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June 02, 2010

The Italian Air Force Picks Up Allied Telesis for Five Multiservice Charters

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

The Italian Air Force, or Aeronautica Militare Italiana, has selected Allied Telesis (News - Alert), Inc., a global provider of secure IP/Ethernet switching solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of converged multi-play networks, for five multiservice charters, or contracts, for an integrated networking solution, which includes the Allied Telesis SwitchBlade x908, AT-x900 advanced layer 3, and AT-x600 gigabit edge switches.

To enable the highest levels of security, reliability and manageability for mission-critical applications, deployment is currently underway in AMI military campuses.
'Our work with military bases around the globe has uniquely positioned us to fulfill the needs of the AMI,' Philip Jopa, Allied Telesis chief technology officer, said. 'Our understanding of the particular requirements necessary to support highly technical and classified applications enables us to deliver the ultra-safe, never-fail networks that support mission-critical needs. By working with the AMI and military organizations globally, Allied Telesis is fluent in the unique market needs of the security and defense sectors.'
The Allied Telesis SwitchBlade x908 advanced layer-3 modular switch incorporates eight high-speed 60 Gbps expansion bays to meet the demands of the AMI and helping it deliver scalable and versatile switching for persistent applications.
High bandwidth with low latency that is required to provide bi-directional, uninterrupted data streaming for communications applications such as video streaming is supported by six 10-gigabit fiber uplinks.
To facilitate centralized network management, the SwitchBlade x908 also incorporates the AlliedWare Plus operating system.
Also packaged with the SwitchBlade x908 are the AT-x900 advanced layer 3 and AT-x600 gigabit edge switches. A failure-free network with high availability and redundancy, meeting wire speed standards for IPv4 and IPv6 routing is created by the x900. This ensures interoperability between current and future network standards vital to AMI network expansion.
Network Access Control security, ideal for the entry point at the edge of the AMI network is provided by the x600 gigabit edge switch solution.
'Leveraging our experience with secure military networks, we proposed a multilayer core switching solution based on Allied Telesis modular machines,' Antonella Santoro, Allied Telesis southern European sales director, said. 'We were chosen because our enterprise-class network solutions offer high resiliency, advanced security, and innovative, flexible models that minimize the total cost of ownership for our clients.'
In related news, Allied Telesis has introduced the SwitchBlade 6000S Series to optimize high-availability, multilayer core connectivity.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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