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Altran to be the First Commercial Network Operating System to Support Marvell’s Leading-Edge Data Center Switches

Santa Clara, CA - Altran’s Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) has become the first commercial network operating system (NOS) to support the Marvell® Prestera® CX 8500 family of fully integrated Ethernet switches, architected to meet the distinctive data center requirements needed for connected intelligence, edge computing, and 5G applications. Altran and Marvell will jointly demonstrate the combined solutions from May 28, 2019, to June 01, 2019, during COMPUTEX Taipei 2019, one of the world’s largest computer and technology trade shows.

Extending Altran’s successful relationship with Marvell, the Altran ISS now includes support for the Marvell Prestera CX 8500 switch portfolio, scaling up to 12.8 terabits per second. The combination of the Marvell Prestera CX 8500 and the Altran ISS delivers a feature-rich, production-grade switch platform across networking verticals. Specific to the data center segment, the Marvell Prestera CX 8500 family offers unprecedented flow visibility and analytics with its Storage Aware Flow Engine (SAFE) technology. It enables a reduction in network layers by leveraging Marvell’s high-radix switch core technology known as Forwarding Architecture using Slices of Terabit Ethernet Routers (FASTER).

SAFE facilitates virtual storage orchestration on the Marvell Prestera CX 8500 family by providing greater insight into network flows with per-flow visibility, advanced telemetry, and comprehensive diagnostics that identify and resolve network congestion. The gNMI-enabled advanced network monitoring features of the ISS are designed to optimize the Prestera CX 8500’s dedicated hardware engines, which have programmability to address the latest telemetry packet formats and monitoring data exporting methods such as INT, iOAM and TAM.

Altran, the global leader in engineering and R&D services, developed ISS as a highly portable and modular software architecture that supports a wide range of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and network processing units (NPUs) and interfaces for the development of intelligent Ethernet switching and routing applications. Both hardware and operating system agnostic, ISS supports a wide range of standards for advanced routing, switching and management features, data center features, and 5G mobility infrastructure. It delivers high performance and scalability through containers and microservices-based architecture.

“Altran’s ISS is an integral part of more than 100 products from leading networking and telecom equipment manufacturers. It enhances switching capability, reduces development times and increases focus on advanced application development,” said N. Mohan Rangan, Group SVP and chief engineering officer at Altran North America. “We also have a strong, longstanding relationship with Marvell for developing solutions that usher in next-generation technologies for the entire networking ecosystem.”

Altran’s ISS is pre-integrated on Marvell’s Prestera and Link Street® switch solutions and facilitates original equipment and device manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs) and network operators to create white-box platforms with the support of rich feature sets and faster time to deployment. Similarly, Altran’s SDvAS portfolio of Universal CPE, Virtual OLT, Virtual BNG, Fronthaul, and Backhaul gateways, built on the Altran ISS control plane and VNF manager, enables high-performance SDN-enabled solutions for enterprise, residential users and mobility infrastructure. SDvAS promotes flexible and scalable deployment options to support ODM platforms and VNFs deployable as VMs or containers on x86 compute nodes with hardware acceleration offload support.

“The robust feature set of Altran’s ISS complements our advanced switch ASIC pipeline to make possible a wide range of networking deployments,” said Guy Azrad, vice president of Engineering in the Networking Business Unit and general manager at Marvell Israel. “By integrating Altran’s ISS onto our Marvell Prestera CX 8500 family of switches and leveraging a wide ODM white-box ecosystem, we are enabling customers to deploy solutions this year.”

About Altran

Altran ranks as the undisputed global leader in Engineering and R&D services. The Group offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. For over 30 years, the company has provided expertise in Automotive, Aeronautics, Space, Defense & Naval, Rail, Infra & Transport, Energy, Industrial & Consumer, Life Sciences, Communications, Semiconductor & Electronics, Software & Internet, Finance & Public Sector. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience, and design innovation. Altran generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2018, with nearly 46,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

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