SOURCE: Teak Technologies

May 14, 2008 09:00 ET

Teak Technologies Introduces the R3000, a New Category of Applications-Centric AZ-10GE Top-of-Rack Switching Solution for the Data Center Access Layer

Targeted at Accelerating Performance of Distributed and Virtualized Server and Storage Applications, the R3000 Also Offers Unrivalled Price-Performance With up to Eighty 10GE Links in 1RU Chassis on an Equivalent Basis

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - At the BladeSystems Insight Conference here today, Teak Technologies announced the availability of a new category of top-of-rack (ToR) AZ-10GE switching solution, the R3000, purpose-built for orchestrating the performance of distributed and virtualized server and storage data center applications.

When deployed in an Acceleration Zone, the 20-port R3000 delivers performance of up to eighty (80) ordinary 10GE links per Rack Unit on an equivalent basis. Each R3000 AZ-10GE port can be up to 4-times more efficient in application throughput and latency performance than an ordinary 10GE port on best-of-breed switches.

"Networks are no longer just about lines and feeds," said Carson Chen, ceo & chairman of Teak Technologies. "We are excited to launch the R3000 at a blade sever conference specifically to highlight the growing importance of network-orchestrated application performance improvements."

"Innovative networking solutions that improve price-performance will allow organizations to leverage virtualization and multi-core processors to their economic advantage and drive increasing 10GE adoption rate," said Neil Rickard, research vice president, Network and Communications at Gartner. "We are starting to see innovative solutions emerge in this market and are increasingly focusing our attention on this very important trend."

The R3000: AZ-10GE Top-of-Rack Standalone Switch

Designed as a server- and storage-access switch, the R3000 expands the Acceleration Zone footprint to a rack-level and may be used in "top-of-rack," "adjacent-rack," and some "end-of-row" configurations.

The R3000 offers the following capabilities:

Acceleration Zone-10GE Switching Mode: The R3000 is a member of Teak's growing portfolio of innovative AZ-10GE switching solutions, which implement a comprehensive suite of cutting-edge algorithms designed for accelerating applications performance over short- and mid-haul data center networks. Some of the R3000 technologies include Priority Pause-based flow control, end-to-end Congestion Notification(s), Protracted Drop, and inter-hop mechanisms for dynamic Credit-Based Bandwidth Management and reservation.

High-Performance Ordinary 10GE Switching Mode: In this mode, the R3000 delivers best-in-class non-blocking line-rate, low latency switching performance.

Simplification via Unified I/O: In the AZ-10GE switching mode, the R3000 delivers optimal performance for throughput, latency and reliability, which simplifies application I/O connectivity at a rack-level, cabling, management, and overall network complexity.

Virtualization and Application Mobility Services: The R3000 is ideally suited in distributed environments that demand mobility of virtualized applications and software systems images across pooled server and storage resources on demand.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE): The R3000 works with all standards-based FCoE server and storage end-points and gateways. When paired with suitable FCoE-capable end-points, the R3000 improves load-invariant FCoE performance in stringent data center environments.

Access-Layer Virtualizer (ALV): ALV enables the R3000 to serve as a host-proxy for all server and storage attach points across its ports. The ALV shrinks the Spanning Tree domain by one level thereby allowing distribution/core switches full access to R3000 bandwidth.

Applications Acceleration Zone

An Applications Acceleration Zone is to a data center as a "clean room" is to a semiconductor facility, or an "operating room" to a hospital. Operationally structured as a network overlay, an Acceleration Zone offers an isolated environment with tightly controlled levels of prevailing artifacts that reduce application performance. An Acceleration Zone enables distributed and virtualized server and storage applications to maintain their vital performance signs across a unified data center-wide network.

In a historical first, Teak's AZ-10GE technology allows Ethernet to operate optimally and reliably with full link utilization, no packet loss, and low latency while ensuring high levels of application availability and predictability. LANs based on AZ-10GE allow performance-impacting traffic to cut through all networking artifacts including congestion. Innovative IT managers substitute AZ-10GE for ordinary 10GE in mission critical applications with stringent requirements for performance, reliability, and predictability. AZ-10GE LANs have 4x fewer links -- optimally utilized to their capacity, consume up to 4x less power, are simpler to manage, and reduce time-to-profitability.


AZ-10GE switching solutions can be deployed everywhere in the data center -- from within a blade server chassis, to aggregating server and storage traffic at a rack-level, and then to scaling linearly across the entire access layer. Innovative Acceleration Zone portals, implemented via Teak's gateway appliances, also enable applications with ordinary 1GE and 10GE connectivity to participate in the Acceleration Zone without requiring any fork-lift upgrades.

Self-Adjusting Performance

An Applications Acceleration Zone self-adjusts to maintain peak performance at all times while adapting to changes in application traffic mix/volume, network round-trip time (RTT), network topology, and equipment add/moves.

"Data center networks are set for transformation at a fundamental level," said Sanjay Dua, chief marketing officer at Teak Technologies. "A new era dawns where networks will increasingly orchestrate the performance of distributed and virtualized server and storage applications thereby optimizing the very design rules by which they are built. We are delivering such solutions at commercial-grade quality levels today. As solution providers, we are enabling our customers in making an evolutionary shift towards such applications-centric network architectures."

About Teak Technologies

Teak Technologies' pioneering AZ-10GE switching solutions transform data center networks into an Applications Acceleration Zone. These solutions deliver theoretically optimal performance levels and simplify networks that interconnect compute and storage end-points in mid-to-large, heterogeneous IT environments consisting of the world's leading blade server platforms, rack servers, distributed storage clusters, and IT processes. Teak's expanding portfolio of AZ-10GE and AZ-1GE switching solutions is at various stages of deployment with Tier-1 OEMs, financial institutions, research universities, telecommunication carriers, and IPTV/cable service providers worldwide. More information about Teak Technologies is available at

Acceleration Zone, AZ-10GE, Applications Acceleration Network, Applications Acceleration Zone, Congestion-Free Ethernet, Congestion-Free Zone are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Teak Technologies, Inc. All other brand/product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

© 2008 Teak Technologies, Inc.

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