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Ethernity's ENET OF Supports OpenFlow

October 21, 2016

Network technology is undergoing a transformation to keep up with what organizations and individual consumers are demanding. In order to support live streaming video, real-time services, hosted applications and the different types of communications solutions in the market place, a transformation is essential, and it has been long overdue. This has led industries in ICT to adopt software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). The announcement of the availability of Ethernity Networks' ENET-OF solution supporting OpenFlow v1.4 agent will further expand network performance.

In SDN, OpenFlow Agent is a software module which allows the abstraction of optical switch, wireless access point, sensor gateways or any other legacy network element so they can be integrated and managed by the SDN controller. There are a number of OpenFlow Agents that have been developed to support optical, wireless, IoT and other networks devices.

With its ENET-OF, Ethernity has a programmable OpenFlow data path integrated with OpenFlow Agent Ver 1.4 that supports carrier network and data center applications.

Ethernity creates and develops technologies for programmable networks with system-on-chip solutions, carrier grade fabric flow processor for telecommunications and data communications platforms. Its product line is geared for SND, NFV, broadband access, mobile backhaul, Metro Ethernet and data center market segments.

The availability of the ENET-OF solution supporting OpenFlow v1.4 agent will provide seamless operability on top of ENET SDK for optimization of carrier networks and datacenters. It will deliver complete OpenFlow switch pipeline so Ethernity Networks can adapt products quickly on a low cost programmable logic to change SDN and OpenFlow requirements.

According to the company, it improves latency and throughput data by leveraging Ethernity patented Zero Copy architecture while supporting GRE, GTP, MPLS-TP, VXLAN, PBB, and PB protocol offload and interworking. For services providers, having the ENET-OF solution as part of their system will give them a standardized instruction set based on OpenFlow specifications by provisioning, controlling and managing network switch elements. When a service provider plans to improve its network with NFV, it can use ENET-OF to offload software functions of networking data path to a programmable hardware engine.

The Ethernity ENET-OF solution has a reference platform that supports OAM, QoS, hierarchical ACL, routing, bridge, MPLS-TP, IP Fragmentation, and many other advanced functionalities for 4G base stations, EPC and 3GPP protocols. When it comes to implementation of OpenFlow, Ethernity Networks has a template-oriented approach for better interoperability and faster deployment.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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