The company last week unveiled its Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN), a software-based SDN suite. Netsocket is literally giving away key components of it so network administrators can experience the benefits of SDN firsthand and build it into their networks incrementally. Today Netsocket released a white paper outlining the NVN technology, its architecture, and use cases.
Netsocket’s SDN philosophy boils down to this: They give organizations the virtual networking infrastructure and sell the powerful applications that automate it and make it more flexible. Netsocket originally built its name on network assurance solutions and has stressed the need for network administrators to see what’s going on within the network and take action and remediate problems from a higher level. NVN is their virtualized answer to that need.
NVN is comprised of a three-tier SDN architecture designed for use with x86 virtual server platforms and commodity Layer 2 switches, including Microsoft vSwitch. Its vFlowSwitch is proprietary but has interoperability with OpenFlow-enabled switches. At the heart of NVN’s virtual infrastructure is vFlowController, which provides carrier-class forwarding control and can natively interoperate with legacy networks through embedded components vRouter, vFirewall, and vTunnel.
NVN comes with a centralized management system that handles automated installation, provisioning and orchestration of the network, and an application that provides real-time network service analytics, automation and optimization of the network – an enhanced, virtualized version of Netsocket’s former flagship product.
The white paper offers studies of two use cases for the NVN suite: the service provider/enterprise data use case, and a use case for distributed enterprise branch offices.