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Radisys Introduces Intel Xeon-based SDN, NFV Hardware

By David Delony September 09, 2014

Radisys Corporation has announced a couple of new Intel Xeon-based products for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications.

“At Radisys, we’re focused on enabling the industry and our customers with leading COTS technology to maintain their market leadership,” said Keate Despain, vice president of business development, Radisys. “As we upgrade our T-Series portfolio and roll out new products with the latest Intel processor and virtualization capabilities, Radisys, with its broad and deep expertise across Telecom platforms, software and solutions, is very well positioned to help its customers successfully transition to the next-generation of Intel technologies.”

The company has introduced two new products, the TCA-4700 blade for T-Series Ultra and Pro and the T-Series compact rackmount server. Both are based on the Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 processor. Radisys has also added Intel Data Plane Developer Kit optimizations.

The company has decided to use this processor because it allows them to support the growing SDN market. SDN requires a lot of processing power to support functions such as deep packet inspection. Mobile carriers need raw power to deploy SDN across their vast networks supporting thousands of customers at a time.

As more people use data-hungry applications like voice and videoconferencing over mobile networks, it stresses the ability of carriers to keep up with the demand. Deploying SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV), combined with the continual increase in processing power thanks to Moore’s Law, lets them do more with less. It will be possible in the next few years to move from dedicated network hardware to general purpose servers, which are cheaper and more flexible.

“The continued momentum towards adopting server, cloud and virtualization technologies in telecommunications networks will bring many benefits including lower operating costs and faster deployment of new services,” said Rose Schooler, Vice President and General Manager, Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, Intel. “Radisys’ rapid adoption of telecom-grade products based on Intel’s newest E5-2658 v3 series processors, all optimized to operate with the latest DPDK technology, will help meet the needs of demanding data plane applications in today’s NFV and SDN deployments.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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