Openet Introduces Load Balancer Appliance

May 24, 2011 - Openet

Subscriber Optimization Software (SOS (News - Alert)) provider Openet recently unveiled its latest high performance, context-sensitive appliance the Openet (News - Alert) Dynamic Context Router (DCR),an appliance that servers as a load balancer and traffic manager among other things.

Openet, the leading provider of SOS to tier one communications and media service providers, announced that its Openet DCR relieves policy, charging, profile and similar network elements of routing, traffic management and load balancing tasks. By relieving the "mesh" of communication between these elements, Dynamic Context Router simplifies network traffic management and reduces costs to wireless operators as they evolve their networks, according to company officials.

 "The relatively static routing logic that served the signaling needs of mobile voice networks is not suited to address the challenges of mobile IP networks as operators evolve," said Openet CMO Mike Manzo. "The context of services delivered within 3G, LTE (News - Alert) and converged networks changes dynamically, impacting routing decisions in unpredictable ways. Openet's DCR appliance is designed to aid network scalability and traffic flow for a flawless user experience."

Openet’s DCR was created largely to address the new challenger that operators face with regards to scale and performance. Specifically, as the demand for bandwidth increases exponentially, operators are struggling to scale their networks, retrieve data stored in disparate systems and deliver services with the speed guaranteed to users, all while supporting new business models, officials explain. The challenge will only be exacerbated with the transition to LTE and the convergence of wireless and fixed line access.

DCR addresses this rising challenge by providing a load balancer appliance that improves operational agility while reducing administrative overhead and simplifying network architecture.

DCR also provides the capability to make real time routing decisions based on dynamic variables within the network. Specific use cases include: intelligent load balancing, including support for subscriber "domaining"; binding of application layer messages with policy and enforcement points; normalization of protocol variations; logical inter-network connection point to support roaming users; and real-time routing decisions that accommodate network dynamism.

In other news, load balancer leader Coyote Point Systems (News - Alert), a company that been delivering application load balancing and application acceleration solutions for over 10 years, recently had its new Equalizer E650GX appliance reviewed by IT Brand Pulse (News - Alert) Labs. The Equalizer E650GX is a purpose-built appliance for accelerated application delivery and network load balancing.

After reviewing the product, it was clear to the reviewers that that the E650GX was designed to deliver enterprise-class performance and intelligent load balancing for virtual environments, with its dual-core processors and dedicated acceleration hardware. Additionally, there are a number of key software and hardware components that are built in the E650GX that differentiate the Coyote Point Equalizer from others in the market.


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