SIAE Microelettronica Evolves SM-OS with SDN Support

By Rory Lidstone February 23, 2016

Lately, it seems as though software defined networking (SDN) is on the verge of taking over IT. It’s a claim that’s hard to deny with so many companies and service providers making the shift to SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV), the latest of which being SIAE Microelettronica. The developer of wireless communications technology recently took a major step toward SDN with the showcasing of a ‘new IP’ network over its existing SM-OS based microwave portfolio at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.

SIAE first launched SM-OS back in April 2014 as a ‘Future Proof Network Operating System’ powered by Aricent's ISS and able to operate in all SIAE’s next generation products. At that time, SM-OS based products fulfilled all carrier Ethernet requirements. Last year, SIAE demonstrated a major evolution for SM-OS: native support for IP/MPLS evolving from an L2 to an L3 microwave.

The evolution continues this week as SM-OS implements native openflow protocols to enable SDN operations.

To facilitate this latest evolution to the SM-OS platform, Aricent instant VPN is being run atop open source SDN controller opendaylight to establish an L3VPN service over AGS20 microwave radio network elements performing packet forwarding over MPLS tunnels. This hardware is comparable to that being deployed in today’s L2 carrier Ethernet mobile backhauling networks. The application also supports BGP peering toward a traditional IP/MPLS network for seamless operation.

“This implementation of new IP is a demonstration of how L3VPN can be implemented over cost effective transmission platforms, while satisfying the need of not adding additional equipment in the backhaul network,” said Paolo Galbiati, head of product line management at SIAE Microelettronica. “Following our participation in completing the ONF Industry’s First Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept, now we are pioneering the new IP over microwave radio, pushing the boundaries of transport SDN implementations.”

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

Contributing Writer

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