Speed is the name of the game for network service providers. If the data an organization wants to get to their customer is not delivered in a timely manner, they’ll find a better network.
As the number of mobile devices increases and networks get strained more than ever, software defined networking (SDN) is unmistakably becoming the tool of choice. Software and hardware companies are using SDN to increase benchmarks and achieve speeds of 100 gigabits per-second (Gbps).
The OpenFlow-based switching solution from NoviFlow, Inc. is made possible with the NP-4 network processor from EZchip Semiconductor.
OpenFlow is the result of six years of research by Berkley and Stanford universities. It is a programmable network protocol for managing and directing traffic between routers and switches from different companies. It achieves this by separating the programming of routers and switches from the hardware.
By making the control function independently, it can provide a consistent traffic management and engineering.
“By uniting our OpenFlow compliant software with high-performance programmable hardware from EZchip, we can deliver the high speed performance that large operators expect from their networks. This solution overcomes one of the hurdles currently preventing true mass market adoption of SDN technologies,” said Dominique Jodoin, president and chief executive officer at NoviFlow.
The NovieWare 100 OpenFlow 1.1 switch software provides full support and implementation, Command Line Interface (CLI) configuration, Dynamic configuration loading and reporting via XML, better performance and other tools to give network manufacturers easier compatibility options.
“NoviFlow’s NoviWare running on the EZchip NP-4 brings together the best technologies to produce an OPenFlow compliant switching solution that enables customers to meet the challenges of every increasing performance requirements. This solution is ushering in the future of software device networking at speed that simply weren’t achievable just a few months ago,” said Amir Eyal, vice president of business development at EZchip.
The 100 Gbs speed the NP-4 network processor produces is accomplished with an integrated hierarchical traffic management, OAM processing offload and by enabling a direct connection from the line card to Ethernet-based switching fabrics.
The OpenFlow Release 1.1 has been deployed for use in OpenFlow Trials with different port configurations including and 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 100Gbs.
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Edited by Braden Becker