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NoviMapper Network Services Load Balancer

Terabit Scale Policy Based Service Chaining and Load Balancing



With the arrival of virtualization, the cloud computing and ubiquitous mobile devices, volumes of traffic are increasing exponentially. Also, the types of services offered increasingly rely on a huge variety of business processes provided as services that run across networks, many of which are distributed across multiple domains. As the percentage of data center traffic going ‘east-west’ within and between data centers has risen to over 80% of the total, the duplication of massive amounts of network flows in order to get telemetry, monitor usage and analyze traffic, as well as the hardware and operating expenses of installing physical TAPs, is driving the cost of Load Balancing, Service Chaining, Packer Brokering and Telemetry collection through the roof.



NoviFlow’s NoviMapper delivers optimized load balancing, packet brokering and telemetry acquisition functions without requiring the use of physical taps to duplicate packets on the main network and transmit them to monitoring and analytics networks. NoviMapper empowers network providers to fully leverage the network/cloud edge as an intelligent resource that can pre-process traffic in order to both optimize information flows throughout the network, and make the best possible utilization of all network resources, thus reducing hardware costs, operating expenditures and even energy utilization.

Unlike conventional non-SDN network solutions, NoviFlow’s NoviMapper leverages the disaggregation of data and control planes to enable these to scale independently, making for greater overall solution modularity by enabling the redistribution and redeployment of network resources in real-time as networking demand fluctuates and change over time. Our solutions’ programable match-action technology further facilitate the transformation of networks from proprietary and virtualized infrastructure to programmable, cloud-enabled solutions deployed on white-box hardware that can economically meet the capacity needs of today’s networks, and that can be software upgraded to enhance or even change functions as needs evolve.

This adaptive modularity also drives new mechanisms for network optimization: thanks to NoviMapper’s service chaining and load balancing capabilities, network services that are usually delivered at the network’s edge (such as security assets, e.g. DDoS, firewalls, etc) can be pooled together and made accessible from anywhere in the entire network, reducing total service costs by sharing capacity over multiple locations, rather than overprovisioning at each ingress/egress point.

  • Simplifies and reduces costs at the Network/Cloud Edge by off-loading service chaining, load-balancing, packet brokering and monitoring functions to high-performance white-box SDN switches
  • Elastically and economically scale critical network services such as security assets, (e.g. 5G, DDoS, firewalls, etc)
  • Multi-Terabit throughput capabilities at an affordable price point that provides low-cost carrier-grade horizontal scaling of security services and VNFs
  • Dynamic Packet Steering to Active in-line tools, including dynamic passlist to bypass tool farm and deep inspection inside of encapsulated packets (can Inspect IP headers inside multiple label encapsulation)
  • Proportional Load Balancing to Tool Farm – enhanced Enumerated Load Balancing algorithm to service Tool devices with different throughput capabilities, easily accommodating environments where Tool devices have been added over time and thus vary in capabilities
  • Filter protocol control packets from being sent to tool farms
  • Dynamic Tap/Select Services – the ability to dynamically initiate and manage taps and filter network traffic via SDN
  • Dynamic Load Balancing and non-Destructive Fail-Over Services – Tool Farm dynamic scaling in real-time, and non-destructive fail-over while protecting the stateful information (metadata) about flows as virtualized tools are spun up or down in response to changes in traffic
  • Cluster Activity Dashboard – a web-based dashboard that presents the activity and allocation of the flow Load Balancing to the Tool Farm in real-time
  • Makes Network-Edge services and applications faster to deploy, and less expensive to scale and operate
  • Provides dynamic scalability of cybersecurity functions and multi-server tool farms into the Terabit range
  • Network solutions that are agile to evolve as requirements change
  • Faster prototyping and rollout of new networking functionality and protocols such as INT
  • No forced obsolesces of networking equipment as it may be reprogrammed and repurposed
  • More choices through the disaggregation of networking hardware and software into white boxes and NoviWare
  • Independent scaling of control plane and data planes as the network grows or to fit different types of networking functionality
  • Less vendor lock-in due to reliance on open protocols and technologies

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