NoviFlow High-Performance Programmable Forwarding Planes for Educational Institutions and National Research Networks
High-performance computing, data-intensive applications and devices, prominent multimedia usage, and cloud computing are severely challenging the limits of today’s data networks. In addition, educational networks must also be able to support experimentation in networking architectures and protocols, with production networks that can support scalability in the Terabit range. To answer those demands, the networking industry has created Software Defined Networking (SDN) – a far more flexible, responsive and scalable way to build networks based on a fully programmable packet processing pipeline.
Educational institutions don’t lack the technical capacity to implement SDN, however incumbent network equipment vendors have been slow in facilitating this shift in technology. Meanwhile, the growth of demand in academics is outpacing the current infrastructure’s ability to scale economically, integrate Open Source APIs and support virtual network functions (VNF). The divergent priorities for flexibility and network robustness are straining the relationships between research groups and IT departments. Now, researchers and students need good open source tools with proper documentation, and a multiplicity of APIs in order to interoperate with in-house developed systems and integrate innovations with proprietary protocols/protocol variants.
At NoviFlow, we aim to deliver the benefits of SDN’s full potential. With SDN products designed on High-Performance Network Processors, our fully programmable NoviSwitch forwarding planes can service even the heaviest traffic of Cloud and virtualized applications. With our solutions, educational institution and research networks no longer have to pick between flexibility and robustness, performance and reliability. Complete with management support and advanced features, NoviFlow’s cutting-edge technology and dedicated service enable researchers to make the best use of all SDN and programmable networks have to offer.