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Segment Routing over IPv6 (SRv6) for CyberMapper

PROBLEM

It’s hard to monetize what you can’t monitor!

Virtualization, cloud computing, and ubiquitous mobile devices are all contributing to the exponential increase in traffic volumes. Services are moving closer to the Edge, and the percentage of data center traffic going ‘east-west’ within and between data centers has risen to over 80% of the total. Network traffic generated by telemetry, usage monitoring and traffic analysis, as well as the hardware and operating expenses of installing physical TAPs, is driving through the roof the cost of Load Balancing, Packet Brokering and Telemetry collection. Furthermore, the increasing complexity of implementing security at the edge is becoming a limiting factor to protecting data, identity and network resources the core, as well as becoming a barrier to network adaptability, latency and scalability, and driving up both OPEX and CAPEX.

 

In the following video, Bell Canada’s Daniel Bernier describes the challenges facing network operators in this fast-evolving environment:

SOLUTION

NOVIFLOW DELIVERS IPv6 SEGMENT ROUTING (SRv6) FOR CYBERMAPPER

NoviFlow’s CyberMapper programmable forwarding plane solution adds SRv6 support to its existing packet brokerage, load balancing and network telemetry services, effectively reducing the overall cost for the Service Provider Edge by integrating these network functions into an easy to manage and deployable solution. Deployed with Intel’s Barefoot Tofino programmable switch fabric empowered by NoviFlow’s NoviWare Network Operating System, the solution leverages the performance and flexibility advantages of P4 as a programming and control language for Software Defined Networking.

 

Below NoviFlow’s Jesper Eriksson describes our SRv6 Segment Routing solution:

 

Used with industry standard cybersecurity appliances and services, NoviFlow’s CyberMapper delivers high throughput and dynamically scalable network services into the Terabit/s range while reducing total customer network CAPEX and OPEX. By integrating SRv6 capability into CyberMapper, the solution efficiently addresses even the largest deployments and enables cost-effective dynamic scaling to right-size capacity for the most highly variable demands.

  • Intel/Barefoot Tofino hardware network services proxy for SRv6 enabled networks:
    • Introduces a new variant of SRv6 binding segment allowing one or more network services to be bound to a service policy and segment ID (SID)
    • Act as the orchestrator for an enforcement point for the above service policy
    • Invokes in order the network services defined in the service policy
    • Load balances one or more pools of physical (PNF) or virtual (VNF) network services
  • Allows network services to be addressable and reachable from anywhere in the network rather than being hard-wired to a specific physical location in the network
  • Separates the advertisement of the service policies from the network service policies themselves
  • May be used in the mobile backhaul and GiLAN to support service chaining
  • Supports Terabit/s throughput capacity at each SRv6 network services proxy
  • Traffic engineering, service chaining of addressable service resources
  • Modernization and innovation of security services deployments within a carrier network
  • Network simplification and significant OPEX / CAPEX savings

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