Implementing Policy Control as a Virtual Network Function: Challenges and Considerations
- How can a solution maximize the performance of each individual core?
- How can a solution maximize the performance of the overall system (i.e., of all the cores working together)?
- How can a solution effectively coordinate aggregate functions across many cores?
Breaking the Terabit Barrier: A One Terabit per Second Policy Control Virtual Network Function Technology Showcase
- Data Plane Inspection Throughput: 1.1 Tbps (using realistic traffic, including diverse protocols, encapsulation and tunneling)
- Rack-Space: 10 rack units (RU) (includes all compute,storage, and network components)
- Peak Power Consumption: 4995 W
- Performance Density: 110 Gbps/RU
- Power Efficiency: 4.5 W/Gbps
Integra™ – Platform for Virtualizing Services (NFV)
World’s most scalable SDN/NFV enabled VAS Platform
Through Integra & value added service Openwave Mobility is delivering solutions, both directly and in partnership, with software based SDN/NFV solutions. In delivering personalized service routing & dynamic service chaining with Open API, the Integra is the key to unlocking new business value from the data path. The design separation of control plane interaction from user plane packet processing delivers best in class scale on COTS hardware. Support for KVM and VMWare mean that the choice for virtualization technology is open.
The Integra platform is a modular, flexible framework for both control plane data decision making and handling high volume, low latency mobile data traffic streams. The rapidly changing mobile traffic path is characterized by increasing personalization, new data hungry devices, machine to machine traffic, media heavy web content, and high definition video, as well as competitive pressures on quality of service and increasing volumes of encrypted traffic.
It is within this context that Integra provides the ideal VAS platform solution for operators. Integra delivers on network function virtualization both from the perspective of virtual network function components (VNFC) and also service orchestration, dynamic function chaining and elastic deployment. This is the basis for the practical expansion into Software Defined Networks. More InfoIntegra Data Sheet
Cloud Services Policy Controller datasheet
NFV allows for dynamic scale (up and down as required by the network load) and provides an effective multi-tenancy solution (that is, it allows many separate functions from many separate vendors, for potentially many different end customers to co-exist completely separately on the same hardware). Sandvine’s Cloud Services Policy Control solution leverages both of these capabilities:
- Businesses typically experience peak load during the day, when consumer networks are relatively light. Virtualization lets the CSP use the same COTS hardware to provide services for consumers and businesses, simply scaling the various solutions up and down as the load shifts.
- While a single piece of COTS hardware might contain many instances of the Sandvine Virtual Series (one for each distinct enterprise business), these instances are completely separate – it is impossible for any business to access the data or network management policies of another.
Business clients have high quality and service requirements (e.g., critical applications, multi-location telepresence, need for detailed reporting etc.). CSPs who use network policy control to offer these advanced services can grow revenue by delivering exactly what the business client wants:
Innovating In The Mobile Data Stream
Mobile Internet demand continues to expand tremendously both in diversity of devices (4x increase in smart devices) and demand on capacity (60% CAGR in traffic). The challenge and opportunity for mobile operators to manage and monetize data at massive scale has never been greater. The follow-on challenge to vendors is to deliver innovative solutions that directly address operator issues of ROI and CAPEX/OPEX today – or risk becoming commoditized.
At Openwave Mobility innovation is in our DNA. We are investing in and focusing on internet user-data streams that the mobile internet is heavily orientated toward, in order to deliver great real-time experiences such as Video Streaming and Audio Streaming, whilst simultaneously enabling direct monetization by data plan management, advertising and promotions. This is the space Openwave Mobility has pioneered with the perspective that streaming will always be a central element of the Mobile Internet going forward. Today our focus is delivering technology to our operator customers to manage these streams, to monetize the quality of experience and to deliver a new level of business value to both enterprises and consumers.
Openwave Mobility is delivering on this, both directly and in partnership, with software based SDN/NFV solutions. As part of our Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Solution, we are enabling personalized service routing (dynamic service chaining) in a platform which fundamentally separates control plane interactions from user plan packet processing. Read more about our technology vision here.
Sandvine Virtual Series datasheet
Sandvine Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) Virtual Series datasheet
Sandvine and PeerApp – Virtually embracing the Content Revolution
The joint PeerApp / Sandvine solution is a deployment of the Sandvine Policy Engine and PeerApp UltraBand open content caching. The Sandvine Policy Engine transparently redirects relevant traffic to the PeerApp system, which then delivers cached content locally. Both of these solutions are now available in a virtualized options enabling even greater efficiency and agility.
The PeerApp/Sandvine caching solution utilizes elastic software architecture to create a best-of-breed virtualized caching network function that enables optimal network cost structure and enables superior subscriber experience in next generation broadband networks.Download Data Sheet