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Array AVX Series Platforms Gain New Models and Additional Flexibility to Enable Hyperconverged Networking and Security for Enterprises and MSPs


AVX x800 Series and Release 2.7 Innovations include OpenStack Nova
support and high-performance models with turbocharged SSL and ECC as
well as 40G NIC support

Networks Inc.
, the network functions platform company, today
announced the latest version of its groundbreaking AVX Series Network
Functions Platforms with dozens of new and enhanced capabilities as well
as new high-performance models that offer enhanced SSL and ECC-encrypted
traffic throughput as well as support for 40 GbE network interfaces.
Array's Network Functions Platforms are hyperconverged appliances that
are designed specifically to run networking and security virtual
appliances (VAs) while addressing the most difficult challenges of
network services virtualization that face enterprises and managed
service providers (MSPs).

The hybrid architecture of Array AVX platforms is unique in the industry
and provides significant differentiation. AVX platforms (a) provide
software-centric agility of a COTS server while retaining guaranteed
hardware performance of a network appliance, (b) automate complex VA
provisioning tasks to reduce time from months to minutes, (c) provide a
vendor neutral platform that allows running any Array VAs, third party
VAs and OpenSource VAs at scale, and (d) drive down the cost of HW and
SW, as well as space, power, cooling and provisioning.

The new AVX5800, AVX7800 and AVX9800 appliances offer up to 10x
improvement in ECC SSL processing and up to 2x performance increase
across a number of core metrics. The new appliances also offer optional
40 GbE network interfaces. Existing AVX x600 Series appliances will
remain available for the foreseeable future.

The AVX 2.7 software release allows flexible VA resource assignment,
allowing administrators to choose either one of the standard default
instance sizes as before, or fine-tune system resources for the specific
needs of individual VAs. For applications such as next-generation
firewalls and web application firewalls, the latest software also
supports promiscuous mode, port mirroring and other functions with
enhanced performance.

The latest software release includes multiple other new features and
enhancements, such as the ability to backup and restore AVX
configurations and VA images via USB, a new online repository for VA
software images, support for DHCP relay, and more. AVX 2.7 software is
also backward compatible with existing AVX x600 Series appliance models.

AVX 2.7 also includes a plug-in for integration with OpenStack, a widely
deployed open-source software platform for cloud computing. Using
OpenStack, network administrators can create, instantiate, manage,
adjust and terminate VAs, allowing complete lifecycle management of
networking and security VAs in an OpenStack environment. Array's
platform serves as an OpenStack Compute (Nova) node through a new
hypervisor driver.

"Networking and security teams, whether in the enterprise or the MSP
space, must become cloud-relevant, and the chief obstacles to attaining
this goal have been complexity, performance and cost," said Milind
Kulkarni, senior director of product management for Array Networks.
"With this new release, the AVX Series offers even more flexibility and
simplicity in deployment of networking and security virtual appliances
as well as even more robust performance, all while reducing costs for
power, cooling and space by consolidating multiple functions onto a
single hyperconverged appliance."

About Array Networks

Array Networks, the network functions platform company, solves
performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward
virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered
in Silicon Valley, Array addresses the growing market demand for Network
Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric
networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments,
Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers
and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers
agility at scale. To learn more, visit:

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