Saisei Spreads Its Message of Full Link Utilization

By Paula Bernier September 24, 2014

Saisei, a two-year-old company that until recently consisted solely of a group of engineers and founders, is now trumpeting its value proposition. And Jeff Paine, the company’s new vice president of marketing and Cisco’s first-ever marketing person, is leading the charge. He recently spoke with NFVZone about how Saisei is creating a new product category called network performance enforcement.

The company’s network performance enforcement appliances, which sit in the data forwarding plane, will enable enterprise and service provider networks to run at or near full capacity, as opposed to operating at 30 to 50 percent to make sure there’s adequate bandwidth for bursting during peak usage times, says Paine. That means there will be less idle bandwidth and company’s can have more bandwidth on hand to fuel select applications and/or ensure a high-quality connectivity experience for all, he adds.

The Saisei solution, which is based on three patents from ARPANET creator Larry Roberts, is a game changer in light of how much traffic it can allow a 1gig link to carry, according to Paine. Some companies do deep packet inspection of an entire flow and compare it to a signature database, Paine says, but that approach doesn’t scale. Saisei, meanwhile, looks only at the first 30 to 40 frames.

“It’s just a different way of looking at things,” he says, adding: “This is really an advance in IP networking and is a reengineered and reimagined way” of approaching networking and how to address congestion.

The first release of Saisei’s solutions, which is scheduled to start shipping in about four weeks, will be available as physical or virtual appliances and can run in legacy or SDN-based environments.

There are three offerings on this front. FlowVision, which is for anybody that just wants the analytics piece, can handle 1 million concurrent flows on a 1gig link or 5 million flows on a 10gig link. FlowEnforcer, targeted at the lower end enterprise customer, adds to that automated and flexible flow control, and a CLI interface and REST API for integration with third-party systems. FlowCommand, for large enterprises and service providers, adds additional flow security capabilities and the ability to ensure net neutrality, according to Paine.

Saisei founder and CEO Bill Beckett gave a speech at TMC’s Software Telco Congress late year in November, during which he talked about the benefits of a software-based approach from an infrastructure provider’s perspective.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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