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Tolly recently spoke with Paul Andersen, Sr. Director of Marketing at Array Networks, regarding their recent release of the AVX Series Network Functions Platform. The AVX Series is a line of purpose-built, virtualized hardware systems designed for multi-tenancy and engineered to host multiple Array and third-party virtual application delivery, networking and security functions while maintaining guaranteed performance.

Given the elastic nature of virtualized environments, it is important to understand how consistent performance will be over time, which is why validating performance is a key metric when we evaluate NFV. The AVX Series Network Functions Platforms provides a combination of virtualization and dedicated appliances through the agility of virtualization and the performance of dedicated appliances.

Per Array, they offer dedicated CPU and memory per Virtual Machine (VM) along with SR-IOV SSL and interfaces per VM. Once again, the agility provides users a pay-as-you-go approach that enables them to increase capacity in ¼ increments. In addition, the open architecture of AVX Series Network Functions Platforms affords users a best-of-breed approach through strategic relationships with Fortinet (NGFW) and Positive Technologies (WAF). The below graphic summarizes the Array architecture and the balance it provides between virtualization and dedicated appliances:

To further understand the Array Network Functions Platform and the benefits of NFV please see the below video:

For more information on the Array AVX Series Network Functions Platform, visit or follow them on Twitter at @ArrayNetworks.

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