40Gb external intelligent Network TAP and Active Bypass and failover systems that increase network visibility capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. Company Headquarters is located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.

Interface Masters Launches High Port Density Modular Passive Tap with up to Twenty-Five Passive TAP Segments

Niagara 3225PT provides up to twelve 40GbE or twenty-five 1GbE/10GbE network TAP segments

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Interface Masters Launches High Port Density Modular Passive Tap with up to Twenty-Five Passive TAP Segments

Niagara 3225PT provides up to twelve 40GbE or twenty-five 1GbE/10GbE network TAP segments

New York, NY, Interop, October 2nd, 2013 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, announces unique and high density 25 segment modular passive fiber Tap. The Niagara 3225PT provides up to 25 passive TAP segments supporting 1Gb fiber and 10Gb fiber, full duplex, zero packet loss, and passive network monitoring of critical network links. The tap operates passively in stealth operation and requires no power supply. The Niagara 3225PT is modular and can support a wide range of network types including 1GbE, 10Gb and 40Gb multi mode and single mode fiber.
Niagara 3225PT provides a copy of data flowing across a data link to out of band security and monitoring tools including:

  • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
  • Sniffers/Probes
  • Network Data Recorder
  • Application performance monitor
  • Traffic Analyzers
  • Network Performance Monitor

“Niagara 3225PT was designed for datacenters, service providers, tier 1 security providers, and enterprises to ensure network security and network monitoring devices can passively access each packet of network traffic on any data link to attain full visibility into mission critical networks,” states Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “By creating such a high port density Passive TAP, we are enabling these data centers to save space on the racks, time in managing less TAPs and money as a result of the purchase of fewer appliances.”
The Optical split ratio can be selected from a range of values and is factory configurable.

Availability

The Niagara 3225PT will be presented at the Interop show in New York, October 2nd-3rd at booth #632. The product is in production and available for evaluation.
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About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and visibility market including Bypass, TAP, switches and smart NICs products, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10GbE and 40GbE networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration, and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include PacketMaster®Network Packet Broker, specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, switches, 10Gb and 40Gb external intelligent Network TAP and Bypass and failover systems. Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.

INTERFACE MASTERS Announces Industry’s highest density 1/10/40 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting Inline Network Monitoring Devices

Niagara 2842 ensures network uptime, supporting up to sixteen network segments with active and passive failover and PacketMaster capabilities

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INTERFACE MASTERS Announces Industry’s highest density 1/10/40 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting Inline Network Monitoring Devices

Niagara 2842 ensures network uptime, supporting up to sixteen network segments with active and passive failover and PacketMaster capabilities

June 28th, 2013 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today announced an industry first, modular sixteen segment Intelligent Active Bypass and PacketMaster that can handle 1 Gigabit, (1 Gb), 10 Gigabit (10Gb) and 40 Gigabit (40Gb) Inline Network Monitoring Devices.  The active bypass feature enables seamless failover without interrupting the communication session in case of a software crash or link loss of an inline appliance while the passive bypass feature ensures that if there is a power failure that network traffic remains flowing.  The system also integrates PacketMaster capabilities that enable granular and accurate session based load-balancing of network traffic, mirroring of one to many or many to many ports, extensive filtering, packet slicing and aggregation of many to one port.  The 2.4Tbps backplane allows extensive processing of asymmetric traffic and session-based distribution to appliance ports without network interruption.

Niagara 2842’s leading edge active bypass capabilities ensure maximum uptime on any network-critical link and can handle up to 16 inline appliances in one system.  During normal and healthy in-line appliance operation of tools like IPS, IDS, Wan Acceleration Systems, DPI systems and Data Loss Prevention, Niagara 2842 routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance.  When Niagara 2842 detects an appliance malfunction such as a software crash, system failure or loss of power, the system fails open, diverting the network traffic away from the down appliance to maintain network connectivity.

“Over the past several years we have witnessed the exponential market growth of network bandwidth and associated monitoring needs and it was clear that there was imminent demand for a highly dense Bypass solution tuned to ensure full visibility, uptime and reliability,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies.  “Combined with our PacketMaster technology and equipped with sixteen modular segments, the Niagara 2842 provides an unprecedented offering in the market.”

Niagara 2842 provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Sixteen modular segments of Bypass and/or PacketMaster
  • Active Bypass in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Filtering, aggregation, mirroring, packet slicing and load balancing
  • 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Multi Mode and Single mode support
  • Dual AC or DC Redundant, hot-swappable internal power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • TACACS+ authentication and Syslog support
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL certifiable

Availability

The system is introduced with 1Gb, 10Gb and 40Gb capabilities. The product is available for evaluation and will be in production August 2013.

For pricing information, please contact the Interface Master’s sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow the link: http://www.interfacemasters.com/products/2842.html

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the high speed networking market including Bypass, TAP, switches and smart NICs products, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration, and other mission-critical IT and security appliances.  Flagship product lines include PacketMaster® hardware load-balancers, specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, switches, 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP and Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability.  Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.