Much of the discussion related to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) is understandably around the software aspects of it. But NFV and SDN in some cases also call for new hardware solutions. Lanner Electronics is one of the companies addressing that opportunity.
“The rising adoption of SDN and NFV in telecommunication industry has driven the demands for consolidated and integrated hardware architectures for networking purposes, including servers, switches and routers,” the Taiwan-based vendor commented. “The software approaches are favored by telecommunication sectors as SDN and NFV help reduce implementations of proprietary hardware equipment. By leveraging the benefits of SDN and NFV, carriers are gaining lower TCO, higher efficiencies, and increased flexibility in network management.”
Lanner recently came out with two new hardware solutions – the HTCA-6200 and the HTCA-6600 – for NFV and SDN deployments. These HybridTCA appliances are carrier-grade, modular, and NFVi-ready.
The HTCA-6200, which was designed for NFV edge router applications, is a high availability 2U telecom network chassis. It has dual CPU
blades, each powered by two Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3/v4 CPUs, and it features 16 DDR4 R-DIMM sockets.
It has two swappable I/O blades in front, supporting up to two switch blades or Ethernet blade configuration. It has a redundant power supply, a removable fan module, and it’s NEBS compliant. And it includes either a BCM StrataXGS Trident-II BCM56854 switch fabric with 720Gbps for load balancing, or a Trident-II+ BCM 56860 with 1280Gbps fabric capacity with the option to support 100GbE connectivity.
The HTCA-6600, meanwhile, works well in NFV deep packet inspection server applications in which massive DPI parsing is required. This is a 6U appliance with six CPU blades, and six Ethernet network interface or switch blade slots. It features the same CPU and memory configurations as the HTCA-6200.
Market research analysts at Technavio predict the global SDN market will see compound annual growth of close to 35 percent between last year and 2020.
Executive Editor, TMC
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