June 16, 2008

SOFTBANK TELECOM and Bay Microsystems Deploy Industry’s First Multi-Site Disaster Recovery Solution for Virtual Machines

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Microsystems, Inc. announced today that SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp., (SOFTBANK TELECOM), has deployed Bay Microsystems ABEx2020(R) Multi-Service Transport Gateway to deliver high- performance carrier Infiniband services as part of its Wide Area Virtualization infrastructure and to demonstrate its automated multi-site disaster recovery solution.

The Wide Area Virtualization infrastructure, implemented between SOFTBANK TELECOM data centers in Tokyo and Osaka (approximately 500 km apart), included virtualization of servers, storage, and I/O. Infiniband was adopted as the datacenter network, providing the highest performing unified server and storage solution. SOFTBANK TELECOM successfully demonstrated the automated recovery of VMware(R) virtual servers at the remote data center and the ability to migrate VMware(R) servers between data centers live without interruption.

The Bay Microsystems ABEx 2020(R) Multi-Service Transport Gateway enabled SOFTBANK TELECOM to extend the Infiniband network between data centers across their wide area OC-192 SONET network. Ethernet services were also provisioned from the same ABEx 2020(R) in order to interconnect the network management network at both sites. The ABEx 2020(R) delivers multiple services, including carrier Infiniband, at line rate speeds across any metro or wide area network. This enabled SOFTBANK TELECOM to extend high performance server virtualization, storage virtualization, and I/O virtualization between multiple datacenters.

"Using Bay Microsystems Infiniband extension, we were able to realize a scalable solution that enables rapid, automated, and remotely managed disaster recovery between disparate data centers," said Takeshi Hashimoto, senior research engineer at SOFTBANK TELECOM Laboratories. "This allows us to deliver services that greatly improve our customer's continuity of operations, capabilities that have been difficult to achieve with existing solutions."

As a result of the trial deployment, the following industry firsts were demonstrated:

   -- Automated recovery of virtual machines at remote data centers.      Virtual servers were automatically recovered at the remote datacenter      within minutes after server and site failures were induced.  This      solution significantly accelerated recovery times and nearly eliminated      the need for manual intervention.    -- Migration of live application servers between data centers.      Virtual machines running live applications were migrated between      datacenters without interruption using VMware(R) High Priority VMotion.      This capability enables unprecedented operational flexibility such as      resource optimization between multiple data centers and the ability to      proactively evacuate a datacenter.    

"We are delighted to work together with SOFTBANK TELECOM to develop and deliver this innovative solution which will undoubtedly raise the bar for performance and reliability between geographically-separated data centers spanning metro or wide area networks," said Peter Yamasaki, Systems Business Development Director at Bay Microsystems. "Wide Area Virtualization allows enterprises and providers to realize important new capabilities by extending virtual machine infrastructure globally."

Additional contributions to the solution included I/O virtualization from Xsigo Systems, Inc., storage virtualization and mirroring from DataCore Software Corporation and integration assistance from Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS).

At NXTcomm 2008, Bay Microsystems will also be showcasing Wide Area Virtualization, demonstrating rapid multi-site disaster recovery and migration of live application servers using High Priority Vmotion across hundreds and thousands of miles. The solution includes Bay Microsystems' ABEx Family of Multi-Service Transport Gateways, together with VMware(R) ESX Server, Yotta Yotta's Geo Storage Virtualization Appliance, Anue Systems Path Delay Emulator, and Mellanox Technologies' Infiniband products. NXTcomm2008 attendees may visit Bay's booth (#SL2612) for a live demonstration.

Mr. Yamasaki will also present the wide area applications for Bay Microsystems Multi-Service Transport Gateways at the NXTcomm NXTploration Theater on Wednesday June 18th, 2008 at 4:15PM.

About Bay Microsystems

Bay Microsystems is one of the industry's fastest growing communications semiconductor companies. As the recognized global leader in high-performance, programmable network processors, transport processors, and WAN system technology, its award winning products enable the delivery of converged voice, video, data and multimedia and have been deployed in mission-critical service provider, enterprise and government networks since 2003. Bay Microsystems customers include many leading government, telecom and network equipment manufacturers. For more information please visit http://www.baymicrosystems.com/.

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