NoviSwitch High-Performance Programmable Forwarding Planes for Fixed and Mobile Carriers
The world-wide-web, cloud computing, the move to virtualization, and the massive shift of society to an always-connected lifestyle have placed many challenging demands on service providers around the world. Vertically integrated network architectures built from interconnected black-boxes simply could not keep up with the pace of change. And costs were rising way faster than the revenues. The industry responded by engaging in a total re-examination of the global how networking is done. This resulted in the conception and delivery of Software Defined Networking, a flexible, responsive and scalable way to build networks based on a fully programmable packet processing pipeline.
However, most networking infrastructure was built using network ASICs that were never designed to be programmable in the way SDN required. X86 processors were brought in to make up for this deficiency in programmability, but at the cost of packet throughput. This has resulted in many poor experiences with SDN and has slowed market uptake of this technology.
At NoviFlow, we believe in genuine SDN and in the true expression of the fully programmable forwarding plane. This is why we have designed our SDN products not around traditional ASICs or general computing platforms, but rather on high-performance Network Processors, the same ones found at the heart of high-end routers network appliances in almost every datacenter. Our NoviSwitch forwarding planes offer a fully programmable forwarding plane, the table capacity for handling millions of flows, with the traffic handling throughput and scalability for even the most demanding Tier 1 Service Provider applications. NoviFlow's solutions were designed from the inside out to offer carrier-grade performance and reliability, and offer both the management support expected by telecoms engineers as well advanced features that enable our customers to make full usage of the SDN and programmable networks.