Communication service providers face stagnating revenues, increasing expenditures, and tough competition from cloud and over-the-top (OTT) service providers. Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are opening the way to increased efficiency and reduced costs, but providers are encountering new challenges as they evolve NFV from trials to network-wide deployments.
As OTTs offer more and more services, providers are fighting to keep their networks from becoming commodities by adding new services they can monetize such as Internet of things (IoT), video, and data analytics offerings. To support these services, providers need carrier-class infrastructure capable of connecting millions of data flows to thousands of virtual network functions (VNFs). A new paper from Radisys shows how it has teamed up Sanctum Networks and Intel to create an SDN–powered platform that provides the scalability and performance providers need.
The joint platform uses open standards and open source to provide high-speed data plane services that efficiently direct data flows to VNFs. Integrating cutting-edge hardware and software components, the platform provides carrier-grade traffic aggregation, service automation, and real-time analytics. The programmable solution consists of two key elements:
- Radisys FlowEngine software running on the Radisys Traffic Distribution Engine 500 (TDE-500): Offers carrier-grade traffic aggregation, service automation, and real-time analytics. FlowEngine delivers a high-speed flow classification and intelligent load-balancing engine with millions of flow entries for forwarding data to physical or virtual services.
- Sanctum Networks’ Jupiter SDN controller: A secure, resilient, OpenFlow-based routing and orchestration solution proven and deployed in provider environments.
With FlowEngine and TDE-500 providing high-performance data plane services under the control of the Jupiter SDN controller, the combined platform can be programmed to connect millions of data flows to thousands of VNFs. The underlying platform includes an Intel high-performance, high-intelligence chipset that supplies the scalable data flow processing that providers need to offer new services quickly and reliably.
Read the paper to learn more about how the Radisys Sanctum-Intel solution can help providers monetize new services immediately by reducing the time-to-market for deployment and reducing operational costs for years to come.