Last week, I attended the Interop Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Not only was it a great opportunity for Dyn Inc. to show off our chops with our stylish new booth, but it was a good chance for our technical staff to go geek out with some very cool and exciting product and service vendors. In this post, I’ll review some of the cool things we saw.
First up, Xirrus and their newly announced Wi-Fi Array system: Not only was their booth cool (featuring live men’s and women’s boxing) and intriguing to all the geeks, their technology is novel, to say the least. Check out their product spec about the Wi-Fi Array; amazing how they can pack up to 16 wireless radios into a compact chassis, and can enable up to 4.8 Gbps of throughput via this device. If you’re thinking about a wireless deployment in the future, its worthwhile to give these guys a call.
Second, Brocade and the MLX-32 router / switch: First of all, these guys had a huge booth, featuring many of Brocade’s products. It was amazing to see the MLX-32 up close and personal – it reminded me of the old full-rack Cisco GSR, but with a lot more density. These bad boys can route up to 128 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and perform link aggregation on up to 32 10-Gigabit ports, creating a massive 320 Gigabit Ethernet trunk. The guys over at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange run these things, to handle massive amounts of bandwidth through their switch fabric.
Third, Fusion-IO and the ioDrive: Wow! Their stuff is stunning. Their booth featured 1,250 simultaneous DVD streams on a 4Ã—4 Samsung Video wall, running off one of their Solid State Disk (SSD) arrays. While this demonstration doesn’t help us out much at Dyn Inc., it does demonstrate that SSD may be a viable option for our DNS servers, which perform thousands of IOPs, in the future. Fusion-IO tells us that FreeBSD drivers are coming this year, so we’re very excited to try one of these devices out!
Finally, in the services sector, you need to check out Mashery. Oren Michels, CEO, and his team are providing a web service to help you provide your web service. If you’ve ever written an API and supported it, you know its a pain in the butt. Generally speaking, the API is pretty easy to write and expose, but suddenly you get thrown into world of access control, connection throttling, caching, and many utility items to worry about. Mashery attempts to solve this problem by front-ending your API with their web service. Your customers make API connections to Mashery, who handles authentication, access control, rate limiting, etc. who then calls out to your system on its backend. You get to focus on writing your API for functionality, and don’t have to worry about all the utility items needed to get it off the ground. They also do metrics and reporting on usage for you. This is something we’ll definitely be looking at for some Dyn Inc. web services.
This is just a slice of some of the picks we found while we were out in Las Vegas. There were many other cool and exciting products there, and literally just too many to blog about. As the only vendor of service-based DNS solutions, we were proud to exhibit and show off our technology, just as many others did.