High-end carrier-grade platforms extend ability of communications service providers to build high-performance, high-capacity, next-generation session delivery networks
BEDFORD, MA, MAY 3, 2011 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced the Net-Net 14000, a new high-end platform that will enable communications service providers to achieve higher operational efficiencies as they scale the deployment of next-generation IP communication services. Additionally, Acme Packet announced significant hardware enhancements to its chassis-based Net-Net 9200 that enable higher signaling performance, session capacity and system throughput, and provide enhanced management and accounting capabilities. The new Net-Net 14000, based on the industry-standard Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA), offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability for large service providers that standardize on ATCA’s blade-oriented approach. The Net-Net 9200 is enhanced with new, field-upgradeable, high-performance signaling and network processors, 10 Gbps network interface options and a new system management module.
“With the transition to VoIP still in its infancy, and voice over LTE set for explosive growth in the coming years, large service providers will need solutions to accommodate growing subscriber bases and new services while minimizing operational expenses,” said Greg Collins, Founder and CEO of Exact Ventures, a technology market intelligence and analytics firm. “The Net-Net 14000 and the new options for the Net-Net 9200 allow tier 1 service providers to choose the high-end system from Acme Packet that will address scalability and cost requirements as high-volume networks and services transition from TDM-based ‘calls’ to IP ‘sessions.’”
Acme Packet’s new Net-Net 14000 is a chassis-based system designed for large mobile and fixed-line, service provider session delivery networks. An ATCA-based chassis, the Net-Net 14000 satisfies the serviceability, manageability and redundancy required in large deployment environments. A highly-scalable solution, the Net-Net 14000 supports the high performance and capacity requirements of access and interconnects borders:
- Subscribers – 1.75 million
- SIP sessions (3 min call hold time) – 280,000
- System throughput – 35 Gbps
The Net-Net 14000 chassis, chassis components and modules are all based on ATCA standards as defined by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). The Net-Net 14000’s fourteen front and rear slots can be populated as needed with modules that leverage the same technology found in Acme Packet’s industry-leading Net-Net 4500. The Net-Net 14000 front card module, the MPU4500, operates the same version of Acme Packet’s Net-Net OS as the standalone Net-Net 4500 and supports the same product configurations. The MPU4500 also features integrated QoS measurement, hardware-accelerated TLS and IPsec and support for an optional storage expansion module used for call detail record (CDR) collection and storage. Net-Net 14000 network interface units (NIUs), which are installed in the rear slots and paired with MPU4500 modules, offer on-board encryption acceleration hardware.
The Net-Net 14000 also features ATCA-compliant chassis components to ensure high system availability and reduced cost of ownership:
- Redundant shelf manager and shelf ID modules;
- Choice of redundant load-sharing DC power or up to three load-sharing N:1 redundant AC power supplies;
- Three fan packs – load-sharing and N:1 redundant;
- Field-replaceable air filter;
- Shelf manager, MPU4500 and NIU modules each feature integrated management interfaces and LEDs for at-a-glance status.
New Net-Net 9200 hardware enhancements
Since its debut, Acme Packet’s Net-Net 9200 system has addressed high-end performance, capacity and availability requirements for large fixed and mobile service providers. Based on a unique distributed multi-processor architecture that tightly integrates Net-Net OS with the configured system hardware, the Net-Net 9200 now offers significantly increased signaling performance and media session capacity to raise overall Net-Net 9200 system throughput to 20Gbps, or four times that of the Net-Net 4500. New 10Gbs network interface options and second-generation system management hardware round out the new enhancements:
- A new signal processing unit, the SPU3, adds thirty percent or more call processing capacity to the Net-Net 9200;
- A new network processing unit, the NPU3, delivers a five-fold increase in Net-Net 9200 media session capacity to 20 Gbps;
- The 10 Gbps network interface units (NIU) also offer optional on-board SRTP or IPsec encryption hardware. The Net-Net 9200 supports two active 10 Gbps NIUs, with two additional NIUs operating in standby mode;
- A new management interface unit, the MIU2, supports a 500 GB storage expansion module for call detail record (CDR) backup as well as integrated IPsec for secure Net-Net 9200 management.
The Net-Net 9200 also includes high-capacity, hardware-based transcoding for a wide assortment of wireless and wireline codecs.
“Our goal in introducing the Net-Net 14000 and significantly enhancing the Net-Net 9200 is to address the increasing performance and capacity requirements of our large service provider customers,” said Seamus Hourihan, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. “With the growing adoption of end-to-end IP communications, we envision these high-end, carrier-grade platforms serving as the cornerstones for building large-scale, next-generation session delivery networks.”
About Acme Packet
Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 140 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,350 customers in 105 countries have deployed over 12,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 32 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.
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