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Corsa Brings Out New Virtual Services Support

May 23, 2016

Corsa Technology, by any standard, has been busy lately. We just saw the company bring out new tools for software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) use, and now, we've got new tools to look at in virtual switching. Corsa has also stepped up its support for virtual services with its new DP2000 network hardware virtualization platform.

Those putting the DP2000 to work will be able to partition Corsa hardware across several different software-defined networking (SDN) switches, and even in cases where the system is running at its maximum of 100 Gbps. This allows network switching elements to be split off into different functions, like virtual routing and switching.

At last report, Corsa developed this along with GEANT, and when the development forces of the duo combined, network administrators could make their own virtual network environments that could behave as though they were a physical 10G or 100G switch. Putting OpenFlow-capable switches to work in such a fashion gives hardware-based virtualization its best opportunity to shine.

GEANT's leader for network services development, Jerry Sobieski, commented “Creating user driven dynamic environments with virtualized switch creation is just one example where you can leverage true hardware virtualization. True hardware virtualization allows us to deliver new operational service models. Dynamic and application-specific SDN network environments can be created in seconds spanning many service providers and across a global footprint and all under direct user control. We can even create virtual switches with port counts that exceed the physical platform on which they exist. Fully virtual switching instances are a very powerful new extension to conventional SDN capabilities far superior to traditional port delegation.”

Such a system has several possibilities for use; with the improved OpenFlow capability, systems get better access to disaster recovery tools and even more efficient system upgrades. That's a wide variety of options, and a point that should make Corsa's new system especially desirable. When one item can serve a wide array of use cases, it's not surprising to see a wide number of users potentially interested in such tools. Corsa benefits here from not only having a system that will be welcomed in on several levels, but also, down the line, it will be able to use this wide user base as a means to establish credibility with future users.

Corsa should get a lot of value out of the DP2000 and its improvements, and in the process, so too should a lot of users. That's an outcome that means good news for all concerned, and should give Corsa  a new platform to work from that should serve it well for years to come.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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