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NoviFlow High-Performance Programmable Forwarding Planes for Governments and Intelligence Agencies


Government IT groups and Intelligence Agencies must be equipped with state-of-the-art network solutions. It is a question of security and protecting national interests. With the rapid advancement of technology, governments are challenged to strengthen the performance, stability and safety of their network systems.


However, governments deal with all the same network growth, cybersecurity and evolution as enterprises, yet at an even greater scale. Virtualization brings forth issues with network complexity and scalability. Integrating parts from multiple vendors with in-house developed systems gives way for interoperability complications. Despite the elevated cost of incumbent vendors’ proprietary protocols, their solutions implement only a part of SDN’s full potential and the growth of demand outpaces the current infrastructure’s ability to scale economically.


These challenges present an opportunity for improvement and NoviFlow offers robust, scalable solutions to optimize and reinforce government network systems. Our standalone NoviSwitch/NoviWare Platforms feature the most complete implementation of SDN OpenFlow on high-bandwidth network hardware. Our programmable forwarding planes can be integrated via Open Source APIs or provided controllers. Pre-programmed solutions and abstraction middleware reduce both the costs and software development delays. NoviFlow products support OpenFlow on 6.5 Tbps Barefoot Tofino hardware for National Scale throughput and capacity, as well as a software upgrade path to P4-Runtime for extended solution in-service lifetime.

  • Programmable multi-table pipeline, full OpenFlow 1.3 to 1.5, enables up to 16 million flows to be tracked at line-rate up to 100 Gbps per port and up to 6.5 Tbps (Barefoot Tofino) switching capacity in a 1U/2U standard rack mount format
  • L2-L7 (incl. data payload) filtering and forwarding
  • VxLAN/L2GRE/L2MPLS/GTP Tunnels
  • API to inject, manage and monitor actions
  • Routing, tunnelling, monitoring, dynamic tapping, Traffic shaping and H-QoS, security filtering and mitigation, metering, load balancing, time stamping, LAG,  BFD link monitoring and other flow-handling at line-rate as part of network fabric
  • Rich set of O&M features for easy installation, configuration, management and zero-touch provisioning (via gRPC)
  • Multiple port configurations available optimized for Access, Aggregation and ToR usage
  • Provides a smooth software-based upgrade path from OpenFlow to P4 Runtime
  • 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, dynamic  scalability from small to hyperscale installations into the Terabps range
  • 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 including both NoviFlow NoviSwitch branded devices as well as Barefoot Tofino-based white box switches (see for details)

NoviFlow Programmable Forwarding

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