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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 our fully programmable forwarding plane technology, our solutions 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.

  • Programmable forwarding pane solutions delivered on COTS white-box hardware with multi-Terabit per second capacity
  • Integrates key networking functions such as load balancing, service chaining, and packet brokering directly in the network fabric
  • L2-L7 (incl. data payload) filtering and forwarding
  • VxLAN/L2GRE/L2MPLS/GTP Tunnels
  • API to inject, manage and monitor actions
  • Routing, tunneling, monitoring, dynamic tapping, security filtering and mitigation, metering, load balancing, time stamping and other flow-handling at line-rate as part of network fabric
  • Rich set of O&M features for easy installation, configuration and management
  • Multiple port configurations available optimized for Access, Aggregation and ToR usage
  • Line-rate performance, fast table updates and easy centralized provisioning and control
  • Value-Added services executed in the network fabric, replacing dedicated appliances and thus reducing cost.
  • Capacity increase through unique scale-out architecture
  • Modular scalability from small to hyperscale installations
  • Simplifies deployment of NFV, cloud and multi-tenant services
  • Reduced installation and support costs via remote configuration and upgrades
  • Future Proof
  • Field upgradable as standard evolves via software field-upgrade
  • Flexibility to extend OpenFlow as needed
  • Flexibility to add/remove meta-data information in NSH
  • NO vendor lock-in as all components delivered on commercial off-the-shelf hardware.

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