The Sonus Session Border Controller Software Edition (SBC SWe) is the industry’s leading virtualized, cloud native, session border controller. The SBC SWe is architected to deliver unlimited scalability with the same advanced features and functionality of Sonus’ SBC hardware portfolio.
|VNF Form Factor||VNF|
Although the SBC SWe shares common SBC application software, the cloud native NFV version differs from the physical version of Sonus’ SBCs by leveraging the adoption of a microservices architecture. This enables the SBC SWe to be optimized for orchestration to meet elasticity and dynamic scaling obligations, while also meeting carrier-grade security and reliability expectations. One example is support for Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to very efficiently handle media transcoding requirements.
|Top Use Cases||
|Customer Deployment Details||
Sonus SBC SWe is being deployed in all three use case above ranging from:
Sonus is also currently testing and trialing with multiple Tier 1 service providers who plan to transition SBCs to the Cloud as part their NFV/Cloud strategies.
|Key Customers||Arrow Systems Integration; Telegate; Veracity|
|Linux Foundation Projects||OPNFV and ONOS|
|Supported Hypervisors||ESXi, KVM and Hyper-V|
|Supported VIMs||OpenStack and VMware vRealize/vCAC/vCD|
|Management Framework||The Sonus SBC VNF can be scaled and managed using many ETSI compliant 3rd party MANO solutions. Optionally, Sonus provides a VNFM for SBC VNF scaling and management.|
|HW Acceleration Supported||
The Sonus solution has an accelerated data plane powered by DPDK, SR-IOV, or VMware Direct I/O. No specialized NICs are required.
|Performance and Scalability||
A single SBC SWe is scaleable from 25 to 10s of thousands of sessions. Capacity can be elastically scaled up or down using network-wide licensing.
Sonus believes the right approach for high availability for an SBC VNF is to use the “Allowed Address Pair” method which allows us to replicate the very effective techniques used in the hardware-based SBC for active to standby switchover.
Pricing is session based, offered on a tiered, flat pricing model, using a network-wide licensing mechanism, allowing sharing of licenses between instances or platforms to align with the ephemeral nature of virtual, Cloud deployments.