Vyatta Shatters 10Gigabit Price and Performance Curve with New Appliances

Powerful New Hardware Based on Intel® Architecture Makes Open Networking Viable for High-End Datacenters and the Service Provider Edge

Belmont, CA – Vyatta, the leader in open networking and network virtualization, today announced the Vyatta 3500 series of appliances. Delivering 20 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) bidirectional performance, these devices offer the routing, firewall and VPN functionality required for large datacenters and Service Provider borders. By combining Vyatta’s award-winning open networking software with Intel’s latest generation microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, Vyatta 3500 appliances deliver 10 Gbps networking capability at one-twentieth the price of proprietary alternatives, radically altering the price/performance landscape of the entire industry.

Intel recently used Vyatta software to benchmark the power of their latest generation microarchitecture for networking. The public results state, “The revolutionary performance gains from Intel multi-core processors can be applied to data plane, control plane and service application workloads, producing impressive results.” The benchmark demonstrated clearly that “one Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series with quad-core technology can readily process 20 Gbps traffic and still have CPU capacity.” It also notes, “Solutions can scale by just adding processor cores and network adapters.”

Designed to address the performance and availability requirements of large networks, the Vyatta 3500 series supports a complete set of features and applications required to connect, protect and optimize today’s application-intensive network environments. From enterprise and service provider WAN routing and security to high-performance firewall, VPN and intrusion protection at the branch or datacenter, the 3500 series offer a flexible, scalable appliance-based open networking solution —all at a very small fraction of the cost of a comparable Cisco offering.

“Vyatta 3500 Series appliances are a continuation of Vyatta’s clear drive into the most demanding enterprise and service provider networks,” said Tom McCafferty, director of marketing for Vyatta. “The sheer scalability of Vyatta’s open networking operating system combined with Intel’s newest generation of processors allows us to push through the 10 Gbps barrier of routing and security at one-twentieth the cost of comparable Cisco solutions. There is no clearer evidence that networking can enjoy the same economic benefits delivered by the x86 ecosystem, which dwarfs that of any proprietary hardware vendor.”

The Vyatta 3500 series are compact 2U, energy efficient appliances that offer hardware redundancy via integrated hardware / software RAID and redundant hot swap power supplies to ensure maximum reliability and uptime. The appliances, based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series with quad-core technology, will be offered in two models (Vyatta 3510 and Vyatta 3520) supporting up to 20Gbps bidirectional throughput and over 3,000,000 packets per second forwarding performance.

Availability and Pricing
Vyatta 3500 series open network appliances will be available in January of 2010 with a starting price of $4,595.