Radisys to Work with EZchip to Develop SDN Services

By Casey Houser September 14, 2015

Radisys Corporation, developer of FlowEngine load balancers, recently announced its partnership with network processor developer EZchip to help advance software-defined networking (SDN) products for communications service providers (CSPs).

The main problem that CSPs encounter when considering the move from traditional networking to SDN is the complexity of integrating hardware, software, and support. Radisys notes that this pairing with EZchip could bring all those elements together. CSPs can focus more on delivering services to customers and worry less about how their networks will efficiently handle traffic.

Eli Fruchter, the CEO of EZchip, noted in the official announcement that Radisys has effectively separated the control plane of a network with the data plane, which allows for better control over network data.

“Our next-gen NPS network processor is unmatched in performance and flexibility,” Fruchter said, “and Radisys’ expertise as a leading provider of software and hardware solutions combined with its professional services arm allows us to support CSPs real-world, carrier-grade SDN deployments, delivering on key use cases such as service function chaining.”

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Service function chaining is the process of tying together network services, such as a firewall, which service providers can then offer as software in the cloud. Instead of forcing CSPs to install a host of hardware on a client's premises, it can simply allow the client to access the same functions through the cloud.

The companies will reportedly offer their combined services as a “white box” product that businesses can make their own. One North American mobile operator, for instance, will be using the SDN data plane in a manner that is expected to “differentiate its networking infrastructure,” according to the report.

Any subscriber should expect a high service availability, visibility into their own networks to deliver services and enforce data access policies, and flexibility with software libraries and processing of Layer 2-7 networking. SDN interfaces in this product will remain open source, for ease of developer access, but commercial-grade and robust to tackle any project CSPs put forth.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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