FlowEngine™ for NFV Infrastructure Vendors

Make NFV solutions more economical and effective 

FlowEngine combines the strengths of traditional networking equipment with value-added features for SDN orchestration with NFV traffic distribution. FlowEngine provides packet classification, load balancing and service function chaining for network virtualization in a single system, helping you accelerate your service development, while delivering an overall NFV architecture that is more efficient and cost-effective for communication service providers. 

FlowEngine helps NFV Infrastructure Vendors solve the following challenges:

Challenge #1: Delivering Performance at Scale

Communications service providers expect their vendors to provide solutions that can handle the growing volume of packet data flows in modern networks. CSPs are turning to SDN and NFV to manage these flows, but legacy solutions require very high processing performance on the underlying COTS servers, which just doesn’t scale.

Our FlowEngine Intelligent Traffic Distribution Systems perform flow classification and then make flow distribution decisions, thereby leaving more processing power on the COTS servers for what NFV solution developers do best–application processing of the virtualized functions. This result in a more efficient NFV architecture, which reduces CapEx and OpEx.

Challenge #2: Lack of Flexibility in Legacy Networking Systems

Our FlowEngine™ technology supports a focussed subset of edge routing, switching and load balancing features, with the addition of traffic steering, and service function chaining to apply the correct sequence of virtualized functions against service-specific or subscriber-specific flows. Exposing these advanced capabilities through an OpenFlow programmable interface also improves the flexiblity and agility of the NFV architecture.

Challenge #3: High Costs with Limited SDN Control

We’ve integrated switching, routing and load balancing capabilities into a single FlowEngine system, replacing the complexity and costs of disparate equipment. In addition, FlowEngine was designed from the ground up with an OpenFlow interface, allowing SDN controllers to apply rapid flow table and service function chaining rules in order to streamline flow processing to virtualized functions.

Why NFV Infrastructure Vendors Choose FlowEngine™

Business Benefits

  • Increased performance and scalability in a smaller footprint than legacy systems
  • Improves user experience, thereby reducing subscriber churn
  • Reduces CapEx and OpEx
  • Allows for rapid and flexible service innovation

Technical Benefits

  • Delivers up to 1.2 Tbps packet classification and load balancing throughput in a compact form factor
  • Intelligently steer individual data flows to the network resources required , improving overall utilization of the entire pool of NFV compute resources
  • Delivers programmability with open SDN control interfaces
  • Delivers flow affinity and statefulness; subsequent packets that are associated with a flow are directed to the same chain of VNF resources

Common Questions from NFV Infrastructure Vendors::

No. We’ve minimized the need for additional hardware purchases as FlowEngine allows you to provision resources in real-time based on user and application demand. FlowEngine delivers both high performance and scalability in a compact form factor. 

No.  FlowEngine was designed from the ground up to be standards based with open programmable interfaces.  Radisys works with multiple SDN controllers, supporting open standard SDN protocols like Openflow and ForCES. In addition, service providers can integrate the FlowEngine platforms into existing networks utilizing standard protoocols for inter-vendor communications.

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