>CARY, N.C. Networking software developer LVL7 Systems Inc. said Wednesday (July 31) that it is expanding its focus on Ethernet by porting its Fastpath software package to Intel Corp.'s IXE family of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switching devices.
While other software developers have focused on core and metro designs, LVL7 has made the Ethernet space a primary target. "Ethernet is where the market growth is right now," said Kishore Jotwani, vice president of marketing at LVL7, based here. "Ethernet is where we see continuing growth."
With that objective, the company has been on the prowl for partnerships with chip vendors in order to gain access to Ethernet customers. Last year, it formed a partnership with Switchcore AB, a developer of Ethernet switches. It has also struck a deal with chip developer Marvell Technology.
Through its deal with Intel, LVL7 hopes to increase its penetration of the access and enterprise networking markets, Jotwani said. Specifically, the LVL7 and Intel partnership will target Gigabit Ethernet, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switch applications.
Under their agreement, LVL7 will port its Fastpath software, which delivers Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing, and management functionality, to Intel's IXE5416, IXE5216, and IXE2424 switching products as well as to future IXE products. Intel will preload the Fastpath software in its reference boards and will deliver sample source code for customer evaluation. Operating systems supported include VxWorks and Linux 4.2.