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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.

  • Faster/easier/cheaper policy-based service insertion with easy scaling of new and existing services to multi-Tbps without affecting the border leaf
  • Simplifies and reduces costs at the Network/Cloud Edge by off-loading service chaining, load-balancing, packet brokering and monitoring functions to high-performance COTS SDN switches
  • Reduces costs and accelerates monetization of new services at the service edge
  • Switches ports via s/w in real-time using ultra-low-latency switching fabric
  • Reduces core network traffic by isolating traffic flows between services in a chain from the core
  • It greatly reduces the cost-per-bit-inspected via intelligent filtering of the fabric
  • Makes it easy to extract the maximum value/performance from both existing and new services
  • Load-balancing in the switch enables security services to scale independently
  • Replication of packets to out-of-band tools for network visibility and fault resolution
  • Transparent deployment between two network routers or between a network access router and an existing firewall
  • Hides security policies from the rest of the network
  • Elastically and economically scale critical network services such as security assets, (e.g. 5G, DDoS, firewalls, etc)
  • Reduces response time to attacks and troubleshooting
  • Integrated links to ACLs for continuously up-to-date Threat-Intelligence-Gateway
  • 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 pass list 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
  • Non-Destructive Fail-Over Services to Tool Farm while protecting the stateful information (metadata) about flows as virtualized tools are spun up or down in response to changes in traffic
  • Dynamic Tap/Select Services – the ability to dynamically initiate and manage taps and filter network traffic via SDN
  • 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
  • Active/standby services (including security) can be deployed at full utilization – doubling (or more) payload processing with existing investments
  • Eliminates expensive network appliances and h/w vendor lock-in
  • Reduces TCO (H/W, S/W and Ops
  • Single Classification Network Edge Service Programming with S/W based security policies
  • Network services such as service insertion, load balancing, service chaining and packet steering are implemented directly in the NoviMapper-controlled switching fabric
  • Provides dynamic scalability of cybersecurity functions and multi-server tool farms into the Terabit range
  • Implements multiple service chains (policies) each comprising multiple services
  • Allows service programming to be managed independently of the network forwarding
  • Evolved security architecture separates analytics and detection from mitigation/enforcement
  • Orders of magnitude better performance up to 12.8Tbps in a single Intel Tofino or Tofino2-based P4 switch and port speeds up to 400 Gbps
  • Non-destructive load balancing and failover. Ideal for stateful Cybersecurity Servers, DPI Engines, and Web Content Filtering Clusters
  • Multiple NoviSwitches can be installed throughout the network for load-balancing/mitigation/enforcement at network ingress/egress points
  • Protocol allow/deny lists offload protocol types that do not need analysis
  • Mirrors packets to single or multiple Ports/ERSPAN for out-of-band tools
  • Flexible and extensible software-based solution
  • Runs on COTS switches from leading vendors including Lanner Electronics, Edgecore, UfiSpace, Foxconn
  • 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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