A FULLY PROGRAMMABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FORWARDING PLANE THAT CAN SCALE
CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) combines Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) to bring datacenter economics to the Telco Central Office. NoviFlow switches offer features specifically designed for carrier networks, with the high throughput, programmability and scalability that make them ideal for implementing CORD.
FROM PROPRIETARY DEDICATED DEVICES TO VIRTUALIZATION
CORD addresses the cost and complexity of dedicated, multi-vendor network devices in the central Office by separating the hardware from the software. CORD adopts standard x86 servers as the hardware base. The Telco software components run on Virtual Machines (VM) hosted by the x86 servers. This provides a flexible and cost efficient environment for executing Telco services.
CORD also modernizes the Central Office network. A Programmable Fabric of switches replaces the hierarchical switch structure running peer-to-peer protocols. The Programmable Fabric delivers a network that is efficiently managed via central control. And, with simple software upgrades, the fabric can adapt to new networking protocols.
VALUE-ADD IN THE NETWORK FABRIC
NoviFlow switches are perfect for CORD. They provide the most powerful Programmable Fabric available with the match+action programmable pipeline is run on NPU base silicon. This architecture delivers: line-rate performance, huge match-rule sets, complex match conditions, powerful action sets, user defined match rules and actions and high-performance rule updates.
In addition to the core fabric programming service, NoviFlow switches deliver many Value-Added services. These services are programmed directly into the switching fabric.
Examples of key Value-Added services:
- Service Function Chaining Architecture based n FRC 7665
- Cybersecurity Mitigation action implemented at line-rate in the switch fabric
- Line-rate load balancing implemented in the leaf switches for the switch fabric
But this is only a sample of what can be done. NoviSwitches are a programmable match+action pipeline environment that can inject value-add into the CORD network fabric as fast as you can think up the new use cases.
NoviFlow’s switches are designed for easy integration and installation in even the largest networks, and offer a rich set of O&M features such as SNMP, AAA authentication with Radius, auto-provisioning on startup with gRPC, and more.