Networking start-up Raptor Networks Technology Inc has unveiled an upgrade to the firmware that runs on its switches with which it will seek accreditation by the US Army for its Information Assurance requirements, Regulation 25-2.
Santa Ana, California-based Raptor has three products in its Ether-Raptor portfolio whose claim to fame is the Raptor Adaptive Switch Technology, or RAST, interconnect system that allows them to to distribute their switch elements over long distances. The RAST connection allows all of the individual elements of the cluster to virtually merge their cores into a single fabric, creating a large powerful switch that the company claims exceeds the power of any chassis-based switch system built today. The geographical distribution of these elements allows highly resilient and robust networks to be created within a building, between buildings and across cities.
For the latest version of the Raptorware switching software that delivers the RAST interconnect capability, version 2.3, Raptor has introduced what it is calling the IA-compliant upgrade, though compliance has yet to be certified by the US Army.
This milestone differentiates Raptor from legacy switch providers in the Federal space, whose products were ‘grandfathered in’ under contracts awarded before this new requirement was instituted, said Raptor CEO Tom Wittenschlaeger.